Hello everybody! Jjapaguri time!
I didn’t know anything about these super-popular Korean noodles before I watched the movie Parasite recently. In the movie the woman was ordered to make these noodles in 7 minutes. She said: “What is jjapaguri?” and actually that’s exactly what I said!
I searched the internet and asked my children, everyone knew about these noodles except me. They are simple to make, the only ingredients are 2 packages of instant noodles! As you know, I’m not a big fan of instant noodles, only in emergency situations will I have spicy Shin ramyeon, but after watching the movie I was interested in trying them. Plus, some of my readers and viewers asked me: “Maangchi, can you make jjapaguri from the movie?”
Usual jjapaguri is easy to make, but in the movie they make an upgraded version with top-quality Korean hanwoo beef. This is impossible to buy in America, the closest equivalent is top quality ribeye. I made mine even more rich and delicious by adding butter.
I hope you guys who were interested in learning the recipe enjoy this video. It should serve 2 people, but if you are super-hungry it serves 1!
- 1 package of Jjapagetti (짜파게티) instant noodles (labelled “Chapagetti” on the package in English)
- 1 package of Neoguri (너구리) instant noodles
Beef steak, optional
- 8 ounces rib eye steak or sirloin, cut into ½ inch cubes
- a pinch of kosher salt
- a pinch of ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- If you use beef steak, combine the beef, kosher salt, pepper, and the vegetable oil in a small pan and mix it well with a wooden spoon.
- Cook over high heat for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring with a wooden spoon until the beef turns light brown. Add the butter, stir and mix well and cook another minute. Remove from the heat.
- Open both packages and take out the noodles and all the packets from both.
- Jjapagetti (labelled “Chapagetti” on the package in English) has noodles with 3 packets: one for black bean paste seasoning powder, one for seasoning oil, and one for vegetable flakes.
- Neoguri (너구리) has thicker noodles with 2 packets: one for spicy seasoning powder and one for vegetable flakes.
- Bring 3 cups of water to a boil in a medium-sized pot. Add both kinds of noodles and both packets of vegetable flakes.
- Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring and turning with tongs or long chopsticks to separate the noodles and cook them evenly.
- Strain the noodles over a medium-sized bowl, and then put the noodles and the cooked flakes back into the pot.
- Measure 1 cup of the strained hot noodle water and put it back into the pot. Add black bean paste seasoning powder, and ½ of the spicy seasoning powder from the Neoguri package, and the beef (if used). Stir and mix for 1 to 2 minutes until everything is well incorporated.
- Remove from the heat, add the seasoning oil and stir it in.
- Transfer the noodles to a large plate and serve right away. You can serve with sliced yellow pickled radish (danmuji) or kimchi.