My Recipes: Jjapaguri (aka Ram-Don)

I got curious about this dish while watching the movie Parasite last year. Jjapaguri or Ram-Don is highly popular all over the world plus it’s easy to make at home.  I’m kinda late with making this dish not until Corona happened (hahaha) and I got curious again!

Parasite became the first Korean film to win the Cannes Palme d’Or. The film won the Golden Globe Best Foreign Language Film and became the first non-English film to win the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. They also won Best Picture, Best Director, Best International Feature Film, and Best Original Screenplay.

The movie tells the story of two families — the extremely rich and the extremely poor. As a class subtext, this cheap instant noodle dish (combination of Chapagetti and Neoguri)  gets an upgrade with an expensive beef (ribeye steak). The rich mom (Mrs. Park) asked the housekeeper to make Jjapaguri with a top sirloin for her son. She ended up eating the dish alone, which was served in a high-end china, at her big wooden dining table.

Total Prep Time: 15 – 20 mins

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces tender beef (sirloin, ribeye, butcher’s)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • garlic cloves, roughly crushed 
  • Spring onions, chopped (for garnish)
  • 1 pack Chapagetti
  • 1 pack Neoguri
  • 4 cups of water

Procedure:

  • Cut beef into bite size pieces and season with salt and pepper. while seasoning the beef, start boiling 4 cups of water in a medium size pot.

  • Heat a pan with a tablespoon of oil. Add the meat and the garlic, and cook all sides to the slightly less than desired doneness (i prefer medium rare).
  • Bring 4 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 (save 1 cup of water from the pot), 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 (from the Chapagetti), and ½ of the spicy seasoning powder (from the Neoguri), and the beef. 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 and garnish with spring onions. You can serve with kimchi on the side.

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