Today, I will share with you one of the hottest trends in Korea around instant noodles. It was popularized in part by the TV show “Dad! Where Are You Going?” (아빠 어디가). In it, one father made kids some instant noodles which they loved. Many people who watched the little boy enjoying them were drooling. LOL… If you watched that episode, you might have wanted to try them too, like me. So, here is a recipe for it. The name is fun too – jjapaguri. It is made by combining the names of two different types of instant noodles. “jjapa” comes from “jjapagetti” (black bean noodles) and “guri” from “neoguri” (spicy instant noodles). Combining two different kinds of instant noodles makes a new delicious flavor. One is a non spicy black bean noodle pack and the other one is a very spicy noodle pack. This concept has become so popular in Korea that the Korean instant noodle companies are advertising and bundling them together. Try this someday.
Yield: 2 Servings
Short Korean Lesson
- Wang (왕) = King
- WangBi (왕비) = Queen
- 1 Pack Jjapagetti (Korean Instant Black Bean Noodles)
- 1 Pack Neoguri (Korean Instant Ramen Noodles)
- 5 Cups Water
- Some Sweet Corn for Garnish (Optional)
- Some Peas for Garnish (Optional)
Obtain one pack of Nonshim Japagettie, which is the Korean brand and name for the instant black bean noodles. Obtain one pack of Nonshim Neoguri, which is Korean brand and name for the spicy instant noodles.
Neoguri includes the instant noodles, 1 pack of dried flakes, and 1 pack of spice powder.
Jjapagetti includes the instant noodles, 1 pack of dried flakes, 1 pack of black bean powder, and 1 pack of oil.
Add both blocks of noodles in 5 cups of boiling water.
Right after adding the noodles, add both of the dried flake packs. Cook for about 4 minutes on medium high, or until the noodles are almost cooked.
We will not use whole pack of the spice powder from neoguri. So obtain a generous ½ Tbsp of it in this step. Depending on your tastes, you can add more powder later.
Check the noodles to see if you like the texture. Some people like to cook the noodles longer than others. For me, 4 minute on medium-high was right.
Quickly drain the noodles, but save about ½ cup of the water for later.
Leave the stove turned on. Quickly add the drained noodles back into the pan and continue cooking them.
Pour the saved broth into the pan. Keep the temperature on medium-high. Start counting down from 30 seconds.
Add 1 pack of black bean powder and 1 pack of oil.
Add the spice powder (the ½ generous Tbsp that you measured earlier). It will be better to be prepare all of the spice packs beforehand (opening them up).
Mix everything gently. All of these steps (adding broth, powder, and oil) should be done quickly (in about 30 seconds).
Serve it with kimchi, cucumber, and yellow pickled radish. Hard boiled eggs are a match too.
I enjoyed it very much with sides that I prepared ahead of time. It can be a very easy and simple meal or snack food. Enjoy!