February 19, 2014

#1316: Ottogi Japchae Vermicelli Noodle

Ottogi sent me a box of noodle samples a while back in hopes of doing a Meet The Manufacturer series. Unfortunately, timing and language barriers made that hard to come to fruition, so I figured I ought to review some of the varieties they’ve sent over time. This one’s Japchae – a traditional South Korean dish of clear noodles, vegetables and meats. Good stuff, at least what I’ve tried in a restaurant! Let’s have a look to see what this is like.

The distributor’s sticker (click image to enlarge). Contains pork extract.

The back of the package (click image to enlarge). To prepare, add noodles and vegetable sachet to 450ml boiling water for 5 minutes. Drain. Stir in liquid sachet contents and enjoy.

The vermicelli sachet.

Liquid base sachet.

Has a meaty scent to it.

An oil sachet.

Smells like sesame oil.

The vegetable sachet.

The  distributor sticker mentions carrot, cabbage, mushroom, vegetable protein and tree ear.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sweet onion, green onion, garlic, carrot, thin sukiyaki beef and sesame seeds. The noodles are very chewy, a little more so than I like even after 5 minutes of boiling. They have a sort of rubbery texture as well. The flavor is nice; a sweet and beefy kind of thing going on which I enjoyed. The 225 calorie price tag is very agreeable, but alone it seemed to really be missing something. After my additions I’m sure the calories went up by around 200. Still, not too shabby! 2.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8801045480060.

An Ottogi Japchae TV advertisement.

Products cooked according to package instructions. Product reviews done prior to adding any additional ingredients.

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