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Korean Black Bean Noodles

This delicious Korean noodle dish 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.
Course Lunch or Dinner
Cuisine Korean
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 2208kcal
Author Deb Clark


  • 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!


Calories: 2208kcal | Carbohydrates: 250g | Protein: 202g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 460mg | Sodium: 426mg | Potassium: 4067mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 49g | Vitamin A: 5160IU | Vitamin C: 27.1mg | Calcium: 178mg | Iron: 12.9mg