Korean Black Bean Noodles or Jjajangmyeon is a delicious Korean noodle dish. It is a delight for Koreans and tourists alike. With inexpensive ingredients you can easily find in the supermarket, you’ll be able to whip this up in less than an hour!
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Korean Black Bean Noodles
You guys know I love Korean food! The blog is filled with delicious bites like Korean BBQ Beef Bowl, Korean Style Beef Broccoli Rice Bowl, Korean Barbecued Chicken Kabobs and even more! What can I say it’s a favorite!
Today I’m introducing you to a new flavor, but don’t even ask me how to pronounce it! Jjajangmyeon or Korean Black Bean Noodles. I’ve had them in restaurants – they are delicious! Now… you and I can make them at home, yay!
Today I have the privilege to introduce you to my colleague Claire. She is the brains behind the website SumoChef.com. A self-proclaimed food lover, she’s traveled and shares her experiences and recipes on her blog.
Today she is stopping by Bowl Me Over to share an AMAZING recipe for Korean Black Bean Noodles! I’m not gonna lie, I’m pretty excited about this recipe and can’t wait to try it myself!
From Claire: I’m a meat lover and if there’s one thing I love, it’s got to be Korean food! With its distinct flavors and deliciously grilled meat, you can never go wrong with their barbecues and spicy side dishes.
One of my favorite dishes would be the Jjajangmyeon, which is a Korean Style Noodle in Black Bean Sauce. It’s a very popular noodle dish from Korea. But interestingly, it originated in China!
These noodles have the black sauce, though don’t be fooled by its looks. This paste is mixed in with slightly sweet soybeans to balance out the flavor, which is called the chunjang.
Grocery list for Korean Black Bean Noodles
- black bean paste
- sesame oil
- brown sugar
- pork loin
- thick flat noodles udon, buckwheat or linguine
What does blackbean sauce taste like?
It’s a pungent flavor and a little goes a long way, unique to Chinese food – it’s salty and pungent, spicy with just a touch of sweetness – no wonder I love it, right?!!
How long does Jajangmyun last?
Be sure to refrigerate leftovers. Korean Black Bean Noodles will last 2-3 days in the refrigerator.
Is Jajangmyeon Korean or Chinese?
Although it’s called Korean Black Bean Noodles, it’s a dish that orgiinated in China.
What can you substitute for black bean sauce?
If you are unable to find black bean sauce, your best substitute would be hoisin sauce.
How to make Korean Black Bean Noodles
- Add the oil to a skillet hot skillet.
- Sauté the pork and potatoes for about three minutes or until lightly browned.
- Add the zucchini and onions, for another couple minutes.
- Next add the bean paste, sugar, sesame oil, and garlic, stir and sauté for about four minutes.
- Add the lukewarm water and carrots, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and let it simmer.
- Mix the cornstarch with cold water, add it to the sauce. Stir the mixture until it thickens.
- Leave the mix for 15 minutes. You can also remove the pan from heat once the vegetables are cooked and slightly tender.
- While the sauce and vegetables are cooking, prepare the noodles
- Once the sauce and noodles are ready, put the noodles in a large bowl, topped with the meat sauce. Garnish with sliced raw onions and a splash of white vinegar.
Here are some pro tips to follow so you can make the BEST Korean Black Bean Noodles!
- As much as possible, I urge you to create your handmade noodles instead of using the usual instant ones. You’ll feel and taste the difference. If you can’t find authentic thick noodles (or can’t make your own), you can use buckwheat or linguine. Here’s a YouTube link with a tutorial on making your own noodles.
- Avoid over boiling the ingredients, especially the carrots. You want it to be firm, but not too crunchy or raw. Same goes for the pork and potatoes when it should be tender but not too soft or tough to eat.
- When serving the noodles, pair it with side dishes such as kimchi or roasted nuts for an even more gastronomical experience.
- Just like freezing baked beans, you can create the dark bean pasted in advance and store it in the freezer for up to one month before using it. Make sure to label the paste and use it before it spoils. Storing it in advance will make it quicker to make.
Finally – What makes Jjajangmyeon or Korean Black Bean Noodles an excellent dish to make is the fact that it isn’t only delicious and filling, but inexpensive to make.
I hope you now know how to properly make Jjajangmyeon – Korean Style Noodle in Black Bean Sauce! Try it out today and let me know what you think!
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Korean Black Bean Noodles
- 2 cups black bean paste (it would usually say chunjang or jajang when bought)
- 2 tbsp minced garlic
- 2 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 6 cups lukewarm water
- 4 cups potatoes, peeled and diced (you can use sweet and white potatoes together for better flavors)
- 3 carrots, peeled and diced
- 1 zucchini, diced
- 2 onions, diced
- 2 cups pork loin, diced
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 3 lbs. thick flat noodles udon, buckwheat or linguine
- Add oil to a skillet and let it heat up. Sauté the pork and potatoes together, stirring it for about three minutes or until slightly browned.
- Add the zucchini and onions, sautéing all ingredients for another three minutes.
- Put the bean paste, sugar, sesame oil, and garlic, again continuing to stir until all ingredients are well combined. Continue to sauté everything for about four minutes.
- Add the lukewarm water and carrots, letting it boil. Once it begins to boil, reduce the heat and let it simmer.
- While it simmers, mix the cornstarch with cold water, then add it to the sauce. Stir the mixture until it thickens.
- Leave the mix for 15 minutes. You can also remove the pan from heat once the vegetables are cooked and slightly tender. Remember, not TOO soft.
- While the sauce and vegetables are cooking, prepare the noodles according to what the package instructs. You can also make handmade noodles beforehand for an even fresher taste.
- Once the sauce and noodles are ready, put the noodles in a large bowl, then add the chunjang sauce over it. Mix them all together.
- Serve the noodles with sliced raw onions and a splash of white vinegar for your happy diners to add to the dish if desired. Enjoy!
Claire is the founder of SumoChef, and her passion is cooking. Her unique approach to cooking is the result of her varied experience and travel abroad. She believes that food is what actually unites people and the dining table is where we set aside our differences. SumoChef is where she finds expression to her passion and she hopes be able to contribute to your cooking experience through this. You can also connect with Claire on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.