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.
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.
What’s in the package? From left clockwise, vegetable sachet, liquid sachet, sesame oil and dangmyeon (Korean glass noodles).
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.
It’s looking pretty awesome.
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!