How to make Jajangmyeon (Noodles in Black Bean Sauce)
Jajangmyeon is a popular chinese korean noodle mixed with Black Bean Sauce (salty black soybean paste), diced pork and assorted vegetables. For me it’s always a comfort food which is easy enough to make anytime but still delicate enough to invite family or friends over. Believe me, both children and adults love it. In this post I will show how easy it is to make this healthy dish.
black bean paste
1 medium zucchini
1 small daikon
fresh korean noodle
1/2 tsp sugar
1tsp sesame oil
1 cup water
In the ingredients listed above you can see that we’re gonna need variety of veggies for this dish. Some other recipes also use regular cabbage or napa cabbage or even other veggies. So just be creative and flexible – adjust to taste with your favorite veggies. Most of the case, this dish is made with pork, but it can totally be substituted with chicken or beef. If you are vegetarian, you can just skip the meat to focus on the heathy stuff :). So there is a lot of room for flexibility in making this noodle.
Step 1: Peel, wash and drain the veggies if the case, then dice kind of everything: the pork, the veggies. Leave out the cucumber to julienne for garnishing later on.
Step 2: Prepare a frying pan with some cooking oil, turn the heat to high, sear one side first and continue to fry until golden brown.
Step 3: Remove the pork and stir fry the veggies for about 10 minutes (no need to add in extra oil), then make some space in the middle of the pan and add in 2-3 tbsp black bean paste, stir around to fry the sauce for couple seconds. Then mix everything together. After that, add in a cup of water, then simmer for about 5-7 minutes until the veggies are tender.
Step 4: Mix 1.5 tbsp corn starch (or potato starch) with some water, stir well until dissolved. Then add in the pan a little at a time to reach for the consistency you desire. Add in the fried pork. The black bean paste is actually quite salty, so we don’t really need to add in extra salt, but I still enhance the taste with 1/2 tsp sugar and a tsp of sesame oil. Now we are done with the sauce.
Step 5: Cooking the fresh noodle. Put the noodle in boiling water, cook for about 5-7 minutes until the noodle is floating on the surface, then dump out, wash and drain the noodle well to make it chewy.
Now it’s time to serve. Add in a bowl handful of noodle, top up with the hot black bean sauce, and garnish with the cucumber strips on top. Now just keep mixing away and enjoy!