진짜 사나이/Real Men: cup noodle → carbonara?!

Apart from being a little too obsessed with 아빠! 어디가?, another variety show I’ve really been enjoying (even while only understanding 75% of what they’re saying) is 진짜 사나이 or ‘Real Man’. The show basically takes the camera behind to scenes into what life is like for the thousands of South Korean men as they carry out their 21 months of mandatory service. The 7 men (Kim Sooro, Seo Kyungsuk, Ryu Sooyoung, Son Jinyoung, Sam Hammington, Jang Hyuk, Hyungsik) were shown to have received basic training in the first few episodes, and then sent off to the more intense departments.
One of the highlights, apart from watching the cast grow personally closer to the other soldiers in their barracks is seeing the different meals that they get fed, and the amount of that something as simple as a meal bring to them. (Sam Hammington in particular..) So here’s one of the dishes that they’ve introduced: Army Carbonana

Ingredients:

  1. 1x Shin Ramyun
  2. A small cup/amount of milk
    I used skim milk,but if you’re using full cream milk you can probably get away with using less
  3. 1 or 2 slices of (processed) cheese
    This recipe is supposed to be a ‘quick fix’ hence the use of processed cheese. As an alternative you could definitely used grated cheddar (or any kind of cheese tbh..)
  4. 1 slice of bacon
    The first time I made this I used 2 skinless mini frankfurt sausages (sliced) instead of bacon – I personally prefer the frankfurt sausages and will stick to them since they don’t all sink to the bottom when mixing the noodles at the end.
Ingredients, check!

So firstly you want to open and shake out all the contents of the Shin Ramyun – separate the mushrooms, and put aside the packet of soup flavouring. I personally don’t like spring onions (whether it’s in cup noodles, or in real dishes…) and find the dried carrots in cup noodles odd tasting hence why I opted to take them out.. if you’re not as fussy as me you can skip this step and just remove the soup packet.

Put the mushrooms back into your cup noodle and add hot water as usual. (Make sure NOT to put in the soup flavouring in yet.)

 Note here though that since you’ll be microwaving your whole cup noodle later, this step is optional.
But while you’re waiting for your noodles to cook, you can prepare/cook the bacon. Nothing fancy, just slice and dice the bacon, and pan fry them till you’re happy with them.
This step was purely because I thought that pan frying them would give the noodles more ‘ooph!’ or more of a bacon-y taste.

3 minutes later…

Check back on your noodles, and they should be done by now. Like I said before, we’re going to microwave the cup later so even if you like your noodles really soft, 3 minutes is enough.
Now you want to pour out all of the water.

And now pour in the milk!

You really only need a little – otherwise you’ll end up with a mess in your microwave. (Trust me, I speak from experience…)

You probably want to fill the cup up until the milk reaches the halfway point of the noodles (not the cup!)

Now, add your bacon and about 1/3 of the soup flavouring.
The soup flavouring is there to take away some of the greasiness – but at the same time makes the dish spicy so if you can’t do spicy don’t add too much!
And lay your two pieces of cheese on top (or sprinkle your grated cheese if you’ve opted for that.)

Microwave (Yes, the cup does say ‘Do not Microwave’ but we’re going to anyway) for 1m 30s and you’re done!

finished!
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