Monday, October 03, 2005
When You're Sick And Tired Of Being Sick And Tired: Nong Shim's Chajung-Myun
I went up to the bay this weekend to visit the folks, and though it was a nice visit as always, I haven't had a chance to rest. A one hour wait at the airport and a one hour flight full of scary-ass Raiders fans later, I was finally back in LA last night feeling like crap. Doesn't seem like much, but it certainly does drain a person (those Raiders fans weren't helping either, trust me). Then it was off to bed to start yet another dreadful work week.
It's Monday evening now and I am determined to get some rest, so I'll keep this post short. It's days like this that cause me to keep a case of Nong Shim brand Chajung-Myun in the pantry. Just boil up the thick noodles and the dehydrated veggie pack (consists of dried carrots and some green stuff that I can't identify) 'til al dente, drain off all but a little of the water, and then mix in the instant coffee-looking black bean sauce mix. Oh yes, it is very much laden with MSG, but very tasty at the same time. It's an instant, yet very substantial meal that costs less than a dollar--add some kimchee and you're set. Um, just try not to eat it every day, OK?
Available at your local Korean--or other Asian--grocery store. (Or even Vons if you're near K-town...just beware of unnecessary price hikes!)