In this post, I’ll teach you how to cook instant Jjajangmyeon. But before that, let’s talk about some trivia about Korea’s famous Jjajangmyeon. Jajangmyeon is a Chinese-style Korean noodle dish topped with a thick sauce made of chunjang, diced pork, and vegetables. It’s originally from Chinatown in Incheon.
When do people eat Jjajangmyeon?
Koreans often eat Jjajangmyeon during Black Day. Black Day is an unofficial holiday observed on April 14 each year. It is mostly observed in South Korea by singles. Amazing right? Okay let me explain further. Every February 14, the girls buy a gift for the boys. After a month, during March 14, Koreans celebrate White Day. At this time, boys return the favor and give presents to the girls they like. What happens to those who didn’t receive anything? They celebrate Black Day on April 14! It’s time for Jjajangmyeon (Noodles covered with Black Bean Paste)!
How to Cook Instant Jjajangmyeon?
I recently went to Dongwon Korean Grocery (formerly known as Kossa Mart), located in Dasmarinas City, Cavite. I always go there to buy some meat for our samgyeopsal nights at home. This time I tried their Instant Jjajangmyeon.
Add the noodles into 600 ml of boiling water. Boil the noodles for 5 minutes. Don’t overcook it so it won’t be soggy.
Drain out the water and leave 2 or 3 tablespoons of water in the bowl.
Add Seasoning sauce on the noodles. To enjoy it more, you may reheat the sauce by putting it into a boiling water for a minute.
Mix it well! Make sure that the noodles are submerged in the sauce.
Add some side dishes to make it better!
Where to go in Korea? Jjajangmyeon Museum
Jjajangmyeon Museum shows the history and culture of jjajangmyeon (black soy bean noodles) that originated from Chinatown in Incheon. As one of the 100 National Culture Symbol, jjajangmyeon is one of Korean’s most beloved dishes.
- Address: 56-14, Chinatown-ro, Jung-gu, Incheon
- It’s open from 9AM – 6PM.
- Individual Entrance Fee – Adults 1,000 won / Teenagers 700 won / Children 500 won
- Group Entrance Fee – Adults 800 won / Teenagers 500 won / Children 400 won
- Official Website: http://www.icjgss.or.kr/jajangmyeon/
Although Jjajangmyeon is one of the most famous Korean dishes, I actually prefer Jjajang Bokkeumbap! The Filipino blood in me wants rice compared to noodles. It’s great with scrambled egg on top!
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