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How to do Ram-Don (Jjapaguri) – just like in the movie Parasite! : FOOD

Ram-Don (also known as Jjapaguri) is made by cooking Jjapagetti and Neoguri noodles together in a saucepan. They are delicious chewing noodles in a jjajang sauce with a hint of spicy udon taste. This dish occurs in the film Parasite and if you love Jjajangmyeon you will love this combination.

Ram-Don or Jjapaguri served with steak cubes on a chic porcelain plate

Ram don noodles with steak (from the film Parasite)

You didn’t grow up with Jjapaguri or Ram-Don. I heard about it a few years ago and basically it’s a brilliant combination of Jjajangmyeon (Chapagetti and 짜빠) and Spicy Udon (Neoguri 너구리) without broth, but with the delicious spiciness of the Udon broth.

Personally, I can’t eat much of these instant noodles due to my sensitivity to gluten, but Chapagetti was one of my favorite instant noodles as a child and remains my daughter’s favorite to this day. I always have to make sure I have a couple when they come home for a visit.

I published a quick recipe for it in my 3 simple ramen recipes many years ago, but I felt that it deserved a separate contribution – in part due to the recent enthusiasm for Korean film Parasite and how this dish appears in the film, but mostly because I wanted to share some improvements I made to the recipe.

For some reason this subtitle was translated as Ram-Don. I think for Ramen + Udon? But in Korean it was always called Jjapaguri = Jjapa (getti) + (Neo) Guri.

Koreans eat most of the Ramyeon 라면 (instant noodles) in the world!

Did you know that Koreans eat the most Ramyeon per person per year? According to data from 2015, Koreans eat around 75 ramyeon per person per year, while Indonesians eat around 50. Then Japan is number 3 with 43 and China with number 36 per person and year.

Ramyeon (ramen) was not always poor man’s food

When Samyang Ramyeon was first introduced in the 1960s, Ramyeon was around 10 cents (about $ 2), while a Korean daily special like Kimchi Jjigae Baekban was 30 cents and Jjajangmyeon was 20 cents in Chinese restaurants. Back then, it was almost a treat for poor people.

Now, half a century later, the cost of most ramyeons in Korea is still below 1,000 won, which is less than a dollar, while the average cost of jjajangmyeon in restaurants is now around 5,000 won (loud Korean government study). That makes Ramyeon a very cheap meal. This is especially so in recent years. After the 70s, when these noodles were mass-produced, many poor students and workers lived from these instant noodles and ate them almost every day.

Ram-Don and Hanwoo Korean Beef in the film Parasite

A cheap Jjapaguri dish (Ram-Don) with expensive Korean beef (Hanwoo 한우) is a very interesting take by director Bong. This dish symbolizes the rich Park family, who tries to enchant a cheap dish – since just a simple Jjapaguri is not good enough for their son.

Is this realistic? Yes, definitely to a certain extent. Koreans (especially the ultra-rich) love to put glamor in everything. Incidentally, adding the steak really doesn’t work that well in my opinion. But my addition of spring onions makes it much better!

Anyway, note that although the subtitle only mentioned adding sirloin in Korean, the maid is instructed to add the cut Korean top sirloin beef (Hanwoo Chaekkeutssal 한우 채끝 채끝) to the noodles. You may not think much if you only think – steak. But in Korea the price difference between Hanwoo (beef from cow raised in Korea) and imported beef from the United States or Australia is quite big.

Korean beef is usually more than twice the price of imported beef. According to a study by the Korean Department of Agriculture (2013-2017), a Hanwoo Short Ribs cost 4791 won per 100 g, while frozen ribs in the United States cost 22 2294, which is less than half the cost. Therefore, for most Koreans, Korean Hanwoo beef is only eaten on special occasions, unless you are crazy about the Parasite parks and can easily throw the meat into any dish.

For your information: If you want to learn more about Korean beef cuts, I have written a great post here.

To do justice to the “ridiculousness” of this dish, I decided to use the most expensive dish I have, namely this beautiful Hungarian hand-painted dish by Herend (inherited from my mother-in-law) together with our silver chopsticks. My mother-in-law usually lives a very economical life, but she likes to buy the BEST when she travels. And now I am the happy beneficiary of these wonderful dishes that she bought on her trip to Hungary many years ago. Thank you mother! 💕

To serve this very cheap Ram-Don in this very, very expensive plate … it’s pretty, but kind of ridiculous, isn’t it? LOL .. 🤩😍

Ram don noodles on a chic gold-plated plate with silver chopsticks

Steak with ram don noodles (jjapaguri)

How to do Ram-Don (Jjapaguri 짜파 짜파)

Servings: 2 Time: 5 min Difficulty: VERY EASY !!

  1. Boil 5 cups of water.

  2. Cut the spring onions into thin slices. Put aside.

    Marinated steak cubes in white bowl

    Steak cubes marinated

  3. Cut the steak into small cubes. Season lightly with mirin, sesame oil, sea salt and black pepper or just salt and pepper.

  4. Heat a non-stick pan and cook the steak cubes for a few minutes until they are cooked to the desired degree. Put aside.

    Chapagetti and Neoguri noodle packets and dry flakes

    Instant noodle packages

  5. Open pasta packs and dry flakes and soup packs.

  6. When the water boils, put both noodles in the pan and let them cook for 2 minutes.

  7. Drain about half of the water from the pot and still leave enough water to barely cover the pasta. Return the saucepan with the pasta to heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer.

    Cooking pasta in a pot with soup and dry flake packages all added

    Pasta with soup powder and dry flakes added

  8. to open Pack of dry flakes of both packages and put in the pot. Add all of them Chapagetti spice pack and 1/2 of Neoguri spice pack (Add more if you like it spicy and salty).

  9. Keep mixing until all the noodles are well coated.

    jjapaguri ram-don cook in a pot

    jjapaguri ram-don cook in the pot

  10. Let the pasta simmer for another 2-3 minutes until most of the liquid has disappeared and the noodles are well covered with sauce.

  11. Add cooked steak cubes and also Chapagetti oil. Stir. Put immediately in a bowl.

  12. Plate of pasta and top with sliced ​​spring onions. Serve with some danmuji (pickled yellow radish).

    Well, I hope you enjoy this simple, quick, and delicious dish! With or without steak

    XOXO ❤️,

    JinJoo

    Close-up of Ram-Don Jjapaguri noodles picked up with chopsticks - everything ready in the pot

    Ram-Don (Jjapaguri) noodles

    Jjapaguri noodles with chopsticks raised

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Ram don or jjapaguri with steak cubes on Hungarian herend plate

Ram-Don (Jjapaguri) noodles with beef

The recipe for Ram-Don or Jjapaguri consists of 2 Korean instant noodles. The way it looks in the film Parasite. So quick, easy and delicious !!

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Course: noodles

Kitchen: Korean

Keyword: Instant noodles, ramen, ramyeon

KoreanischKategorie: Myeon (면)

Preparation time: 3 protocol

Cooking time: 10 protocol

Total time: 13 protocol

servings: 2

manual

  • Boil 5 cups of water.

  • Cut the spring onions into thin slices. Put aside.

  • Cut the steak into small cubes. Season lightly with mirin, sesame oil, sea salt and black pepper.

  • Heat a non-stick frying pan and cook the steak cubes for a few minutes until they are cooked to the desired degree. Put aside.

  • Open pasta packaging and dry flakes and soup packaging.

  • When the water boils, put both noodles in the pan and let them cook for 2 minutes.

  • Drain the water (approximately half) from the pot, and still leave enough water to go just below the top of the pasta. Put the saucepan with the pasta back in the stove. Switch on at medium speed and let simmer.

  • to open Pack of dry flakes of both packages and put in the pot. Add all of them Chapagetti spice pack and 1/2 of Neoguri spice pack (Add more if you like it spicy and salty).

  • Let the pasta simmer for another 2-3 minutes until most of the liquid has disappeared and the pasta is well covered with sauce.

  • Add the cooked steak cubes and Chapagetti oil just before switching off. Stir. Put immediately in a bowl.

  • Plate of pasta with the steak cubes and on top with sliced ​​spring onions. Serve with some danmuji (pickled yellow radish).

Remarks

  • Jjapaguri is best eaten immediately. Don’t leave it too long, noodles soak up the sauce and become uncomfortable to eat.
  • Adding the steak is optional – I added it mainly because it was done in the film. It’s pretty good without the steak.
  • And if you live in Korea, buy Hanwoo Chaekkeussal 채끝 채끝 for the steak. Buy Wagyu beef outside of Korea if you want to, but not absolutely necessary
  • Do not overcook the pasta
  • The right amount of water is important – leave enough water just under the pasta and continue cooking until you have only the think sauce left.
  • Serve with danmuji and kimchi

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