You don’t always need to keep these in your pantry for immediate use because they are less versatile than the other ingredients in this guide. They are usually for more specialized dishes, but they are crucial to those dishes! So if you don’t have easy access to Korean ingredients and are stocking up, then get the ones that are used in the dishes you really like.
These noodles are a necessary ingredient for making good japchae. I often make japchae when I have a guest over or go to a potluck party, so I always keep these on hand.