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Jajangmyeon - Noodles in Black Bean Sauce

Sunday, 11 January 2009

If you've watched Korean drama series, you'd be familiar with this noodle dish. Jajangmyeon is the Korean version of Chinese zhajiang mian (炸醬麵) which literally means fried sauce noodles in Chinese. This dish is basically wheat noodles topped with a really thick sauce made with black bean paste, diced vegetables and meat or seafood. I've had Chinese zhajiang mian in Chinese restaurants and the sauce is much lighter in colour. I am not sure how authentic my recipe is as I have never been to Korea or have this dish in a Korean restaurant. All I know is that it's really tasty and I crave for it all the time!


jajangmyeon


Ingredients: serves 2

  • 1 large Onion – diced
  • 1 Carrot – diced
  • 150 g Minced meat
  • ~2 tbs Black bean paste
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • Corn Starch Slurry
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Noodles (yellow noodles, spaghetti, linguine...)
  • Spring onions

Directions:

  • Heat up ~ 1 tbs oil in a non-stick pan. Fry black bean paste at low heat until fragrant. Leave aside for later use.
  • Sweat onions with a bit of oil and salt until soft.
  • Add in meat and fry until browned and dry.
  • Mix in fried black bean paste.
  • Pour in carrots and water, simmer until carrots are soft.
  • Add more water if too dry.
  • Season with sugar, salt and pepper.
  • Thicken with slurry.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Pour onto noodles.
  • Garnish with spring onions.

Comments:

black bean paste
  • Fry more black bean paste and keep the leftovers in the fridge for later use.
  • Sometimes I'll add 1/2-1 cup of frozen mixed vegetables instead of carrots.

33 oink oinks...:

Tangled Noodle said...

I've never cooked w/black bean paste before - this recipe looks yummy and easy to make!

Culinarywannabe said...

My husband just glanced over and saw your picture and is now begging for me to try and make this. Looks delicious!

Wild Boar said...

Your recipe is yummy, but we should probably try to order this dish in a Korean restaurant next time so we'll know how authentic it is.

Oh one of the nice things about this dish is that its so easy to make as well. Great when we feel lazy to do anything too elaborate.

Family Cuisine Food And Recipe said...

The photo is well taken ha! Zhajiang mian has many different versions this Korean sounds interesting especially with the black bean paste ha

noble pig said...

This is beautiful a must try for me and the family. Beautiful photo.

Natasha - 5 Star Foodie said...

This looks amazing! I would love to try this recipe.

Joie de vivre said...

Excellent photo. What pretty chopsticks you have!

Girl Japan said...

You are fab on the camera.. what hardware do you use? I LOVE IT!

pigpigscorner said...

Tangle Noodle: I don't normally cook with black bean paste either but this dish is really simple and tasty!

Culinarywannabe:Thanks! Jeff (Wild Boar) likes this too! We usually have this dish on lazy afternoons.

Family Cuisine Food And Recipe: Thanks! Yes, I've had many different versions of zhajiang mian in M'sia but htis is something different.

Thanks noble pig! Something simple and different. Hope your family likes it!

Natasha: Thanks! Do give it a try! It's really simple and tasty.

Joie de vivre: Thanks! I got the pair of chopsticks at a Japanese grocer. I have a pair in black too.

Girl Japan: Thanks! I just got a Canon 450D recently and have to playing around with it. The recent pictures are taken with a Canon 50mm f1.8 lens. Still having some difficulties handling it, still learning.

Grace said...

i adore all things black bean-related, and this paste has intrigued me a great deal! and to fry it up? amazing.

Jennifer said...

This recipe looks amazing! Going to give it a try very soon.

Angie said...

I wonder the black bean paste you used, is the same as the Chinese type. Btw, very nice picture.

Reeni♥ said...

I love black beans but have never used the paste before. This looks really yummy! I want to try that paste!

pigpigscorner said...

Grace: I like using fermented black beans in stir fries, stews and even fried rice. Frying the sauce really enhances the flavour!

Jennifer: Thanks! Let me know how it goes!

Angie: Thanks! I haven't used the Chinese type actually. I normally use fermented black beans and this Korean paste.

Reeni: This paste is really tasty esp after frying!

Kevin said...

Looks good! I have been wanting to try Jajangmyeon for a while now. I am going to have to see if I can find some of that black bean paste.

Big Boys Oven said...

Pig Pig I want some, don't forget yeah!

pigpigscorner said...

Kevin: Thanks! Good luck with ur search!

BBO: aha one day ya =D

Maggie said...

I love black bean paste and it looks great on noodles. My dad always made black bean and tofu stir fry but I haven't had it in years.

raquel said...

what an awesome photo! i will have to try this recipe next time.

pigpigscorner said...

Maggie: Thanks. I've never tried black bean and tofu stir fry. Great idea!

raquel: Thanks!

Allie said...

Is it necessary to buy black bean paste, or can you just make black beans into a paste?

pigpigscorner said...

Hi Allie: I've always used store bought black bean paste and have never tried making my own black bean paste. The ingredients of the store bought one consists of wheat four, black bean powder and salt if that helps.

Tastes of Home said...

this looks good! and yes does look like those in the korean series hehe..thanks for the recipe!

pigpigscorner said...

I crave for this dish every time I watch Korean series =P

Hummingbird Appetite said...

I love jajangmyeon! I had it as a kid. (I'm Korean.)

pigpigscorner said...

I would love to try an authentic one one day. I've only had this home-made.

Anonymous said...

Asian black bean paste uses fermented soybeans - unless you're pretty enterprising, it's probably better to buy it than ferment it yourself... This is a pretty good recipe for someone who's never had it in a restaurant :)

3 hungry tummies said...

hey looks good! check out my version :)
http://3hungrytummies.blogspot.com/2009/10/jajangmyeon.html

Abiyu said...

Hi!! I was looking a recipe for make jajangmyeong and I found this web ^^... thanks for share it!!! but... I have a little problem... I can´t find the black bean paste on supermarkerts... ToT...

Could someone tell me where I can find it??... or... some recipe to make mi own black bean paste??... I Really want to try make this dish...

Thanks ^^

pigpigscorner said...

Hi Abiyu, I bought the paste from a Japanese grocer near Chinatown. You might be able to find it in Chinatown.

Abiyu said...

Hi pigpigscorner!! thanks!! I bought it already *0*/... I like so much ur recipes, thanks for share!! ^^

Jen said...

Sorry PigPig for the dumb question BUT when you say minced meat do you mean finely chopped meat (beef/pork) or the stuff you put in MM pies?

pigpigscorner said...

Hi Abiyu, Glad you liked it!

Hi Jen, it's actually ground beef/pork. It's a bit confusing I know, totally forgot about mm pies =P

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