Last time I was in New Jersey, my sister went to the Korean grocery store and bought me a box of this. I had never seen it before, but she told me I would love it. Problem was, the box was completely in Korean. And I had no idea what the finished product was supposed to taste like.
I turned the box over and tried to figure out what I was supposed to do. I could understand about a word or two here and there. After each step, there was an asterisk. These, I surmised, were special tips from the manufacturer on how to best make this dish. For these special tips, I especially could not understand what the hell the box was telling me to do.
I opened the box and found two sets of identical packets. Apparently, and unlike ramen noodles which are single serving, this had 2x2servings. The small packet was the soup broth packet. The large packet was for the dumplings.
I opened the large packet and added 130ml water, which is what I think the instructions wanted me to do.
It really didn’t seem like enough water. But, after I pressed it all together, it was starting to look like an actual dough. Once the dough came together, I surmised that the instructions wanted me to let the dough rise for about ten minutes while tightly covered in plastic wrap. However, after waiting ten minutes, the dough was the same exact size.
At that point, I started boiling about a liter of water and added the soup packet. Then, I had to figure out what to do with the ball of dough. Looking back towards the picture on the box, it looked like I need to make little chunks. So, I started tearing off little pieces of the dough ball in sizes about the size and shape of a guitar pick.
Once I got all the pieces of dough in the broth, I let the whole thing simmer for about 5 minutes, per the instructions. Then, I dished it out into my oriental bowl that I bought precisely for the purpose of eating instant korean noodle dishes and had some kimchee with it.