Finally, you all, I’m sure, have been waiting for! The recipe for Chapaguri or “Ram Don” from the film Parasite!
If you’ve been living under a rock: Parasite is the first South Korean and in fact, first non-English film to have won Best film in Oscar history. I shed a tear, I’m not going to lie! If you haven’t seen it, it’s one of those films that actually live up to the hype.
Now, some spoilers ahead!
In one scene, the rich family is requesting for the house maid to cook something called Chapaguri and to throw in some of that Hanwoo beef they have left over.
Koreans love mixing different things to create something new, for example Rabokki which is a ramen and tteokbokki mixed. So Chapaguri is this new trendy thing where you mix two flavours of instant noodles.
What’s pivotal in the film is that they would waste Hanwoo (Korean Waygu) for what’s essentially junk food. It just shows the massive divide between rich and poor!
Anyhow! Chapagetti or chacharoni are just instant jjajangmyeun (black bean noodles, recipe in my feed for the real stuff), it’s then mixed with Neoguri, spicy seafood seasoning, hence “chapaguri”.
True parasite style, I’ve added Aberdeen Angus ribeye to mine.
It’s super easy, here’s the recipe:
1 packet of chapagetti or chacharoni
1 packet of Neoguri
1 steak (optional)
Chop up steak and fry in butter.
Boil the two noodles in water along with both dried veg packets, about 4 mins or until soft with a bite.
Drain but keep about 1 cup of cooking water.
Add noodles back into saucepan along with the all chapagetti seasoning and half of the neoguri seasoning. Add cooking water and cook for about a minute.
Add steak and mix through.
Serve with some kimchi or damuji (pickled yellow radish, traditional with jjajangmyeun).