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Ottogi Japchae


I’m a big fan of Korean japchae and can you imagine how I reacted when I saw these instant japchae in South Korea? Instant japchae? How cool is that? I shrieked in delight of course but only to the extend of my sister’s ears. Hahaha I made sure I bought some to try at home.

Ottogi Instant Japchae Flavors
Left: Ottogi japchae in original flavour. Right: Ottogi japchae in spicy flavour.

My personal favorite is the spicy one. I bought ’em at Lotte Mart, South Korea at 1,080 won each.

Ottogi Instant Japchae Noodles & Sachets
What’s in the package? From left clockwise, vegetable sachet, liquid sachet, sesame oil and dangmyeon (Korean glass noodles).

Ottogi Instant Japchae Instructions
The cooking instruction is fairly simple. Cook noodles and vegetable sachet in 450ml boiling water for 5 minutes. Drain well and then add liquid sachet and sesame oil to the noodle, mix well and enjoy.

Ottogi Instant Japchae
It’s looking pretty awesome.


Ottogi Instant Japchae
Initially, I tasted a weird rancid taste in my mouth. But as I put more and more of the noodles in my mouth, it turns out quite addictive. The noodles are chewy and nice to bite into. Of course, this would never ever replace the hard-toiling japchae which me and all the ahjummas made from zero. Homemade japchae is still the best. But then it doesn’t mean I can’t try something as unique as this instant japchae when I have the chance. 😉

I wish Malaysia’s Korean shops have these. It doesn’t hurt to store a package or two at home when my japchae sick bug bites!



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4 Comments

  • Reply Zee August 1, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    They have this in Malaysia now. I found them at the Korean fair

    • Reply Che-Cheh August 2, 2015 at 8:36 am

      Hi Zee, yup we have it here now. Saw it at Isetan Korean fair last year.

  • Reply Jill June 3, 2018 at 9:18 am

    Thank you for this – I bought this but the package was all in Korean, which led me to a search and your site was the first hit on it. This helped me tremendously – Thanks!!

    • Reply Che-Cheh June 3, 2018 at 10:32 am

      Hi Jill, you’re most welcome! 🙂

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