Jjapaguri/Chapaguri (Korean Instant Noodles – Jjapaghetti and Neoguri combined)

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Jjapaguri (Korean Instant Noodles - Jjapaghetti and Neoguri combined)

Are you a regular follower of any Korean TV program? Quite frankly, I’m not. The only way I keep the connection between me and Korean TV programs is by reading entertainment news on the internet. About a month ago, an article grabbed my attention. “Yoon-hoo’s eating broadcast – Jjapaguri and his rave” in a TV show called, “Dad, where are you going? (Appa, Eodiga? 아빠, 어디가)”.

Yoon-Hoo eating Jjapaguri

(Original source: MBC)

It was the top news on Naver (a Korean search engine similar to Yahoo but with a market share equivalent to Google) for one day. Then I was thinking, who’s Yoon-hoo?, what is Jjapaguri and what the heck is this news is in the headlines? It got me curious. I won’t go into too much detail about the actor nor the program, so if you want to find out more about those, please click the relevant hyperlink on the above keywords.

Jjapaghetti and Neoguri Noodles

On the other hand, regarding Jjapaguri (짜파구리), I would like to give it some attention since it is a FOOD which I care a lot about. Jjapaguri is simply a combination of Korean instant noodles Jjapaghetti (짜파게티) and Neoguri (너구리). Individually they display quite different characteristics. Jjapagehtti is a black bean powder noodle, which is consumed dry (not accompanied with a soup). On the contrary, Neoguri is an udon noodle kind in a spicy soup and its distinctive feature is having dried kelp/Kombu in the packet. So mixing these two noodles becomes a new hybrid of Jjapaguri and apparently it was a big hit in Korea. (It was so popular that Nongshim, the manufacturer of both noodles, made a TV commercial about Jjapaguri last month. The ads looks a bit tacky though, what do you think?)

Yoon-Hoo's Jjapaguri commercial ad

(Photo source:etoday.co.kr)

Just a side comment on this Jjapaguri – apparently Jjapaguri was also featured by G-dragon as his favourite snack food in a different TV show called “Thank you” earlier, if anyone is interested in it, yet it appears that Yoon-hoo is the one who made it really popular nationally.

By now, I got really curious about the taste. I couldn’t even use my imagination for this odd noodle combination. I looked around the internet to find out how to make Jjapaguri and it’s very simple to follow. So this is how it goes. If you are an avid K-pop fan, I strongly encourage you to give it a try!

Ingredients for 2 servings (or 1 serving if you normally eat 2 noodle packs)

(Cooking time: 5 to 7 mins)

  • Jjapaghetti (Korean instant black noodles)
  • Neoguri (Korean instant spicy seafood udon type noodles)
  • 4 cups of water (1 cup = 250ml)
Jjapaghetti and Neoguri Noodles Components

Components of each noodles

1. Boil the water in a pot on high heat for 2-3 mins.

Boiling water

2. Once the water is boiling, add the Jjapaghetti noodles (right in the picture below), Neoguri noodles (left) and dried vegetable flakes from both packets in the pot.

Adding Jjapaghetti and Neoguri noodles with dried vegetable flakes

3. Boil it until the noodles are cooked, about 2-3 mins. During this time, mix the noodles well by lifting and dropping them a couple of times.

Cooking noodles

4. Drain the water but leave about 6 tbsp worth of water. Then add the whole packet of Jjapaghetti powder soup sauce, 1/3 packet of Neoguri powder soup sauce and olive oil from the Jjapaghetti sauce. Mix them well. (If you want more spiciness, you could increase the amount of Neoguri powder soup sauce.)

Adding powder soup

Mixing noodles with powder soup

5.Serve it on a plate and enjoy!

Jjapaguri (Korean Instant Noodles - Jjapaghetti and Neoguri combined)

 Note:

  • Sweet corn & peas in my picture are not included in the packet.
  • My taste verdict: It tasted very similar to ordinary Jjapaghetti noodles, except that it had some spice kick to each bite. I thought it’s not something to rave about, but I guess everyone will form a different opinion. :) So try this recipe and tell us what you thought of the noodles in the comment section below!!

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Jjapaguri/Chapaguri (Korean Instant Noodles - Jjapaghetti and Neoguri combined)
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Korean
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • Jjapaghetti (Korean instant black noodles)
  • Neoguri (Korean instant spicy seafood udon type noodles)
  • 4 cups of water (1 cup = 250ml)
Instructions
  1. Boil the water in a pot on high heat for 2-3 mins.
  2. Once the water is boiling, add the Jjapaghetti noodles, Neoguri noodles and dried vegetable flakes from both packets in the pot.
  3. Boil it until the noodles are cooked, about 2-3 mins. During this time, mix the noodles well by lifting and dropping them a couple of times.
  4. Drain the water but leave about 6 tbsp worth of water. Then add the whole packet of Jjapaghetti powder soup sauce, ⅓ packet of Neoguri powder soup sauce and olive oil from the Jjapaghetti sauce. Mix them well. (If you want more spiciness, you could increase the amount of Neoguri powder soup sauce.)
  5. Serve it on a plate and enjoy!

 

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Hi, I'm Sue and I am the author/cook/photographer behind My Korean Kitchen. Thank you for joining me in this delicious culinary journey!

Comments

  1. Thank for the instruction! I tried it today and it tastes amazing!

  2. I LOVE that cute show with such beautiful children I wish I could give birth some Korean children, they are the most beautiful to me. I also saw the entire “THANK YOU” show as well with Kwon, jiyongshi (G Dragon) preparing Chapaguri. His knife skills really scared me. I just knew that he would cut himself. Everything he made looked really delicious. I wish that I could teach him a few things.

    Since I’m vegan, I tried my hand at making my own version of Kwon, Jiyongshi’s (G Dragon) dish. You can see it here (http://beyondnfinity.dreamhosters.com/2013/04/23/chapadragon-homemade-chajangmyun-wseaweed/) if you like. I love your instructions on how to make this dish. I just made it according to how I viewed him doing it on “THANK YOU” I just LOVE your site!

  3. I am a fan of instant noodles any time when I can’t be bothered to cook. I will have to check if my local Asian grocer has these to give it a try. K-Pop always puts a smile on my face, I just spent 10 days in Asia and got to listen to some new tunes. Mind you I have no idea what they are saying but they area always so stylish.

    • I hope you had a great trip to Asia. I’m a huge fan of instant noodles too when I don’t feel like cooking. Though I try to limit the consumption as it’s not healthy. :) I hope you get to try these noodles!

  4. Woow this is my lucky day :) just found you through just one cookbook. I realy like far east cooking and want to do more of it. I am a fan of K-drama and always gazing at them when they are eating wondering what exactly is this hahaha … kamsamida – I hope I said it correctly.

    • Welcome to My Korean Kitchen, Amira! I’m glad you found me too. It’s always good to meet people who’s interested in Korean culture. Hope to see you more often! I’ll be covering more Korean food featured on a Korean TV show in the future. :)

  5. Stephanie says:

    I literally run to my nearest grocery store straight after watching the eps. Hoo eats it very well. This kid is really good for any food advertisement, he made everything he ate looks delicious. Bahh.. Too bad the taste does not suit my pallate. I prefer real jjajangmyun over this. But totally still worth to try.

    • Oh! You tried this food?! I would prefer real jjajangmyun over this too. Though the other day, I made Jjapaguri again but this time I increased Neoguri powder to 1/2 from 1/3 and it was quite good. Still instant noodles can’t compete with real noodles. :D

  6. My daughter is Korean telenovela fanatic. I mean for real, that’s all she does on her spare time.
    We also eat korean noodles from time to time. In fact we don’t have a favorite brand yet adn sometimes it’s a hit and miss. Im glad you featured some here so I know that they are good
    Love the photos. They jump of my screen really!

    • Thanks Malou! Nongshim brand is the most popular for instant noodles in Korea. Particularly, those two above. I hope you and your daughter enjoy Korean noodles.

  7. Now you got me started craving on those instant noodles. Once in a while I want to eat it. It’s very nostalgic taste (from college? Haha). I must go buy one tomorrow. :D

    • Me too. I try not to eat instant noodles too often but every now and then I have surge of craving. It must be the chemical in the packet calling on us. :)

  8. This is a new dish for me! But I love noodles in all shapes, sizes, and flavors, so I’m sure I’d enjoy it. Really fun post – very entertaining! Thanks.

  9. I love jjajangmyeon, but I’ve never tried this. I know. I should have my Korean card confiscated. :P I will need to look for them next time I’m at the Korean market. Fun post Sue!

  10. This would be so comforting now on a rainy and a bit cold morning. I love your presentation and explanation about the products-I will look for it next time i’m in the Asian market. Great post Sue, and very yummy pictures!

  11. I always mix things up too when making ramen or Korean noodles. Sometimes I add so much additional ingredients, the noodles seem to be the side dish. haha… Love this post. I have to try this.

  12. It sounds like a perfect quick warming meal for the rainy weather we are having now. I must check if I can buy Korean instant noodles here (no Korean shop, but the Vietnamese and Japanese shops carry a bit of Korean products). I love noodles and you have reminded me that my number one noodles are Korean sweet potato ones. we love them so much with my husband, I buy two huge packages (1 kilo) every time I see them. You would be shocked to see how I cook them (nothing Korean I’m afraid ;-) ).

    • They are very well known Korean noodles, so your local Asian grocery might carry them. Also I’m very curious to find out what you are making with your sweet potato noodles. :)

  13. Hmmm…intriguiging. I haven’t had jjapaghetti in a while. Next time I’m at the store I’ll have to buy a few packages and try this concoction!

    It’s so amazing how fast trends come and go in Korea!

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