Jajangmyeon - Korean Noodles with Black Bean Sauce


Jajangmyeon is a popular Korean-Chinese noodle dish that features a thick, savory black bean sauce served over noodles. It's a comforting and flavorful dish. Here's a traditional Jajangmyeon recipe along with the ingredients and cooking instructions:


- 200 grams of pork shoulder or beef, diced (optional)

- 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

- 1 onion, diced

- 2 cloves of garlic, minced

- 1 zucchini, diced

- 1 potato, diced

- 1 carrot, diced

- 4 tablespoons of black bean paste (chunjang)

- 1 tablespoon of oyster sauce

- 1 tablespoon of soy sauce

- 1 tablespoon of sugar

- 1 cup of chicken or vegetable broth

- 2 tablespoons of cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons of water (for thickening the sauce)

- 4 servings of fresh or dried noodles (typically wheat-based or Korean-style noodles)

- Cucumber strips or julienned cucumber (for garnish)


1. Cook the meat (optional): If using pork or beef, heat a pan over medium heat and add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil. Cook the diced meat until browned. Set aside.

2. Heat a large pan or wok over medium-high heat and add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil.

3. Add the diced onion and minced garlic to the pan and sauté until the onion becomes translucent.

4. Add the diced zucchini, potato, and carrot to the pan. Stir-fry for a few minutes until the vegetables start to soften.

5. Make the sauce: In a small bowl, mix together the black bean paste, oyster sauce, soy sauce, and sugar. Stir until well combined.

6. Add the sauce to the pan: Push the vegetables to one side of the pan and add the sauce mixture to the cleared space. Stir-fry the sauce for about a minute to cook off the raw flavor.

7. Mix everything together: Stir the vegetables and sauce together until the vegetables are coated evenly with the sauce.

8. Add the broth: Pour the chicken or vegetable broth into the pan and bring the mixture to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low and let it cook for about 10-15 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.

9. Thicken the sauce: Stir the cornstarch-water mixture to ensure it's well combined, then pour it into the pan. Stir the mixture gently to thicken the sauce. Cook for an additional minute or until the sauce reaches your desired consistency.

10. Cook the noodles: While the sauce is simmering, cook the noodles according to the package instructions. Fresh noodles typically require a shorter cooking time than dried noodles.

11. Serve Jajangmyeon: Drain the cooked noodles and divide them into serving bowls. Ladle the black bean sauce over the noodles. Garnish with cucumber strips or julienned cucumber for freshness and crunch.

12. Mix the sauce and noodles together before eating to ensure the flavors are well distributed.

Now you have a delicious Jajangmyeon ready to enjoy! This dish is typically eaten with a side of danmuji (pickled radish) or kimchi. Enjoy the rich flavors of this Korean-Chinese classic!