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#2614: Samyang Foods Chacharoni

#2614: Samyang Foods Chacharoni - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

Chacharoni is a play on words. Jjajang kind of sounds like ‘cha cha’ and the roni calls to noodles. There are other plays on words in the South Korean industry when it comes to jjajangmyeon. So basically what you have here is a thick noodle with a black bean sauce – also known as jjajang. Here’s a little about jjajangmyeon from Wikipedia –

Jajangmyeon uses thick, hand-made or machine-pulled noodles made from wheat flour, salt, baking soda, and water.[7] The sauce, jajang, is made with fried chunjang with other ingredients, such as soy sauce (and/or oyster sauce), meat (usually pork, but sometimes beef), seafood (usually squid and/or shrimp), fragrants (scallionsginger, and garlicvegetables (usually onionszucchini or Korean zucchinicabbage, and), stock, and starch slurry.[7]

When served, jajangmyeon may be topped with julienned cucumber, egg garnishboiled or fried egg, blanched shrimp, and/or stir-fried bamboo shoot slices.[7] The dish is usually served with danmuji (yellow pickled radish), sliced raw onions, and chunjang sauce for dipping the onions.[7]

Alright – let’s dig into Chacharoni!

Samyang Foods Chacharoni – South Korea

#2614: Samyang Foods Chacharoni - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and let steep for 4 minutes. Drain. Finally, add in liquid base sachet and stir well – enjoy!

#2614: Samyang Foods Chacharoni - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2614: Samyang Foods Chacharoni - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

The noodle block.

#2614: Samyang Foods Chacharoni - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

A little bit of the included solid ingredients.

#2614: Samyang Foods Chacharoni - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

The jjajang sauce.

#2614: Samyang Foods Chacharoni - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

Thick and dark.

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles hydrated nicely in the 4 minutes directed. They have a good ramyun gauge and chew. The sauce coats everything well and has a good black bean flavor. Included vegetable and bits of TVP did well too. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8801073210783.

#2614: Samyang Foods Chacharoni - South Korea - The Ramen Rater

Instant Noodle Ramen Korean Hot Spicy Seafood Flavor Samyang GanChamPong 4.93 oz (5 Packs) Stir Fried

Such a great classic commercial!

#1160: Samyang Foods Chacharoni

Gotta love the name. This is a South Korean combination of Jjajang (a black bean dish) and noodles. They usually end up nice and hearty with just a sauce and no broth. Let’s check it out!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The sauce packet.

Has a rich black bean scent.

The solid ingredient packet.

Some bits of veg and textured vegetable protein.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sauteed Walla Walla sweet onion, peas, corn and beef. The noodles are very wide and chewy.- very hearty. The chajang sauce coats everything nicely and is almost meaty although it’s not full of meat. With summer pretty much over, this is a good one for the colder months. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 8801073101524.

A Chacharoni advertisement from the 80’s.

Meet The Manufacturer: #1025: Samyang Foods Hot Chacharoni

Okay so what’s Hot Chacharoni? Well, its a form of jjajangmyeon. What’s jjajangmyeon? Wheat noodles with a black bean sauce! Pretty much every South Korean instant noodle company has their own take on the popular dish, but this is the only one that I’m aware of that is spicy! Let’s check it out.

Here’s the back of the packaging.

The noodle block.

The liquid packet.

This is the black bean sauce. Has a rich and hearty kind of scent.

The solid ingredient packet.

Bits of vegetable and possibly textured vegetable protein.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sauteed rib eye beef with Worcestershire and minced garlic, carrots, green bell pepper, sweet onion and broccoli. The noodles are great – good chew. The black bean sauce is definitely spicy. I like how there’s a decent amount of the sauce too. The added veg and bits from the packet are nice as well. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 8801073110304.

An old Chacharoni TV advertisement.