Here’s a new one from Samyang Foods – Pagaejang. It is similar to Yukgaejang. I looked up Yukgaejang and found this on Wikipedia –
Yukgaejang (육개장) or spicy beef soup is a spicy, soup-like Korean dish made from shredded beef with scallions and other ingredients, which are simmered together for a long time. It is a variety of gomguk, or thick soup, which was formerly served in Korean royal court cuisine. It is believe to be healthful and is popular due to its hot and spicy nature.
In addition to shredded beef, scallions, and water, the dish generally also includes bean sprouts, gosari (bracken fern), torandae (taro stems), sliced onion, dangmyeon (sweet potato noodles), chili powder, garlic, perilla seeds (also called wild sesame seeds), soy sauce, oil (sesame oil and/or vegetable oil), black pepper, and salt. Chili oil may also be used. Yukgaejang is generally served with a bowl of rice and kimchi.
The dish may alternatively be made with chicken rather than beef, in which case it is called dak yukgaejang or Dakgyejang.
I looked up Pagaejang and found it to be a spicy beef and spring onion soup, which sounds pretty similar. Let’s delve into this and see what’s inside!
Samyang Foods Pagaejang – South Korea
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether this contains meat. To prepare, add powder sachet to 500ml boiling water and then noodle block. Cook for 4 minutes 30 seconds. Turn off heat. Add in contents of large liquid sachet and vegetable sachet contents.Finally, stir and enjoy!
The noodle block.
The dry seasoning base.
A very interesting mixture here.
The liquid base sachet.
A thick liquid.
The vegetables sachet.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion and beef. The noodles came out really nice – great gauge and chew. This is the way I like ramyun; it almost has a thin gel on the noodles which I like a lot. The broth is just about as perfect and I can imagine. It has that nice beef flavor and a decent spiciness. It seems like I would go to a fancy restaurant and order it off the menu. Just amazing. The included vegetables hydrated to a T. This is a new favorite – hope it’s around forever. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars! EAN bar code 8801073116442.