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Korean Black Bean Noodles | Jjajangmyeon Recipe Plus 3 Popular Instant Versions

Make restaurant quality black bean sauce noodles at home!

Trang Pham
a year ago

Jjajangmyeon

Jjajangmyeon, or noodles with black bean sauce, is one of the most well known dishes in Korea.

Although it is now a cheap meal, it used to be fairly expensive so it was eaten on special days to celebrate, such as graduation day.

Today we're going to show you how you can make this meal yourself and also a few instant versions for when you want something satisfying in a hurry.


How To Make Jjajangmyeon


A bowl of jjajangmyeon

Ingredients

400g Fresh Korean Noodles (can be found at Korean and Asian markets)
300g Pork (a cut with some fat on it like shoulder or belly)
1/2 Cabbage
1 medium onion
Green onions
2 cups cooking oil
1/2 cup sugar
100g Chunjang (춘장) Korean black bean paste
1 tsp soy sauce
20g potato starch (can substitute cornstarch or flour)
Water

Directions

Dicing meat and onionsSource: YouTube The born

Step 1: Dice the meat, onion, and cabbage. Wash and finely chop green onions.

Add the Chunjang paste to a pan with some of the cooking oil and stir until it becomes a thinner consistency, then turn off the heat and pour out the excess oil.

Pan of onions and meatSource: YouTube The born

Step 2: Add 1/2 a cup of oil and green onions to pan and sauce until the onions are browned.

Add sugar and stir until dissolved, then add the meat and stir-fry for about 1 minute. 

Add onion, cabbage, and soy sauce.

Cooking JjajangSource: YouTube The born

Step 3: When the meat and veggies are cooked evenly, add about 500ml of water and bring to a boil and let simmer for a bit.

Mix potato starch with a small amount of water and slowly add to pan while stirring the sauce.

A bowl of Korean noodlesSource: Youtube The born

Step 4: Bring a pot of water to a boil and add noodles. Boil for about 4 minutes, or until noodles are cooked through. Strain and rinse.

Cooking jjajangmyeonSource: Youtube The born

Add a serving of noodles to a bowl, top with sauce, and enjoy!


Instant Jjajangmyeon Popular In Korea

1. Ottogi Jinjjajang

Jinjjajang noodle bowl

Korean name: 오뚜기 진짜장

Price: 1,400 won

An instant black bean noodle bowl from one of the oldest instant noodle companies that has been in operation since the 70s.

Great taste, ready in only 3 minutes!

Jinjjajangmyeon

You can also get Jinjjajangmyeon in packets to cook on the stove. These cost 5,350 won for a 4 pack.

2. Nongshim Chapaghetti

Chapaghetti noodle cup

Korean name: 농심 짜파게티 

Price: 850 won

This cup noodle is popular with kids as it is a nice size for them and features cute cartoon characters.

The clean ingredients and delicious aroma make this a highly sought after instant noodle cup.

Nongshim Chapaghetti

Nongshim is another long-standing company here in Korea and their Chapaghetti is very well known, especially after being featured in Parasite.

A 5 pack costs only 4,850 won! 

If you're craving Jjajangmyeon and are too tired to cook, this ramyun will hit the spot.

3. Paldo Pororo Jjajang

Paldo Pororo Jjajang

Korean name: 팔도 뽀로로 짜장

Price: 1,050 won

This instant noodle cup features Pororo, a favorite cartoon character for many Korean children.

It's a perfect option for little ones as well as adults.

Paldo Jjajangmyeon 4 pack

Paldo is also one of the giants of the ramyun industry.

Their Jjajangmyeon 4 packs sell for 5,950 at the grocery store.


Today we taught you how to make your very own Jjajangmyeon from scratch and also introduced you to 3 popular instant varieties.

If you want to order Korean ramyun or other products that are hard to find outside of Korea, please refer to our proxy shopping and ordering service.

I hope this article has been useful and if you try out this recipe, be sure to take some photos and tag us on social media so we can see!


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