Cycle 3 – Item 266
27 (Thu) September 2012
-Oksu, Seongdong, Seoul, Republic of Korea-
with W and DJ
Chapaghetti is a Korean instant noodle product. It’s supposed to taste like jjajang myeon. It doesn’t. It just tastes uniquely like Chapaghetti. The name is a portmanteau of “jja(jang)” (“cha” derived from an older standard of transliteration) + “(s)paghetti.” Having been around for decades, the product is still very popular. For some reason, backpackers like to make Chapaghetti for lunch on the mountain.
I’ve never been much of a fan myself, although I did enjoy a bite of it here and there from time to time. W likes to have it as a snack on occasion, so we usually have a couple in stock.
With so much work to do this evening in preparation of my trip to Cambodia tomorrow (like updating this damn blog), I didn’t get home in time to order and eat jjajang myeon for dinner, as I usually try to do before stepping on an airplane.
Chapaghetti will have to suffice.
Tonight may have been the first time that I’ve had it in years. Unfortunately, it was worse than I remembered. Bland yet salty. Chemical aftertaste. Alas, yet another food in which I can no longer find pleasure. In this case, though, I suppose that’s a good thing – I shouldn’t be eating crap like this.
(See also GLOBAL FOOD GLOSSARY)
(See also RESTAURANTS IN KOREA)