These noodles are the most ordered take-out noodles in Korea. From K-dramas to late-night dining, the dish has become a mainstay in everyday life in Korea
- Black Bean Paste - 1/2 cup Chunjang
- Sugar - 2 Tablespoons
- Vegetable oil - 2 cups
- Water - 2 cups
- Starch water - 6-8 Tablespoons
- Onion - 1
- Cabbage - 1/4 a whole
- Spring onion - 2 stalks
- Pork - 200 grams
- Cucumber - 1/4 a whole
- Jajangmyeon noodles - 4 person serving
Prep fresh ingredients
Cut onion and cabbage into rough cubes. Cut pork into bite-sized pieces.
Cut cucumbers into thin, long strips for garnish.
Fry black bean paste
Put black bean paste into frying pan. Pour 2 cups of vegetable oil in. Turn on medium low heat. Make sure to move paste around while the oil come up to a boil.
Once the oil starts to sizzle with bubbles, fry for another 30 seconds.
Then take-out the fried paste and place in a bowl. Pour out any excess oil from the bowl and set aside.
Put a few tablespoons of vegetable oil in a large frying pan. Then put in the sliced spring onion pieces. Place the frying pan on a medium heat.
Once spring onion starts to sizzle, place in pork pieces. When most of the red is cooked away from the pork, add the onion and cabbage in.
Then add the fried black bean paste, along with the sugar. Stir-in the black paste and coat all of the vegetables.
Then add two cups of water into the mixture.
While the pot starts to re-boil, take out a small bowl and make starch water: Mix in 2 tablespoons of (potato) starch powder with 6 tablespoons of water.
Once the pot is boiling, put in this starch water into the sauce. Don't add all of it at once. Add a little and see how much more you need to thicken-up into the consistency of a curry sauce.
Let it gently simmer for 5-8 minutes on medium heat. Then turn off the heat. Pour over noodles and garnish with cucumber.
- Save the leftover sauce - and eat it over rice in the morning!
- You can find fresh noodles for Jajangmyeon at Korean marts. If that is not available – feel free to improvise and work with egg or wheat noodles. I have even used spaghetti noodles in the past!
- Watch video below for more details