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Korean Food: Black Bean Paste Noodles (Jja-jang Bap, 짜장밥)

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Jja-jang Bob (짜장밥) is the most popular Korean style chinese food in Korea. This is made of mainly black bean paste, meat, and different kinds of vegetables. In Korea, you can easily order Jja-jang meon (Black bean paste noodle) from the Chinese restaurants. Then they will deliver the food to your house only for 3 or 4 dollars without any tipping. Typically, Korean style chinese restaurants serve Jja-jang meon with Pickled yellow radish (Dan-moo-ji), radish kimchi (Kkak doo gi), and raw onion with black bean paste which you will use to make this recipe. Dip the onion into the black bean paste when you eat Jja-jang bob or noodles. Garnish with cucumber or peas. Cucumber tastes especially good with this Jja-jang bob.
Ingredients
Main ingredients:
  Onion 1 Cup (16 tbs), diced into 1/2-inch pieces
  Potato 1 Cup (16 tbs), diced into 1/2-inch pieces
  Zucchini 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), diced into 1/2-inch pieces
  Chopped cabbage 2 Cup (32 tbs), cut into 1/2-inch pieces
Meat ingredients:
  Beef/Pork 1 Cup (16 tbs), cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  Cooking wine 1 Tablespoon
  Salt 1 Pinch
  Black pepper 1 Pinch
Sauce ingredients:
  Black bean paste 4 Tablespoon
  Oil 1 Tablespoon
  Sugar 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Water 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Corn starch 2 Tablespoon
Directions

GETTING READY
1. On a cutting board chop the beef into 1 inch thin strips and cop the potatoes, zucchini, carrots and onions as advised and set aside.
2. In a large bowl gather the meat, cooking wine, salt, pepper. Combine well and set aside.

MAKING
2. To make the sauce, take a pan add oil. When warm add the black bean paste ( called "Choon-jang" in Korean) and fry till the paste becomes smooth and soft.
3. Add sugar (it helps remove the bitter taste of the black bean paste)
4. In a separate pan, fry the meat till it is cooked well.
5. In a third pan heat oil and fry the potatoes till half cooked. Then add in the onions and cabbage and fry till they are half cooked. Add the zucchini and fry.
6. When all the vegetables are cooked add the cooked meat pieces and the fried black bean paste and mix well.
7. In 2 cups of water add the corn starch and stir. Pour this corn starch mixture into the pan with the meat and vegetables. Boil till a thick consistency is reached.

SERVING
8. Serve warm with rice or noodles

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
Fusion
Preparation Time: 
30 Minutes
Cook Time: 
40 Minutes
Ready In: 
70 Minutes
Servings: 
2
Subtitle: 
Asian Meat And Vegetables In Black Bean Sauce
JaJang Myeon is probably the most popular Korean-style Chinese food eaten in Korea. In Korea, you are sure to find JaJang Myeon on Chinese restaurant or take-out menus but it is not common to find this dish in Chinese restaurants in other parts of the world. Watch this video to learn how to make this dish of meat and vegetables in black bean paste at home. Though it is usually served on thick noodles, it tastes really good over rice too!

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