Korean Kitchenette: Jjajangmyeon

Jjajangmyeon is another popular Korean meal. Originally from China, this black bean and noodle dish can often be found at fast food type establishments around Korea. You may remember it from the Black Day post, but rest assured, it can be enjoyed on any day of the year and by the single and linked alike. As usual, I based the recipe off one from this site.



You’ll need:

  • one package kalguksu noodles
  •  1/2 pound pork (optional)
  •  1 cup Korean radish
  •  1 cup zucchini
  •  1 cup potato
  •  1 1/2 cup onion
  •  3 tablespoons oil
  •  1/4 cup black bean paste
  •  2 cups water
  •  2 tablespoons potato starch
  •  1/2 cup “matchstick” sliced cucumber




1.  Cook noodles according to package. Drain and set aside.


2. Cut pork into bite-sized pieces. Cook in 1 tablespoon of oil.



3. Cut vegetables into cubes while meat is cooking. Add vegetables to meat and cook until potato is tender.


4. Stir black bean paste and oil into pan until vegetables and meat are evenly coated.

bean paste


5. Add water and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in cornstarch to thicken sauce. (For looser sauce, add more water.)



6. Top noodles with black bean mixture and cucumber sticks. Enjoy!




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