Jjapaguri (ram-don) with beef, as featured in Parasite
Jjapaguri (ram-don) with beef, as featured in Parasite

Jjapaguri or Chapaguri (Korean: 짜파구리), also known in English as ram-don, is a Korean noodle dish made by a combination of Chapagetti and Neoguri, two types of instant noodles produced by Nongshim.[1] Irene Jiang of Insider described it as "comfort food".[2] University of California East Asian studies professor Jennifer Jung-Kim described it as, as paraphrased by Sarah Coughlin, "a budget comfort food", and Coughlin herself described it as 'a uniquely Korean dish".[3]

History

Jjapaguri gained prominence on the internet and in pochas in South Korea when it was featured on an episode of Dad! Where Are We Going? in 2013.[4]

Darcy Paquet, the translator of the 2019 film Parasite, rendered the dish, featured in the film, as ram-don, meaning ramen-udon.[1] The English version of the film shows packages labelled in English "ramyeon" and "udon" to highlight to English speakers how the name was created. Paquet believed the word ram-don did not previously exist as he found no results on Google.[5] People began posting videos on how to make the dish on YouTube after the film was distributed.[1] The new popularity of the dish also led to Nongshim, the manufacturer of both products, to begin selling a singular Chapaguri instant noodle package.[4]

References

  1. ^ a b c Rochlin, Margy (19 October 2019). "How steak and 'ramdon' illustrate class tensions in Bong Joon Ho's 'Parasite'". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 15 January 2020. Retrieved 24 January 2020.
  2. ^ Jiang, Irene (2020-04-11). "I made 'ramdon' or jjapaguri the way it's made in Bong Joon Ho's 'Parasite', and the biggest mistake I made was not having lots of money". Insider. Insider Inc. Retrieved 2020-10-11.
  3. ^ Coughlin, Sarah (2020-02-10). "The Signature Noodle Dish in 'Parasite' Tells a Complicated Class Story". Food52.com. Retrieved 2020-10-11.
  4. ^ a b Li, Nicolaus. "Nongshim's Latest Release Makes It Easy to Enjoy "Ram-Don" From 'Parasite'". Hypebeast. Retrieved 10 May 2021.
  5. ^ Lee, Hana (19 June 2019). "'Parasite' subtitle translator: Comedies are a fun challenge". Korea.net. Archived from the original on 8 February 2020. Retrieved 8 February 2020.