New feature alert! If you must know, I almost always cook everything that I eat since I’m living in an apartment with my sister in the city during weekdays to be closer to work. It’s so expensive to eat out and ever since I started watching my weight, it’s just so much easier to count calories (or fake count exact calories since I stopped because it took so much of my time) when you cook your own food. My sister used to help cook but these days, it’s all me. Although I’m not too mad about it because I like to cook! Although I’m not entirely good at it. I’m kind of afraid of salt and I don’t have the patience to make the dish super tasty. “Season to your taste” is my nemesis. Hahaha!
Anyway, I’m getting off tangent. So the thing is, a lot of kdramas feature mouthwatering food and I almost always crave whatever they’re having. So the same week or the week after, I end up cooking what I saw to sate my cravings. And I thought, why not share it on my blog! So this feature would share whatever I cooked because of a kdrama and if possible, the recipe too. I’m still lazy as fuck in taking ~instagram-worthy~ photos of my food so please bear with me.
And the pilot food/recipe is the seafood ramyun in Buamdong Revenge Club as cooked by the character Hee-soo!
If you haven’t seen Buamdong Revenge Club, I urge you to. In fact, I just reviewed this incredible show yesterday so just trundle over there. In it, Lee Yeo-won’s character Jung-hye is a rich lady who’s never had ramyun before. Waking up hungover at her new friend’s house, her friend’s son prepares seafood ramyun for her and she LOVES it. Loves it so much that she requests it all the time. Watch the clip above and you will salivate. It looks so tasty!
So of course I tried and made it for myself too one Saturday lunch while watching Buamdong Revenge Club back in November and here’s the result!
Forgive the photo! And if you’ve watched the clip, you’ll actually see how Hee-soo cooked it. I just eyeballed the measurements but in my version, I wasn’t able to buy mussels and I used less squid and shrimp because budget. I love the addition of bean sprouts because it gave a crunch and a different texture to the ramen. And I love how it tastes too!
Recipe: Seafood Ramyun in Buamdong Revenge Club
1 pack ramyun
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tbsp gochugaru (Korean red chili pepper flakes, but you can use substitutes)
1 white onion, sliced
1 tbsp vegetable oil
500 mL water
bean sprouts (up to you how much you’d like to put but I think it’d be 20 to 50 g)
1 small scallion, chopped
(1) Heat pan and vegatable oil. Saute garlic and gochugaru together.
(2) Add the mussels, shrimp, and squid. These seafood cook quite quickly so don’t overcook! (Overcooked squid is too gummy.)
(3) Add in the sliced onions.
(4) Add water.
(5) When the water is boiling, add the ramyun powder and the noodles.
(6) Cook noodles to instructions (around 4 minutes).
(7) Remove from heat and top with the scallion.
(8) Cover the pot and serve immediately!
Tips from manohira on Dramabeans:
I use shrimp shin ramyun, it taste better for seafood ramyun than the usual spicy one. I add shallot too, it is spicy and taste sweeter than spring onion. I followed BRC recipe before but the squid became too chewy like rubber. So to make the seafood taste better and the garlic, shallot and spring onion less squishy/soggy, I sauteed them along with the seafood in different skillet for about 2-5 minutes and just added them into the soup once the noodle almost done. Boil it again for about a minute, tadaa, it’s done.
P.S. I’ll definitely try manohira’s suggestions!
Hope you love Hee-soo’s seafood ramyun as much as Jung-hye and I did!