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Jajangmyeon - Korean Black Bean Noodles Recipe

This Authentic Korean noodle dish is rich and delicious. It's easy to make and takes just over 30 minutes to make!
Course Lunch or Dinner
Cuisine Korean
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 426kcal
Author Deb Clark

Ingredients

  • ½ cup Korean black-bean paste (it would usually say chunjang or jajang when bought)
  • 1 ½ teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 ½ teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 ½ teaspoon brown sugar
  • 2 cups lukewarm water
  • 1 ½ cups potatoes peeled and diced into small cubes
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 1 onions, diced
  • 1 cup pork loin, diced
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 2 tablespoon cold water
  • 1 pound thick flat noodles udon, buckwheat or linguine
  • white or rice wine vinegar 1 teaspoon sprinkled on each serving for garnish and cuts the richness of the dish.

Instructions

  • Add oil to a skillet over medium heat and let it heat up. Stir fry 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. Increase the heat and bring to a 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.
  • Continue to cook for about 15 minutes. Remove from heat when the vegetables and meat are tender.
  • While the sauce and vegetables are cooking, cook noodles in a large pot of water according to package directions.
  • Once the sauce and noodles are ready, put the noodles in a large bowl, then add the chunjang sauce over it. Sauce noodles, mixing everything together.
  • Serve the noodles with sliced raw onions, cilantro julienned cucumbers and a splash of white or rice wine vinegar.

Notes

Garnish the dish with julienned cucumber, green onion, sesame seeds and a sprinkle of rice wine vinegar. Just a touch, it totally makes the meal!
Look for the delicious Black Bean Sauce at an Asian market, it may be called chunjang or jajang. It's also available on Amazon. 
Use a combination of sweet and white potatoes together for even more flavor!
 

Nutrition

Calories: 426kcal | Carbohydrates: 76g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 46mg | Potassium: 498mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 3463IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 2mg