Jja Jang Myun Noodles – The Delicious Daily 01.18.2010

Jja Jang Myun Noodles
Instant jja jang myun has come a long way since Jjapaghetti.

Though the above noodles are from a semi-instant package of Jja Jang Myun, I am sharing a recipe for homemade Jja Jang Myun by request. There is also a list of links to other recipe resources at the end of this post.

Jja Jang Myun / 짜장면

based almost completely on a recipe from a cookbook that one of my Mom’s friends wrote, Korean Cooking for You

Jja Jang Myun Ingredients:

½ pounds jja jang myun noodles/thin udon
½ pound lean pork, sliced into bite size pieces
1 teaspoon rice wine
1 teaspoon cornstarch
¼ pound shrimp, peeled, deveined and cut into bite size pieces
½ teaspoon rice wine
½ teaspoon cornstarch
1 medium onion, ½-inch dice
1 medium potato, ½-inch dice
1 medium zucchini, ½-inch dice
¼ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons cooking oil

Jja Jang Myun Sauce Ingredients:

3 tablespoons dark soybean paste
1 tablespoon soybean paste
2 teaspoons oyster sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 tablespoons rice wine
1 teaspoon cornstarch
¼ teaspoon ginger juice
1 cup stock
1/8 teaspoon vinegar
1 green onion, chopped

Jja Jang Myun Garnish and Accompaniments:

½ cucumber, julienned
½ mediun onion sliced
1 tablespoon dark soybean paste

Jja Jang Myun Directions:

In a small bowl, combine sliced lean pork, 1 teaspoon rice wine, and 1 teaspoon cornstarch. In another small bowl, combine shrimp, ½ teaspoon rice wine, and ½ teaspoon cornstarch. Let both stand for 2 minutes

Stir fry pork over medium heat until pork is cooked. Remove from pan, add oil, then stir fry shrimp over medium-low heat until shrimp turns pink.

Sprinkle ¼ teaspoon salt over zucchini and let stand. Meanwhile, stir fry onions and potatoes in lightly oiled frying pan until tender, about 2 minutes. Remove from pan, add frying oil, and stir fry salted zucchini.

Boil jja jang myun noodles until tender firm. Drain water, rinse noodles, and divide among serving bowls.

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in large saute pan. Add dark soybean paste and stir for about 10 seconds to heat through. Add all remaining Seasoning Ingredients and stir to combine. Add pork, shrimp, onions, potatoes, and zucchini, and allow to cook at low simmer about 5-7 minutes.

Top noodles with sauce and garnish with julienned cucumbers. Serve with sliced onion and dark soybean paste as accompaniments.

(My personal preference is to add as much goh chu jahng as my sinuses and sensibilities can handle.)

More Jja Jang Myun Recipe/Resources:
~ Maangchi makes jja jang myun on video
~ a lightly less complicated recipe that uses pre-made jja-jang sauce
~ good call on adding garlic to the sauce and diced carrots to the standard onions and potatoes
~ I’ve tried Jja Jang Myun in LA at Mandarin House, The Dragon, and Shin Peking. They’re all about the same. I love China Gate, but that just may be loyalty by forced frequency.

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  • http://www.djjewelz.com djjewelz

    Is this the one in a purple looking package? I rather enjoy this one and have a few in the fridge for those “just in case” situations.

  • http://www.dessertobsessed.com DessertObsessed

    omg i love jia jang myun! do you have a good recipe for it!?

  • http://www.thedeliciouslife.com Sarah J. Gim

    jewelz: The Jja Jang Myun is a GIANT package – but it’s not purple. it has like 4 servings inside with individual packages of noodles and separate sauce. I am convinced that you can somehow do it all in the microwave oven.

    DessertObsessed: I do! I should probably create a whole new post for it rather than adding it to the comments here…working on it now and will put the link in the comments!

  • Jorgebob

    Jya jiang myun is one of my favorites! The seafood variety is my preference with a buttload of sea cucumber. I fo’ sho’ gotta have it every year on Lunar New Year’s Eve. Of course, I eat it throughout the year and a couple of places in Seattle have the hand-pulled noodles. So chewy and filling! Sometimes I have some champon with the hand-pulled noodles, too.

  • http://www.thedeliciouslife.com Sarah J. Gim

    Jorgebob: Oh, I don’t think I’ve ver had jja jang myun with seafood, and now I may never because sea cucumber has the texture of…I can’t even think of what because it’s so nasty.

    I DO love jjam bong, though. It used to be my favorite Korean Chinese dish of all time because I looove brothy noodle soups and this is so spicy.

    Then I realized that the red orange oil slick on the surface was kind of telling.

    Like, telling me I’m going to have a heart attack.

    Man, now I want to revisit jjam bong anyway.

  • http://vondelicious.blogspot.com Von

    I had these noodles at a Korean Restaurant once- and fell instantly in love with it! Thanks for the recipe and links- I’ll definitely make this one day!

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  • http://eatasianwest.wordpress.com EAW

    You have no idea how long I’ve been looking for JJM recipe that actually describes the black bean sauce, and doesn’t just rely on a premade/canned mix from the store.

    THANK YOU!!!!!

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