Ramen in demand
“At first we didn’t know it (ramdon) would get popular. Ramdon became popular after Parasite won the Oscars. Nowadays, we have a lot of enquiries and demands from non-Korean customers at our stores. It was a known recipe for Koreans for a very long time, but for non-Koreans it is something that is very strange.”
A moment of pride
“I was shocked to know that the movie won so many Oscars. They made history and I was so proud. After the movie won the awards, my friends started asking me how the Korean people feel about it and some people have even said congratulations to me. It has been such an interesting experience.”
More than a dish
Choi prepared ‘Ramdon’ using alternative ramen brands for her dorm-mate and fellow BCIT student, Erin Hodson. She could not use the original ramen brands because they were sold out at H Mart.
Hodson claims that she really liked the flavours of the dish and would try it again. She could taste the sweet black bean sauce with an aftertaste that has a spicy kick to it.
Choi’s recipe for making ‘Ramdon’ or ‘Jjapaguri’ at home has been mentioned below.
“I really like it. It’s spicy but it’s really good.”