Jjajamgmyeon or Fried Black bean sauce with noodles is a koreanised chinese dish. I am a huge fan of Korean Dramas, I have seen this dish many times in dramas and I was curious about the taste of it (in the dramas it seems like it is the only food they eat besides tteokboki, kimchi and the famous rice alcohol soju).
( oohhh yeaaah that looks sooo tasty!… drool)
Hence I have decided to try it at home using the recipe of Maanchi, the reference of Korean recipes on Youtube.Sadly, where I live, it is hard to find all of the products that Maanchi is using for her recipe. So I adapted it to what I could find in my local asian market and went hunting for the last (and most) important ingredient: the black bean paste. It was hard to find it sadly…I had to get mine from the K-markt in Paris -.-‘.
for 4 people:
- noddles (best jjajyamyeon noodles otherwise buy any thick looking asian noddles such as soba noddles)
- 250g of minced meat (I prefer pork but pregrilled soy sauce soaked tofu could work)
- 1/2 zucchini (or courgette), cut into small cubes
- 1 big (handsize) potatoe , peeled and cut into small cubes
- 1 big carrot, peeled and cut into small cubes
- 1 big onion cut into small cubes (same size as zucchini)
- 1/2 leek (green part), cut into thin stripes
- generous amount of vegetable oil ( about 4 table spoons)
- generous amount of black bean paste ( about 4 table spoons of paste)
- around 2 tablespoons of Oyster sauce
- 2 Tablespoons of potato starch * powder diluted in 60 ml of water
- 1/4 of cucumber and 2 eggs omelet, cut into thin matches for garnish
- optional: daikon (japanese pickled radish), cut into thin matches for garnish
*corn starch can be used as well
- Peel and cut all the vegetables (onion, carrot, leek, potatoes, zucchini and cucumber). Put them into seperate bowls as each vegetable have different cooking times for example: potatoes cook longer than carrots .
- boil some water and cook the noodles by following the instructions of the noodle package.
- In a large pan on medium heat, add half of the vegetable oil and cook the onion. It should be a light brown colour. Add the meat and seperate it.
- Add the potaoes and 2 tablespoon of water. As soon as you add the water, cover with a lid or a big plate that covers the entire surface of the pan. Wait for the water to be done about 1 minute before stiring.
- Add the diced carrots and zucchini. Add 4 table spoons of water and cover again. (This will speed up the cooking time for the vegetables)
- While this cooks, make the omelet topping and chop it into thin matches.
- Add the leek, add the rest of the vegetable oil and stur it in.
- Push all the vegetables onto the sides of the pan so that there is a hole in the middle of the pan.
- Add the black bean paste and oyster sauce. Mix the sauces together WITHOUT mixing the vegetable mixture in. This is important as this is a fried sauce dish.
- While the sauces are frying, make the potatoe starch mixture. This mixture will make sure that all the vegetables are covered with the rich thick sauce. Add 2 Tablespoons of potato/corn starch powder diluted in 60 ml of water and give it a good stir.
- Add the mixture to the pan and mix everything together. Stir until well combined and until the sauce becomes thicker.
- On your plate, place the plain noodles and on top the same amount of black bean vegetable mixture. Add the omelet/ zuchini matches and some daikon.
- And VOILAAAAAAAA! Mix well before eating.
If you have any suggestions about what I should make next…Please leave a comment below