Ramdon (Chapaguri) is the 10-minute Korean instant noodle dish (with steak!) from Parasite that’s easy, fast, and deliciously indulgent.
Last weekend, I watched the movie Parasite. Yes, I loved it. Yes, I wanted to eat Chapaguri or Ramdon almost immediately!
What is Chapaguri or Ramdon?
Chapaguri aka Ramdon is a popular instant noodle dish in South Korea, made from combining two different instant noodles: Chapaghetti (black bean sauce instant noodles) and Neoguri (spicy, seafood-flavored instant noodles).
Easily made at home, this hybrid dish gained instant notoriety when it made an appearance in the Oscar-winning South Korean movie, Parasite.
In the movie, the rich mom calls the housekeeper on the way home and asks her to make Chapaguri. Make sure to include the Hanwoo beef, she insists. When no one else in the family wants it, the rich mom eats from a giant bowl at the kitchen table.
In Korean, this dish is called Chapaguri. Chapaghetti + Neoguri = CHAPAGURI
However, in the movie it was translated as “Ramdon.” Translators thought it best captured the hybrid nature of this dish. Ramen + Udon = Ramdon.
Whatever you chose to call it, it’s unbelievably delicious!
- Chapagetti. Korean instant noodle that’s flavored with black bean sauce (jjajangmyeon).
- Neoguri. Korean instant noodle that’s spicy with a red, seafood-flavored broth.
- Steak. Any nicely marbled steak works nicely. I use ribeye, sirloin, or New York strip.
Note: The Instant Noodle packages come with dehydrated noodles, soup base pack, and dehydrated vegetable pack. The Chapagetti will also come with a small oil pack. You will need to use all of these elements, so don’t throw them away!
How to Make Chapaguri or Ramdon:
- Cut an 8 oz steak into 1 1/2-inch cubes. Salt and pepper generously.
- Sear beef until browned.
- Partially cook instant noodles + dehydrated vegetable packets from BOTH packages (2 minutes only).
- Drain noodles, making sure to reserve 1/2 cup of starchy liquid.
- Add 1 packet of Chapagetti soup base + 1/2 packet of the Neoguri soup base.
- Add reserved starchy water and cook until the sauce is glossy and thick.
- Add beef and oil packet from Chapagetti. Mix well and enjoy immediately!
Cultural significance of Ramdon in Parasite:
In the movie Parasite, the inclusion of Ramdon with steak makes a big statement.
To fully understand the point that’s being made, it’s helpful to appreciate the place of instant noodles in Korean culture.
Koreans are the biggest consumers of instant noodles in the world. In fact, the average Korean consumes 76 packs of ramen per year! Fast, easy, and satisfying to eat, instant noodles are a universally popular, cook-at-home pantry item.
By adding Hanwoo beef to everyday instant noodles, the movie is highlighting the extreme wealth of the rich family. Hanwoo beef is luxurious, expensive, and very upscale. Considered the Wagyu or Kobe beef of Korea, it’s eaten rarely and only at special occasions.
But this particular family is so rich, they can afford to keep Hanwoo beef in the fridge year round. They don’t think twice to casually add this posh cut of meat to a bowl of instant noodles!
Other easy Korean dishes:
- Carbonara Tteokbokki with Bacon
- Buckwheat Soba Noodles with Perilla Oil
- Bibim Guksu (Spicy Cold Mixed Noodles)
- Tornado Egg Omelette with Ginger Fried Rice
- Korean Street Toast
Ramdon (Chapaguri) with Steak
- Cast iron skillet
- Medium saucepan (or Large stock pot)
- 1 package Chapagetti (Korean instant noodle)
- 1 package Neoguri (Korean instant noodle)
- 1 8 oz steak (nicely marbled)
- Heat up a cast iron pan to medium high heat. While the pan heats up, chop the steak in 1 1/2 inch cubes. Generously salt and pepper the steak cubes.
- When the pan is hot, add 1 tsp neutral cooking oil (I used grapeseed oil). Add cubed steak and do not disturb until nicely browned on one side, about 2 minutes. Flip to the other side and finish cooking to your preference. (I think medium tastes best for this recipe.) Transfer to a plate and set aside.
- Bring 3 cups of water to a roiling boil. Place both the dried noodles and the dried vegetable packets into the boiling water.
- After partially cooking the noodles (about 2 minutes), drain the noodles and add back to the pot. Make sure to reserve 1/2 cup starchy water in a cup and set aside.
- Add 1 packet of the Chapagetti soup base and 1/2 packet of the Neoguri soup base (you can add more if you like things spicy).
- Keeping the heat on medium-low, add 1/2 cup reserved starchy water and mix noodles with tongs until the sauce is glossy and thick, about 1-2 minutes. Add water in 1-2 Tbsp increments if the noodles start looking too dry.
- Turn off heat and add beef. Mix some more. Drizzle oil packet from Chapagetti package.
- Transfer to serving bowls, dividing noodles and beef equally. Eat immediately.