First time I ate Chapaghetti

During my last visit to Amsterdam, I not only bought delicious snacks and green tea, I also visited the Wah Nam Hong store in Amsterdam for the first time. Compared to the Wah Nam Hong store in Rotterdam that I frequently visit, it is a lot smaller and cramped. I didn't find much that I wanted to buy, since most of the items I can also buy in Rotterdam (not to mention that I need to carry it all the way back from Amsterdam to Rotterdam). But I didn't want to leave the store empty handed, so I just bought two packs of the Nongshim Chapaghetti (€1.15 each) that I have always wanted to try.

Nongshim Chapaghetti Korean black spaghetti with roasted black bean sauce

Inside the pack of noodles, there are three separate packs of soup powder, dried vegetable flakes, and olive oil. It is not a noodle soup, but more like stir-fried noodles. First, you boil the noodles and the dried vegetable flakes. After it is fully cooked, you drain it, but leave a little bit of moisture, and put it in a large bowl. Lastly, you pour the soup powder and olive oil on top and mix it thoroughly with your chopsticks.

Nongshim chapaghetti jajang myeon

I always see people eat Chapaghetti and jajang myeon deliciously on Korean TV shows, so I really wanted to know what all the fuss was about. It looked very glossy and smelled delicious, but when I ate it, I was a bit disappointed as it had a flat burned flavor without any other layers of flavor such as vegetables or herbs. The noodles were chewy and delicious though. I am starting to understand why they created Chapaguri (mixing Chapaghetti with Neoguri ramyeon). The soup powder of the Neoguri noodles add a much needed bit of spiciness and some seafood flavor. 

At the cash register of the Wah Nam Hong store, I also saw that they were selling a pack of red envelops for only €0.30. Chinese New Year just passed back then, so that's probably why they were discounted. I gifted them to my mom, since I don't have to give out red envelops yet until I get married (god knows when that will be). She asked me if my ulterior motive was that I wanted her to give me more red envelops for Chinese New Year. I really just genuinely like the flowers on them.

Red envelops Chinese New Year good luck and weath

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