Dog Ramen Puts Some Growl In Your Bowl

Shopping at Asian supermarkets can be a culinary adventure, even more so if the market happens to be IN Asia. The shelves stock a number of food products you're not likely to see on your own continent; a mixed blessing to be sure.

Take this package of instant ramen noodles, which looks much like dozens of other such college student staples offered in a vast variety of flavors like Beef, Chicken, Seafood and more. If you can read Korean, however, you'll note the main ingredient is Dog. Now that's ruff. 

Dog Ramen is made in Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture, located in China's northeastern Jilin province which borders North Korea and Russia.

The region's population is just over 30% ethnic Korean (as of 2000) and most of the manufacturer's production is consumed locally. Most but not all: distribution networks funnel the product to stores in Beijing, Guangdong province near Hong Kong, even to reclusive (but hungry) North Korea.

Researchers at Japan's Rocketnews24 managed to contact a worker at the factory who stated “it takes 30 kilos of dog meat to make 3,000 packages of Dog Ramen.”

Meat sourced from roughly 20 large dogs would be required daily if we extrapolate the worker's figures over an average 9-to-5 production run of 30,000 packages.

Sales figures for Dog Ramen are hard to come by but a Hong Kong media outlet reports a rise in interest since the media jumped on this story, so we can assume sales are rising as well. The product has been marketed for about 10 years and prices have remained steady at 2 yuan or about 30 cents per package. Two flavors seem to be available, presumably mild and hotdog.

What might we expect now that the international media spotlight is shining on Dog Ramen? Will howls of protest chase the product off Chinese store shelves? It may not come to that, as China may soon enact a raft of new animal cruelty laws meant to punish those who traffic in dog or cat meat and use it in foodstuffs... since moral deterrents obviously aren't working.

Consider yourself warned, dog (ramen) lovers, and grab yourself a hot bowl of poodle & noodle while you still can! (via Japundit, Rocketnews24, Segye, Read2CH, and Record China

May 17, 2012
by Anonymous


This is absolutely vile! It's a serious subject matter. Is there a reason you chose to write about dogs as food in such a "cute" manner? I find that even more upsetting.

May 17, 2012

Sorry if you're upset but...

Sorry if you're upset and instant Dog Ramen is undoubtedly unusual but when describing a product of someone else's culture, one must remove their personal cultural filters. As for the tone, wouldn't the world be a better place if we smiled and turned the other cheek instead of vilifying (and occasionally "kill-ifying") those whose values clash with our own?

May 17, 2012
by Anonymous

Probably won't see this on

Probably won't see this on store shelves in South Korea as sale of dog meat is illegal. However, it is consumed in specialty restaurants in South Korea, the actual meat (as well as its byproducts) isn't sold in stores.

May 18, 2012
by Anonymous

Ka-gogi to go...

I spent time in the mid 80's on the Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea. The locals were country folk and while many in the city disavowed knowledge of dog meat as a food source, villagers eagerly sold dogs in open air markets and consumed them in a variety of dishes. Realizing that in order to better understand the act of eating dog as a relatively low cost protein source, I personally worked hard to keep my own cultural bias in check as I wandered the open air markets where cute little fur balls (a specific breed of canine is preferred, but I can't remember its name) reached out at me through cages. Viewed through Western eyes, it was disturbing, I'll admit, but the world is all about "diff'rent strokes for diff'rent folks". In this regard, while Lassie is a pet and NOT the main course at MY table, I can respect that "alternative" sources of protein come in all shapes, sizes.... and forms. Respects