We absolutely love Korean jajang noodles. It’s even better when you can make jajang noodles easily in about 10 minutes! We taste-tested the Nongshim Chapagetti Jajang Noodles and are happy to share with you what we thought, along with how to make these yourself. Plus, we’ll give you a few additional add-in option ideas to upgrade these instant noodles!
Our review of these instant jajang noodles
We really loved the taste of these instant Chapagetti Jajang noodles. The noodles were chewy in texture and had good flavor from the jajang seasoning packets. Make sure to not overcook the noodles. You don’t want the noodles to become overcooked and mushy. If you haven’t had authentic jajangmyeon yet, this instant noodle would be a good introduction to see if you enjoy the flavor profile of jajang (black bean sauce).
In our humble opinion, the yellow pickled radish is a must if you’re having Chapagetti or jajangmyeon noodles. Some may not agree, but we love the tangy and cold pickled radish paired with the savory Chapagetti noodles. If you can’t find pickled radish specifically like the kind we are sharing in this post, then a side of kimchi also pairs well with these instant noodles.
Are jjajangmyeon and chapagetti noodles the same?
No, they aren’t the same, despite the fact that their flavors are practically the same. Jajangmyeon has a much deeper flavor than chapagetti. Chapagetti is a ramen-based quick version of jajangmyeon. Chapagetti is the first instant noodles product in South Korea that was an attempt to get close to jajangmyeon flavors.
What does jajang mean in Korean?
The word jajang (자장; also written jajang) comes from the Chinese word zhájiàng (炸酱), which means “fried sauce”. Traditional jajang sauce is prepared using chunjang (춘장), a Korean-style black bean paste made with fermented wheat flour, soybeans, and caramel sauce.
Where to buy these easy instant Korean noodles?
You can find these at most local Asian/Korean grocery stores. We have even spotted these jajang noodles at our local big-box grocery chain stores, such as WalMart. If you can’t find these in a local store, then you can also find them online.
Where to buy Korean pickled radish?
Korean pickled radish (like pictured below) can be found at your local Asian/Korean grocery stores. It will be in the refrigerated section.
Optional add-in ideas to try – upgrade these instant noodle hacks!
- Fresh vegetables on top – shredded lettuce, julienned cucumber, or julienned carrots.
- Pork – chop up small pieces of pork stew meat and stir fry until well done. Stir the cooked pork into the finished chapagetti.
- Add some small chopped boiled potatoes. You could boil the potatoes until almost tender then add the noodles into the water with the potatoes. Continue on with the package directions from there.
More noodle recipes to try
- Easy Gochujang Noodles
- Upgraded Instant Ramen Recipe Hack
- Easy Asian Stir-Fried Rice Noodles with Shrimp
- Easy Asian-style Stir-fried Rice Noodles
- 1 4.48oz package Chapagetti Jajang Noodles
- 1 serving Korean pickled radish
- ½ green onion, diagonally sliced
- Slice up a serving of the Korean pickled radish. We slice the radish in half lengthwise and then slice into thin half-moons.
- Cook Chapagetti Jajang Noodles according to the cooking directions on the back of the package.
- Top with the sliced green onions and enjoy!
Check the optional add in ideas above in the post to upgrade these noodles further!
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