Ramdon (Chapaguri) with Steak

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) + Neoguri (spicy, seafood-flavored instant noodles)

This hybrid, easy-to-make-at-home 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.

scene from Parasite movie when rich mom eats chapaguri or ramdon

Note, this dish goes by two names.

In Korean, it’s called Chapaguri. The name comes from a hybridization of the two instant noodles that are used to make this dish. Chapaghetti + Neoguri = CHAPAGURI

In English, it’s called 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!

Ingredients:

  • 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, and dehydrated vegetables. The Chapagetti also comes with a tiny oil pack. You will need all of these elements, so don’t throw them away!

How to Make Chapaguri or Ramdon:

  1. Cube steak. Cut an 8 oz steak into 1 1/2-inch cubes. Salt and pepper generously.
  2. Sear steak. In a cast iron skillet, sear steak cubes until nicely browned.
  3. Cook instant noodles + vegetable packets. Fill a large stock pot with 2 inches of water. Bring to a boil and add instant noodles and the dehydrated vegetable packets from BOTH packages.
  4. Drain noodles. When the noodles are 80% cooked, drain. Make sure to reserve 1/2 cup of starchy liquid.
  5. Add sauce. Add drained noodles back into the stock pot. Sprinkle 1 packet of Chapagetti soup base and 1/2 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 immediately!

PRO Tips:

  • Use a fine mesh strainer. Better than a regular strainer to keep the tiny reconstituted vegetables.
  • 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.

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!

black bowl of chapaguri or ramdon with steak

Other easy Korean dishes:

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

Ramdon (Chapaguri) with Steak

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 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine Korean
Servings 2
Calories

Equipment

  • Cast iron skillet
  • Medium saucepan (or Large stock pot)

Ingredients
  

  • 1 package Chapagetti (Korean instant noodle)
  • 1 package Neoguri (Korean instant noodle)
  • 1 8 oz steak (nicely marbled)

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). 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.

Notes

*1 I used ribeye steak but any nicely marbled steak will do.
Keyword Chapaguri, Ramdon
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