if the movie parasite was a dish- it would be jjapaguri. which is why bong must've included it in his film. jjapaguri is black bean instant noodles with cubed beef. it emphasizes the dichotomy of the two ingredients, much like the dichotomy of the two families.
food sometimes plays a role in movies. their inclusion is intentional and is symbolic of the message the storyteller is trying to convey.
excerpt from parasite - written and directed by bong joon ho
YON-KYO (into the phone)
It’s Da-Song’s favorite. If you start cooking now, it’ll be ready by the time we get there. There’s some Prime flank steak in the fridge so you should put that in too.
ain batters the Mercedes. Da-Song is in the backseat with his eyes closed. He looks pissed. He’s taken Da-Hae’s realitycanceling headphones and is wearing them over his ears.
Yon-Kyo glances back from the passenger seat.
YON-KYO (CONT’D) (into the phone; quiet)
It was complete hell. The stream at the campsite flooded and we had to pack up our tents, but Da-Song just refused to leave. He was crying and yelling-- (sighs) We barely got him in the car, and now we’re on our way. I’m counting on the japaguri! It has to be ready!
below, my version of jjapaguri.
fortunate happenstance of food & music no. 27