Hello everybody! Jjapaguri time!

I didn’t know anything about these super-popular Korean noodles before I watched the movie Parasite recently. In the movie the woman was ordered to make these noodles in 7 minutes. She said: “What is jjapaguri?” and actually that’s exactly what I said!

I searched the internet and asked my children, everyone knew about these noodles except me. They are simple to make, the only ingredients are 2 packages of instant noodles! As you know, I’m not a big fan of instant noodles, only in emergency situations will I have spicy Shin ramyeon, but after watching the movie I was interested in trying them. Plus, some of my readers and viewers asked me: “Maangchi, can you make jjapaguri from the movie?”

Usual jjapaguri is easy to make, but in the movie they make an upgraded version with top-quality Korean hanwoo beef. This is impossible to buy in America, the closest equivalent is top quality ribeye. I made mine even more rich and delicious by adding butter.

I hope you guys who were interested in learning the recipe enjoy this video. It should serve 2 people, but if you are super-hungry it serves 1!


  • 1 package of Jjapagetti (짜파게티) instant noodles (labelled “Chapagetti” on the package in English)
  • 1 package of Neoguri (너구리) instant noodles

Beef steak, optional

  • 8 ounces rib eye steak or sirloin, cut into ½ inch cubes
  • a pinch of kosher salt
  • a pinch of ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter


  1. If you use beef steak, combine the beef, kosher salt, pepper, and the vegetable oil in a small pan and mix it well with a wooden spoon.
  2. Cook over high heat for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring with a wooden spoon until the beef turns light brown. Add the butter, stir and mix well and cook another minute. Remove from the heat.
  3. Open both packages and take out the noodles and all the packets from both.
      • Jjapagetti (labelled “Chapagetti” on the package in English) has noodles with 3 packets: one for black bean paste seasoning powder, one for seasoning oil, and one for vegetable flakes.
      • Neoguri (너구리) has thicker noodles with 2 packets: one for spicy seasoning powder and one for vegetable flakes.
  4. Bring 3 cups of water to a boil in a medium-sized pot. Add both kinds of noodles and both packets of vegetable flakes.
  5. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring and turning with tongs or long chopsticks to separate the noodles and cook them evenly.
  6. Strain the noodles over a medium-sized bowl, and then put the noodles and the cooked flakes back into the pot.
  7. Measure 1 cup of the strained hot noodle water and put it back into the pot. Add black bean paste seasoning powder, and ½ of the spicy seasoning powder from the Neoguri package, and the beef (if used). Stir and mix for 1 to 2 minutes until everything is well incorporated.
  8. Remove from the heat, add the seasoning oil and stir it in.
  9. Transfer the noodles to a large plate and serve right away. You can serve with sliced yellow pickled radish (danmuji) or kimchi.

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  1. JacksMom FL joined 2/22 & has 1 comment

    I found the noodles on Amazon and they finally arrived so I’ll be making this soon. I’m really looking forward to my first recipe from your website! If I want to add vegetables, how should I do it? Should I fry them with the meat or cook them with the noodles, or does it depend on the vegetable? I’m thinking fresh onions, mushrooms, spinach, frozen broccoli, etc. Thanks!

  2. Jamie Ong South Australia joined 4/20 & has 2 comments

    This is super delicious! Thank you for the super easy to follow steps, Maangchi! You’re the best!

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  3. biancamona Pensacola, FL joined 1/18 & has 3 comments

    haha! When I was watching Parasite and was wondering what Jjapaguri was too! Also, I’m so happy for their win! Historic moment!

  4. Love your food.

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  5. hoclambanhcet& has 1 comment

    So delicious

  6. sanne Munich joined 8/14 & has 308 comments

    And the Oscar goes to – Maangchi! ;-D

  7. EvilGrin joined 6/15 & has 46 comments

    Both Paldo and Nongshim have good quality instant noodles. Prima Taste brand are even better but very hard to find and far more expensive.

    Another Korean brand that works well but it very spicy is Samyang. Their instant noodles are some of the spiciest ive ever tried and the quality is pretty good too.

    Try this one for the Chapghetti. Its not spicy

    Add one of the Chomppong flavors or one of the Buldak ramen flavors if you really like spicy. The 2x spicy Buldak is like fire for ramen,

  8. berniela Los Angeles joined 2/20 & has 1 comment

    This was yummy, and your suggestion to eat them with pickled yellow daikon is spot-on! Adds a refreshing flavor and satisfying crunch! I think this dish would also be nice with Sauteed Fried Tofu chunks, or eggplant cubes cooked in a little soy sauce w/garlic or black bean paste (instead of sirloin, if vegetarian or mindful of cost). Thank you for this recipe.

  9. Laynie21 New York joined 2/20 & has 1 comment

    Maanchi you are the best. I’ve followed you for years! I made this last night it was so good but I used thinly sliced porked belly. Next time I’ll try with beef.

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