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Jjajangmyeon - Korean Noodles With Pork And Black Bean Sauce

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Today we're making my version of Jjajangmyeon. It's a Korean wheat noodle bowl with a pork and black bean sauce that's derived from a Chinese dish called zhajiangmian. There's an instant version of this dish called "Chapaghetti" that's quite popular in the grocery store, but to me it tastes awful. The real thing is very tasty and relatively inexpensive to prepare and perfect for weekday cooking. Let's cook Jjajangmyeon!
Ingredients
  Oil 2 Tablespoon
  Pork/Ground pork 8 Ounce, diced
  Carrot 1 Cup (16 tbs), diced
  Onion 1 Cup (16 tbs), diced
  Garlic 2 Clove (10 gm), minced
  Shaoxing wine 2 Tablespoon
  Black bean sauce 1 1⁄2 Tablespoon
  Chicken stock 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Cornstarch 1 Tablespoon, mixed with water
  Brown sugar 1 Teaspoon
For noodles
  Chow mein noodles/Instant ramen noodles 1⁄2 Packet
  Water 4 Cup (64 tbs)
  Salt 1 Teaspoon
To serve
  Cucumber 1⁄2 , julienned (For garnishing)
Directions

MAKING
1. In a wok on high heat, add and heat the oil. Add in the onion and garlic and stir fry for about 2 minutes.
2. After 2 minutes, add carrots and stir fry for another 2 minutes.
3. Once the carrots are slightly cooked, make space in the center of the wok for the pork. Add the pork pieces in the center and pour the shaoxing cooking wine around the wok until it sizzles.
4. Mix all the ingredients until well combined and cook it for about 15 minutes until the pork pieces are no longer pink.
5. Add black bean sauce, mix well and cook it for another 2 minutes.
6. Pour in the chicken stock, mix well and simmer the mixture for about 2 - 3 minutes or until the pork is done.
7. Pour in the cornstarch, mix well and let the mixture thicken for about 3 minutes.
8. Add in the brown sugar, mix well and cook for a minute and turn off the heat.
9. For the noodles: In a pot of boiling hot salted water, add in the noodles and cook for about 2 - 3 minutes and drain well once they are cooked.

SERVING
10. Take a large serving bowl, add the cooked noodles and top it one side with the pork and black bean sauce and the other side with freshly julienned cucumber. Serve immediately.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
Korean
Course: 
Main Dish
Taste: 
Savory
Method: 
Stir Fried
Dish: 
Noodle
Ingredient: 
Pork
Restriction: 
High Fiber, High Protein
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
25 Minutes
Ready In: 
40 Minutes
Servings: 
2

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