Jjapaguri (Ramdon) with Steak from Parasite Movie

Difficulty Easy

After watching the South Korean Oscar-winning movie Parasite — I was running to make this dish! Ramdon, also called Jjapaguri, combines the best of two worlds: cheap instant noodles and luxurious, premium beef. Chewy instant ramen noodles are coated in a savory and spicy sauce. Tender chunks of beef make it feel extra special. A 10-minute noodle dish that’s indulgent, easy, and absolutely delicious!

What is Ramdon or Jjapaguri?

Ramdon, also called Jjapaguri (Chapaguri), is a Korean instant noodle dish that gained instant notoriety when it appeared in the Oscar-winning South Korean film Parasite. Directed by Bong Joon Ho, it won several Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.

Jjapaguri combines two different types of instant noodles — Chapaghetti (black bean sauce) and Neoguri (spicy seafood flavor). The combination of chewy noodles and spicy, savory black-bean sauce is so good.

In the movie Parasite, the rich mother innocently requests that Hanwoo beef be added to the Jjapaguri. By adding Hanwoo beef to cheap instant noodles, the movie highlights 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 add this posh cut of meat to a bowl of instant noodles!

In North America, we don’t have access to Hanwoo beef (it’s a special South Korean beef) but any premium cut of beef will add that same indulgent flavour. I recommend a well-marbled ribeye or sirloin steak.

Jjapaguri noodles have all the ease and convenience of instant ramen noodles. And the rich indulgence of beef steak. An easy and delicious way to upgrade instant noodles.

The flavour is quite unique — savoury with a spicy kick of seafood flavour. Add all the black bean paste seasoning powder and half of the spicy seasoning packet. Chewy, saucy noodles with indulgent bites of steak — YUM!

Why does the dish go by two names?

This dish goes by two names: Ramdon and Jjapaguri (Chapaguri).

  • In Korean, it’s called Jjapaguri. The actual Korean name comes from combining the names of two instant noodles: Chapagetti noodles (black bean noodles) and Neogori noodles (spicy seafood noodles). Chapaghetti + Neoguri = CHAPAGURI (or Jjapaguri).
  • In English, it’s called Ramdon. Translators thought it best captured the hybrid nature of this dish. Ramen + Udon Noodles = Ramdon.

Whatever you choose to call it, it’s unbelievably delicious!

scene from Parasite movie when rich mom eats chapaguri or ramdon

Ingredients:

  • Chapagetti. Korean instant noodles flavoured with blackbean sauce (jjajangmyeon).
  • Neoguri. Korean instant noodles flavored with spicy seafood flavour.
  • Beef Steak. A premium cut of beef steak makes Ramdon especially delicious. Look for a well-marbled steak that’s at least 1 inch thick. I recommend AAA ribeye steak, New York strip, or sirloin steak. If you’d like an even more luxurious cut of meat, look for Wagyu or Kobe steak.

*Note: The Instant Noodle packages contain dehydrated noodles, seasoning packets, and dehydrated vegetables. The Chapagetti also comes with a tiny vegetable oil pack. You will need all of these elements, so don’t throw them away!

Instructions:

  1. Cube steak. Cut an 8 oz steak into bite-size pieces or 1 1/2-inch cubes. Salt and pepper generously.
  2. Sear steak. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add steak cubes and sear until nicely browned. Set aside.
  3. Cook instant noodles + vegetable packets. Fill a medium pot with 2 inches of water (about 1.5 cups of water) and bring to a boil. Add instant noodles and dehydrated vegetable packets (from each instant noodle package) to the boiling water.
  4. Drain noodles. When the noodles are al dente or 80% cooked, drain. Make sure to reserve 1/2 cup of starchy liquid.
  5. Add sauce. Add drained, cooked noodles back into the pot. Sprinkle 1 instant seasoning packet of Chapagetti soup base and 1/2 instant seasoning packet of the Neoguri soup base. Add reserved starchy water to make a sauce. Cook on low heat until the sauce is glossy and thick, mixing well with tongs.
  6. Add steak cubes. Add beef cubes (and juices) and oil packet from the Chapagetti. Mix well and enjoy Chapaguri or Ramdon immediately!

PRO Tips:

  • Use a fine mesh strainer. When draining the water, a fine mesh strainer will keep all the vegetables from going down the drain.
  • Sear steak. To get a good sear, use a cast iron pan. Also, make sure to heat it well! If the pan is too cold, the steak will steam.
  • Make sure to add the steak juices. As the steak rests on the plate, juices will release. Scrape all the juices to enjoy the full beefy flavor.

Instant noodles in South Korea:

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, instant noodles are a universally popular pantry item.

Many times, people add different items to make it more substantial. Common additions — egg, green onion, thinly sliced meat, fish balls, kimchi, or fast-cooking vegetables such as bok choy or spinach.

For Jjapaguri, the addition of beef steak makes it extra special and delicious!

black bowl of chapaguri or ramdon with steak

FAQ:

Where can I find the instant noodles packages?

Both Chapagetti and Neoguri can be found at most Korean grocery stores. They are popular, well-known, easy-to-find ramen noodles from the Nongshim brand. You can either purchase them in individual packages. Or in packs of 5, wrapped together.

More easy 15-minute Korean dishes:

bowl of chapaguri (Ramdon) in black bowl with wood background

Jjapaguri (Ramdon) with Steak from Parasite Movie

The Subversive Table | Lis Lam
Ramdon (Chapaguri) is the Korean instant noodle dish (with steak!) from Parasite that's easy, fast, and deliciously indulgent.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine Korean
Servings 2
Calories 372 kcal

Equipment

  • Cast iron skillet
  • Medium saucepan (or Large stock pot)
  • fine mesh strainer (large)

Ingredients
  

  • 1 package Chapagetti (Korean instant noodle)
  • 1 package Neoguri (Korean instant noodle)
  • 1 8 oz steak Strip Loin, Rib eye, New York Strip, or any other nicely marbled premium beef steak

Instructions
 

  • 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) and swirl around the bottom of the pan. Add cubed steak in a single layer, making sure not to crowd the pan. 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 entire 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 and juices. Mix some more. Drizzle oil packet from Chapagetti package.
  • Transfer to serving bowls, dividing noodles and beef equally. Eat immediately.

Notes

Tips:
    • Use a fine mesh strainer. Better than a regular strainer to keep the tiny reconstituted vegetables.
    • Sear steak. To get a good sear, use a cast iron pan. Also, make sure to heat it well! If the pan is too cold, the steak will steam.
    • Make sure to add the steak juices. As the steak rests on the plate, juices will release. Scrape all the juices to enjoy the full beefy flavor.

Nutrition

Calories: 372kcalCarbohydrates: 54gProtein: 9gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0.3mgSodium: 1731mgPotassium: 153mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 10IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 25mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Chapaguri, Ramdon
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