Today, I will make a popular Korean noodle dish, JjolMyeon (쫄면). The letter “Jjol (쫄)” came from the first letter of the Korean word “쫄깃 쫄깃한,” which means very chewy and elastic. The letter “myeon (면)” means noodle in Korean. If you are familiar with names of Korean foods, you will remember “myeon” from jja-jang-myeon, ra-men, or nang-myeon. So, jjol-myeon is very chewy noodle with a sweet, sour, and spicy sauce along with some fresh vegetables. You can skip the egg if you don’t like hard-boiled eggs. Enjoy!
Yield: 2 Servings
Short Korean Lesson
- Jib (집) = House
- HahkGyo (학교) = School
- 2 Packs Jjol Myeon Noodles
- 2 Handfuls Bean Sprouts (KongNaMul)
- ⅓ Seedless Cucumber
- ½ Carrot
- ¼ Cabbage
- 1 Hard Boiled Egg
- 2 Tbsp Red Pepper Paste
- 2 Tbsp Brown Rice Vinegar or Apple Vinegar
- 2 Tbsp Sugar
- 1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
- 1 Tbsp Red Pepper Powder (Optional)
- 1 tsp Minced Garlic
- 1 tsp Sesame Seeds
- 1 tsp Sesame Oil
Make 1 hard-boiled egg.
Remove any bad parts from the bean sprouts and wash them. Cover 2 handfuls of bean sprouts with water in a pan, and boil them for 10 minutes. Cover the pan with a lid. Don’t lift the lid until the bean sprouts are finished cooking otherwise, the bean sprouts will have a raw bean smell and taste.
Rinse them in cold water and drain the water.
Julienne the cucumber and carrot into same length pieces. Slice the cabbage thinly. Cut the hard boiled egg half.
In the boiling water, add the jjol myeon noodles and cook for 3 to 5 minutes.
Wash the noodles in cold water twice and drain the water.
In a small bowl, mix 2 Tbsp red pepper paste, 2 Tbsp vinegar, 2 Tbsp sugar, 1 Tbsp soy sauce, 1 Tbsp red pepper powder, 1 tsp minced garlic, 1 tsp sesame seeds, and 1 tsp sesame oil. If you don’t want yours spicy, then skip the red pepper powder.
Place the noodles on a plate, and put cucumber, carrot, cabbage, and the bean sprouts on top. Pour 2 to 3 spoons of sauce on top of the vegetables. Add the egg on top of the sauce. Mix all ingredients together before eating. It looks spicy and delicious~~~ Enjoy!