Black Bean JaBan

콩자반, KongJaBan

Kongjaban is a common Korean side dish made from black beans. It is very popular for lunch boxes because it is easy to make and it lasts a long time in the refrigerator. The bean flavor mixed with soy sauce and sugar gives it good flavor.

Yield: 1 Pint

Short Korean Lesson

  • GeomJung (검정) = Black
  • Kong (콩) = Bean

Video Instructions

Main Ingredients

  • 1½ Cups Dried Black Beans
  • 3 Cups Water
  • ½ Cup Soy Sauce
  • 4 Tbsp Corn Syrup
  • 4 Tbsp Sugar
  • ½ Tbsp Sesame Seeds



Wash 1½ cups of dried black beans several times and soak them in water for 30 minutes.


In a pan add the black beans and 3 cups of water.


Boil them on high for about 20 to 25 minutes: until the water is reduced in half.


Add ½ cup of soy sauce.


Then add 4 Tbsp of corn syrup and 4 Tbsp of sugar depending on your tastes. You can skip the corn syrup and use sugar or honey instead.


Reduce the temperature to medium-high, and cook them for 20 to 25 minutes: until the liquid is almost gone. Watch carefully not to burn them.


Sprinkle ½ Tbsp of sesame seeds on them, and cook them for 5 more minutes on low. Turn off the heat.


My husband likes this side dish. :) I hope you will like it too. Thanks!


  1. Valeria says

    Hi Aeri-ssi,
    Are the beans you use regular dried black beans (the ones commonly used in Mexican cuisine) or black soybeans?
    Also, is it possible to just put all the ingredients in a pressure cooker so that it cooks in less time?

    • says

      hi Valeria,
      Yes, it’s regular dried black beans.. :) I didn’t try it with a pressure cooker before.. so I can not tell the result.. sorry. ^^:; I can just imagine that the sugar in the sauce can make it burn easily in high temperature… and you need to stir it sometimes.. so maybe it will not work well with a pressure cooker…but it’s just my guessing.. anyway.. Thanks for your comment.

  2. Dawn says

    Hi Aeris,

    I always use Black Beans for this dish, but I only have red beans today, can I use that too? How long should I soak it?


    • says

      hi Dawn,
      I didn’t try red bean for this before..but I think why not.. hehe Try it. :) Soaking time can be various.. just use the same time with this recipe and check the bean while you are cooking. Thanks.

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