Jjapaguri Noodles are a popular Korean dish that combines two kinds of noodles. Featured in the Oscar-winning movie Parasite, this delicious comfort food was referred to as a ram-don recipe. You'll love how easy and fast it is to make this yummy Korean noodle dish with just five ingredients!
Did you watch the Oscar-winning movie Parasite? I loved it! It was eery, heartwarming, shocking, thought-provoking and sad all at the same time. It so well done, highlighting the chasm between societal classes in Korea.
This ram-don recipe is inspired by one of the dishes from the Parasite movie.
There is a scene where the wealthy Mrs. Park asks her housekeeper, Mrs. Kim, to prepare "ram-don" noodles for her son. Well, Mrs. Kim has NO idea what "ram-don" is. So she tosses together some cubed steak with two different kinds of noodles and hopes it passes for whatever "ram-don" is.
It does, indeed, pass the test.
After watching the movie, I did some research and learned that the "ram-don" recipe in the movie is referring to a popular Korean comfort food dish known as Jjapaguri.
As a Filipino-American, I am alllll about learning different ways of making noodles from all Asian cultures. I grew up eating Pancit Bihon regularly, and love finding different ways of making homemade ramen.
So I was excited to learn how very EASY it is to make these Korean noodles! And, how DELICIOUS this two-noodle dish is in real life.
If you love ramen noodles, I think you'll love this recipe, too!
What is ram-don?
In real life, ram-don is what Koreans know to be Jjapaguri noodles.
When making the movie Parasite, they found it was difficult to create subtitle translations for the dish that American audiences would understand, so they made up a new name for it and called it ram-don. Ram-don is, essentially, a combination of ramen and udon noodles.
And that, my friends, is exactly what Jjapaguri is. You'll love this ram-don recipe for so many reasons!
- You just need 5 ingredients to make this noodle dish.
- The whole dish can be made in less than 30 minutes.
- It's easy to double or even triple the recipe to feed a larger family.
- You can customize the dish to your personal taste preference by putting more or less of the spicy seasoning in.
- Like other ramen and udon recipes, you can garnish this with so many delicious extra touches - or leave it as is in its pure comfort food perfection.
Table of contents
Kitchen tools and equipment
For this recipe, you just need a few basic kitchen tools:
Pot - You will need a large stockpot to boil the water and cook the noodles.
Skillet or Dutch oven - Use a large skillet to cook the beef. I like to use my cast iron skillet to get a beautiful sear on the beef.
Strainer - You'll need a strainer to drain out most of the water from the noodles.
Chopsticks - I use chopsticks to mix all of the seasonings into the noodles.
5 ingredient ram-don recipe
One of my favorite parts about this ram-don recipe is that you can make it with just 5 ingredients!
Neoguri noodles - These are the instant Japanese-style udon noodles with a spicy broth, and the most popular are Nongshim's Neoguri noodles.
Chapagetti noodles- look for Nongshim's Chapagetti instant ramen (jjajang) noodles. It's a combination of spaghetti and black soybean paste known as Chajang.
Beef - in the Parasite movie, Mrs. Park specifically asks for Hanu - the Korean term for premium (read: expensive) beef. If you were to stick with the script, you could use Wagyu beef, which is the most expensive type of beef in the world.
I'm using ribeye in the recipe, since it's more easily found in grocery stores around the US. While it's not super cheap, it's also not nearly as expensive as Wagyu beef.
Sesame oil - cooking the beef in sesame oil adds such a nice, nutty flavor to the whole dish.
Salt & pepper - season the steak with kosher salt and ground black pepper. Then once the dish is cooked, season to taste, as needed. You will likely find that you don't need much salt and pepper, if any at all, thanks to the seasoning.
How to make Jjapaguri noodles (aka ram-don recipe)
Be sure to read through these helpful instructions before you start. Then print out the printable recipe card with full ingredient measurements and instructions below.
Pat the steak dry, then cut into thin slices. Season with salt and pepper.
In a large skillet, heat the sesame oil over medium high heat, then sauté the steak until just cooked, about 2 to 4 minutes.
In a large stockpot, boil 4 cups of water. Add both packages of noodles and the dried vegetable packet; set aside the spice/seasoning packets for later. The noodles cook up quickly, usually in just about 3 to 4 minutes.
When the noodles are cooked, drain most of the water leaving about a half cup of water in the pot. Return the noodles to the pot.
Add the whole Chapagetti spice packet, and then as much or as little of the Neoguri spice packet as you want, depending on the spice level. Leave out the Neoguri spice packet contents completely if you want the noodles to be mild.
Use chopsticks to mix the seasonings in and coat the noodles.
Return the steak slices to the pot and mix into the noodles.
Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds, if desired.
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Ram-don recipe FAQs
It can be as spicy or as mild as you like! My family prefers mild dishes, so I usually only sprinkle in a teeny tiny amount of the Neoguri noodle spice packet. You can even leave it completely out if you want this dish to be mild and not at all spicy.
Prefer spicy dishes? Add the entire Neoguri seasoning packet.
You can add sesame seeds and sliced green onions, as I did in some of the photos in this post. You can also add typical ramen noodle add-ons, such as sliced hard-boiled egg, julienned carrots, edamame, or broccoli.
Store leftover noodles in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
What to serve with Jjapaguri noodles
These Korean noodles are a comfort food treasure all on their own.
That said, you could serve them with an appetizer like Air Fryer Crab Rangoon. Or, try some delicious fruits and vegetable side dishes to complete your meal:
Best wine pairings for Jjapaguri noodles
I like to enjoy a dry Riesling, Semillon, or Sauvignon Blanc with Korean noodles. These are excellent wine pairing options especially if you choose to make the noodles on the spicy side.
More noodle recipes
Craving noodles? Here are more noodle recipes to try:
- Pork and Peanut Dragon Noodles
- Thai Red Curry Noodles (Vegan)
- Filipino Pancit Bihon
- Shrimp Lo Mein
- Wide Glass Noodles with Chili Lime Sauce
- Easy Homemade Ramen Noodles
- Chicken Yakisoba Noodles
Ram-don recipe (Jjapaguri Noodles)
- Slice the steak into thin slices then season with salt and pepper.
- In a large skillet, heat the sesame oil over medium high heat, then sauté the steak until just cooked, about 2 to 4 minutes.
- In a large stockpot, boil 4 cups of water. Add both packages of noodles and the dried vegetable packet; set aside the spice/seasoning packets for later. The noodles cook up quickly, usually in just about 3 to 4 minutes.
- When the noodles are cooked, drain most of the water leaving about a half cup of water in the pot. Return the noodles to the pot.
- Add the whole Chapagetti spice packet, and then as much or as little of the Neoguri spice packet as you want, depending on the spice level. Leave out the Neoguri spice packet contents completely if you want the noodles to be mild. Use chopsticks to mix the seasonings in and coat the noodles.
- Return the steak slices to the pot and mix into the noodles. Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds, if desired.
Nutrition information is a general estimate. Actual nutrition details may vary depending on the exact foods & brands you use to make this recipe. It does not take into account any substitutions, toppings, or optional ingredients.