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I’m re-introducing jjajangmyeon recipe (noodles in black bean sauce) to you today with a new, updated video. I originally uploaded a video showing you how to make jjajangmyeon in 2007, not long after I started posting to YouTube. Yes, it was 5 years ago! Time flies too fast!

That video was so popular that I decided to make a new version that’s easier to follow, and also shows you how to make jjajangbap with rice instead of noodles.

Jjajangmyeon is everybody’s favorite food. It’s actually a very popular Korean Chinese dish, created by early Chinese immigrants in Korea, catering to Korean tastes. Tangsuyuk (sweet and sour pork) is another example. The almost caramel taste of the savory black bean sauce over the thick, chewy wheat flour noodles makes for a really unique taste and texture. When I was young, a plate of jjajangmyeon from a Chinese restaurant always made me excited. When you order it delivered they bring you the noodles in a special tin box in under 30 minutes! I usually ended up covered in jjajang sauce and my mom had to give me a Kleenex.

Koreans even have a nonofficial celebration for jjm on April 14th, when single people celebrate their shared loneliness on Black Day with a bowl of jjajangmyeon.

Enjoy the recipe!

Ingredients for  2-3 servings

  • jjajangmyeon noodles
  • ½ pound pork belly, cut into ½ inch cubes (about 1½ cups’ worth)
  • 1 cup of Korean radish (or daikon), cut into ½ inch cubes (about 1 cup’s worth)
  • 1 cup of zucchini, cut into ½ inch cubes
  • 1 cup of potato, peeled and cut into ½ inch cubes
  • 1½ cups of onion chunks
  • 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup and 1 tablespoon of chunjang (Korean black bean paste)
  • 2 tablespoons of potato starch powder, combined with ¼ cup water and 1 teaspoon of sugar in a small bowl, set aside
  • 1 teaspoon of toasted sesame oil
  • ½ cup cucumber, cut into thin matchsticks for garnish
  • water

jjajangmyeon vegetables

Directions for making jjajang sauce

  1. Stir-fry the pork belly in a large, deep wok (or pan) with 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil for about 4-5 minutes, until golden brown and crispy.
  2. Pour out the excess pork fat.
  3. Add radish and stir fry for 1 minute.
  4. Add potato, onion, and zucchini and keep stirring for about 3 minutes until the potato looks a little translucent.
  5. Clear a space in the center of the wok by pushing the ingredients to the edges.
  6. Add 2 Tablespoons of vegetable oil to the center of the wok, then add ¼ cup of black bean paste and stir it with a wooden spoon for 1 minute to fry it. Then mix everything in the wok and keep stirring.
  7. Add  2 cups of water to the wok and let it simmer and cook with the lid closed for about 10 minutes.
  8. Open the lid and taste a sample of the radish and potato. If they’re fully cooked, stir in the starch water little by little. Keep stirring until it’s well mixed and thick.
  9. Add the sesame oil and remove from the heat.
  10. Serve with noodles (jjajangmyeon) or steamed rice (jjajangbap).

Make jjajangmyeon

Noodles for jjajangmyeon can be found at Korean grocery stores. The noodles are thick and chewy.

  1. Boil the noodles in a large pot and drain. Rinse and strain in cold water.
  2. Put one serving of noodles onto a serving plate and add the jjajang sauce over top. Garnish with cucumber strips and serve immediately with kimchi or yellow pickled radish.

Make jjajangbap

I have a detailed recipe for jjajangbap but this is the basics:

  1. Make one serving of rice, and add the jjajang sauce over top.
  2. Garnish with cucumber strips on top of the jjajang sauce and serve it with kimchi or yellow pickled radish.

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  1. camelyja Lithuania joined 6/24 & has 1 comment

    Not sure how the real thing should taste, but made this recipe few times already and it is tasty

  2. This was my first time making jjajangmyeon for real instead of from instant. Your instructions and where to get ingredients was very helpful. It came out delicious and I love the texture of the noodles! Looking forward to making more food from your site. Thank you so much.

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 593 comments

      Awesome! Your first attempt at making jjajangmyeon turned out delicious! I’m thrilled to hear that. Keep up the good work with your Korean cooking. There are so many delicious dishes waiting for you to explore in Korean cuisine.

  3. antonio_dias France joined 7/23 & has 1 comment

    looks amazing

  4. Yummy! This recipe is, IMO, almost perfect. I suggest three changes:
    1) sweet potato is better than white potato for this dish
    2) for serving on the side of the noodles, the words “kimchi or yellow pickled radish” should read “kimchi AND yellow pickled radish, AND fresh onion slices.”
    3) Serve with Gochugaru (Korean chile flakes)

    When I was in Korea 50 years ago I ate this dish at least once per week. It was 60 won, which was about 15 cents. I learned to choose the chinese restaurants with the most taxicabs at lunch time, and looking around I could see that 3 out of 4 were enjoying jjajameung! Bingo! This is the place!

    Thank you for this recipe. I have made it 5 times in 2 months and it is awesome! Can this dish actually be eaten without the onion slices on the side? To me that would be like getting a full body massage when the therapist forgets to rub my feet!

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  5. Foma Belgium joined 8/22 & has 1 comment

    I can’t seem to find Korean radish or Daikon in my region. Is there anything I can use as a substitiute? It seems to important to just leave it out.

  6. teenahoo Chicago joined 8/22 & has 2 comments

    Not sure if my chungjang was just very salty or if I just prefer sweeter jjajangmyeon but I had to use at least a tablespoon of sugar to get the right balance of sweet vs salty for this recipe, delicious nonetheless!! I used a mix of white cabbage, onions and zuchinni for my vegetables since that’s the mix my husband loves :)

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  7. teenahoo Chicago joined 8/22 & has 2 comments

    Not sure if my chungjang was just very salty or if I just prefer sweeter jjajangmyeon but I had to use at least a tablespoon of salt to get the right balance for this recipe, delicious nonetheless!! I used a mix of white cabbage, onions and zuchinni for my vegetables since that’s the mix my husband loves :)

  8. Darlene L Canada joined 2/22 & has 5 comments

    I’ve made this recipe twice, it’s so incredibly delicious! I do make it with no pork belly and no oils as I’m vegan and it’s still absolutely the most tasty ever!

  9. vishnusa Boston, USA joined 5/20 & has 3 comments

    I love this recipe, and like the jjajang even better with rice!

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