The Favorite Food of Most Koreans, What is Jjajangmyeon or Black Bean Noodles?

How Do You Make This Dish?

You must be starting to crave these noodles by now. Don’t worry, if you can’t find Jjajangmyeon in a restaurant near you, you can make it yourself! Making homemade Jjajangmyeon is pretty easy, and it’s also a lot cheaper than ordering it from a restaurant. Remember to make sure you have all the main ingredients that you’ll need, or else you can’t cook a Jjajangmyeon.

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Okay, let’s get started. The first thing you need to know is what ingredients you’ll need.

Based on Chef Julie Yoon‘s blog, this is the list of ingredients that you need to make a Jjajangmyeon. It makes two servings.

Ingredients

  • 12 – 14 ounces fresh Jjajangmyeon (or udon) noodles
  • 1 boneless pork loin chop (about 1 ½ inches thick), cut into ½ inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon Mirin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Vegetable oil for the pan
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 small carrot, peeled and diced
  • ½ of a zucchini, diced
  • 1 cup of chopped green cabbage
  • 5 tablespoons of Jjajang sauce (Korean black bean paste. Make sure it says “roasted.”)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Oyster sauce
  • 1 cup reduced sodium chicken broth
  • ½ tablespoon cornstarch dissolved in 2 tablespoons water
  • ½ a cucumber, cut into matchsticks for garnish
The ingredients aren’t that hard to find, even the less-common ones are usually easily obtainable in the import/foreign food section of most large grocery stores. If you can’t find them near you, you can always buy them online! If you don’t prefer eating pork, you can also change it to seafood or beef.
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Now that you’ve gathered all the ingredients, you must be wondering how to make this dish, step by step? This is what Chef Julie Yoon said on her blog!

Instructions

  1. Toss the pork with the mirin, as well as salt and pepper to taste. Marinate for a few minutes. Heat a large pan with a little oil. Brown the pork in the pan, then transfer to a plate. Add a little more oil to the pan if needed, along with all the vegetables. Cook until soft, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to a boil.
  2. Stir the black bean paste, oyster sauce, and sugar together in a small bowl. Add to the vegetables in the pan and coat well with the paste. Pour in the chicken broth and bring it to a boil. Cook for about 3-4 minutes. Add the dissolved starch to the pan and cook briefly until the sauce is thickened. Add back the pork. Taste the sauce and adjust seasonings to your liking, ie: add more sugar, a splash of water, etc.
  3. Add the noodles to the boiling water. Cook according to the package instructions, or whenever they float to the top (if using fresh noodles), and drain. Do not overcook. The noodles should have a bit of a bite to them. Place some noodles in each bowl. Spoon the sauce over the noodles and garnish with the cucumber matchsticks. Mix and eat!
If you follow the instructions step by step, you will get an authentic Jjajangmyeon, and you won’t have to just wonder about what the Jjajangmyeon tastes like when you see it in Korean reality shows or dramas! Good luck for making these delicious noodles, and don’t forget to share them to with someone you love!
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Pst, you can add pickle radish as the side dish to remove the greasiness of the food!

Jjajangmyeon in Other Forms

If you’re running out of some of the ingredients or you’re too busy to make Jjajangmyeon at home, why don’t you buy the instant Jjajangmyeon instead? Let’s find the details below!

Instant Jjajangmyeon

Yes, Jjajangmyeon can also be found in other forms, like instant Jjajangmyeon. The concept is just like other instant noodles, so you can make it in less than 10 minutes. Let’s see what instant jjajangmyeon are available!

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There are so many instant versions of Jjajangmyeon available from various brands. It’s great to know we can eat Jjajangmyeon even when we’re too busy to cook, or when we can’t find it in the nearest restaurants. You can find many of the instants jjajangmyeon brands in supermarkets that sell imported products, and search it in the Korean sections. If you still can’t find it, you can just order it online and it will be shipped to anywhere you’re at!

Now that we already talked about Jjajangmyeon, you must be craving one. Even if you’re not in Korea, you still can have it, since black bean noodles became popular dishes worldwide, thanks to the Korean wave. You can choose where you want to eat Jjajangmyeon, from a Korean restaurant, or make it by yourself. Happy eating!