JaJangMyeon (자장면) is the most popular Korean style Chinese food in Korea. This is made of mainly black bean paste, meat, and different kinds of vegetables. In Korea, you can easily order JaJangMyeon (Black bean paste noodles) from the Chinese restaurants. Then they will deliver the food to your house only for 3 or 4 dollars without any tipping. Typically, Korean style Chinese restaurants serve JaJangMyeon with Yellow Pickled Radish (DanMuJi), radish kimchi (KkakDuGi), and raw onion with black bean paste, which you will use to make this recipe. Dip the onion into the black bean paste when you eat JaJangMyeon. Garnish with cucumber or peas. Cucumber tastes especially good with this JaJangMyeon.
Yield: 4 Servings
Short Korean Lesson
- JaJangBap (자장밥) = Black bean paste with rice
- JaJangMyeon (자장면) = Black bean paste with noodles.
- 2 Cups Onion
- 2 Cups Potato
- 1 Cup Zucchini
- 1 Cup Cabbage
- Thick Noodles for JaJangMyun
- 1½ Tbsp Cooking Oil
- 1 Cup Beef or Pork
- 1 Tbsp Cooking Wine
- 1 Pinch Salt
- 1 Pinch Black Pepper
- ½ Cup Black Bean Paste
- 2 Tbsp Cooking Oil
- 2 tsp Sugar
- 2 Cups Water
- 2 Tbsp Cornstarch
Cut 1 cup worth of beef or pork into half-inch pieces. Add 1 Tbsp of cooking wine, 1 pinch of salt, and 1 pinch of black pepper to the meat. Mix it together, and then set it aside while you are preparing other ingredients.
Dice 2 cups worth of potato, onion, and a 1 cup worth of zucchini into half-inch pieces. Cut 1 cup worth of cabbage into ½-inch squares.
In another oiled (1½ Tbsp Cooking Oil) and heated pan, fry the potato for about 3 minutes on medium-high or until it is half cooked. Then, add the onion and the cabbage to the potato. Fry for another 3 minutes or until they are half cooked.
Lastly, add the zucchini and fry about 4 minutes or until all of the vegetables are cooked.
Fry the meat until it has completely cooked.
To make the sauce, start with 2 Tbsp of cooking oil in a heated pan. Then add ½ cup of of black bean paste to the oil. Fry it until it becomes soft. Add 2 tsp of sugar to the black bean paste. The sugar helps to remove the bitter taste from the black bean paste.
After all of the vegetables are cooked, add the meat and the fried black bean paste. Mix everything together.
Add 2 Tbsp of cornstarch in 2 cups of water. Mix it together thoroughly. Pour the cornstarch mixture into the pan.
Boil until the sauce becomes thicker.
Serve the black bean paste sauce over cooked rice or noodles.