Easy Jjajangmyeon

Hello everyone!

This week I want to share with you my personal recipe for Jjajangmyeon!

It’s not 100% authentic, I modified the recipe a bit for my personal taste. If you want a recipe that’s closer to the classic recipe, I suggest THIS ONE by Maangchi.

First, what is even Jjajangmyeon?

Jjajangmyeon or 짜장면 is a noodle dish with black bean sauce that is really popular in Korea. The dish, while Chinese by origin, is one of the most popular take-out food in Korea (according to my knowledge gathered from Korean Dramas, if you want to know more about those, go HERE)

This post is coming just in time too as it is common for single people to eat this dish on April 14th (Following Valentine’s Day on Feb 14th – girls give boys chocolate, and White Day on March 14th – Boys give chocolate to girls) which is known as ”Singles Day”.

This blog is now actually informative, What? Yeah, I know!

So long story short, I LOVE Jjajangmyeon, if I go to a Korean restaurant, there’s like a 50% chance that I’ll order it. Fair warning, the black bean paste can be a little bitter depending on what kind you buy, we’ll talk about how to get it not too bitter.

Here we go!

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So, your first steps will depend on what kind of paste you buy, if you buy Black Bean Paste or Chunjang 춘장, you’re essentially getting crushed black beans. It’s salty and bitter. Your very first step will be to basically deep fry it and then add sugar. Most likely, you will buy Black Bean Sauce or Jjajang 자장, which has already been fried and had sugar added. Just a thing to be mindful of when you buy the ingredients at the Korean Grocery Store (or you know, Sobeys, where I got my Jjajang)

 

 

 

Easy Jjajangmyeon

(Serves 2-3 people)

 

Ingredients

  • 3 packs of noodles (I like to use Hokkien style stir-fried noodles, but you can use udon noodles or even ramen noodles)
  • 1/2lbs ish of pork (I use any cut that’s on sale really but the best is lean pork belly)
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 medium onion
  • 3 tbsp of Jjajang (like, heaping spoons, close to 1/4 cup really) 
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed or minced
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp hoisin
  • 1/4- 1/2 cup of water
  • 2 tbsp sugar (or maple syrup if ya fellin’ fancy)

 

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How to

  1. If you bought Chunjang, you want to start by frying it in a pan with canola oil, don’t cheap out on the oil either, fry that baby up! Then reserve for later.
  2. Start boiling water in a separate pot for the noodles.
  3. Dice the zucchini and onion
  4. Add the sesame oil to a pan and heat up on high heat for 30 sec- 1 minute then add the pork. Lower the heat to medium-high.
  5. Add the diced onion and garlic, sweat for a few seconds, then add the zucchini to the pan.
  6. Add in the fried Chujang or the Jjajang straight from the jar.
  7. Add the hoisin sauce, sugar, and half the water. Adjust consistency of the sauce by adding more water progressively. Lower the heat to medium.
  8. Cook the noodles during this step.
  9. Drain the noodles and separate them in bowls.
  10. Add the Jjajang pork mixture to the bowls.
  11. Mix well
  12. EAT ALL THE NOODLES!

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Voilà! Again, this is not a traditional Jjajangmyeon, classic recipes also include potatoes and Korean radish… as well as a bunch more steps. This is my EASY version for lazy people!

You can modify this recipe as you wish, obviously, your kitchen = your rules!

If you make it, let me know how it turned out and if you loved it as much as I do! If you’re not feeling these, you might want to try my Udon Pork Stir Fry

This is all for this week peeps!

 

Until next time,

 

Andreanne

 

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”Let’s Fight Ghost” Hoisin-Garlic Sausages

Welcome back!

What a week… I am sooo tired! My dad came down last weekend to visit with his girlfriend and her kids. It was super fun, but then I had to do all my weekend stuff after they left. You know what I mean, like… Laundry, changing the bed, vacuuming all the pet hair… No? Just me? Alright then…

On a different note, I decided to try something new for this week’s post. I’m going to combine a Korean Drama review of sort, with a recipe! Let me know if you like it in the comments section below.

Lately, I have been obsessed with the drama ”Let’s Fight, Ghost!” (싸우자 귀신아). I watched it something like 4 times already. Yes, I am very much aware of how sad that is…

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It’s a 2016 drama that originally aired on tvN. Starring Ok Taecyeon (Dream High) and Kim So Hyun (School 2015) and it’s hilarious!

It’s also slightly creepy sometimes, some of the ghosts are ugly and scary as hell! I would not want to be able to see those in real life. Nope, hard pass on that one!

I believe I have read somewhere that it’s a manga adaptation, if you know more about it, tell me in the comments, I’d like to read it!

The story is about Park Bong Pal, a college student who can see (and beat up) ghosts. He meets Kim Hyun Ji, the ghost of a High schooler who can’t cross over as she doesn’t remember anything from her life. They become unlikely partners in helping ghosts cross over and even starting an exorcism business with some of Bong Pal’s college mates.

You absolutely have to watch it, it’s amazing, I personally watched it on Dramafever, but you can also watch it on VIKI. EDIT: Dramafever ceased activities in late 2018. VIKI is still up and running.

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Kim Hyun Ji loves to eat, I’m not sure if it’s the norm for ghosts but she eats A LOT! She spends half her time trying to get Park Bong Pal to buy meat and make her food. Go feminism! I mean, who’s the sandwich maker now uhh??

Anyway, in episode 2, Monk Myung Chul asks Bong Pal for some sausage. It looks like regular sausage grilled with some onions and broccoli and it looks fantastic. Obviously, this is when I decided that I had to make something similar.

 

 

See those sausages in the very last image? Doesn’t it look fabulous? Well since I had zero clues how to do it, I kind of improvised. Good thing I did too, as my husband now requests it every week!

Hoisin Garlic Sausages

(Serves 3-4 or two who eat a whole lot… STOP JUDGING!)

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Ingredients:

  • 1 pack of Maple Lodge Farms fully cooked smoked chicken ” Smokies” sausages (or whichever sausages you’d like really)
  • 1 head of broccoli
  • 1 big onion
  • 1/4 cup of VH Hoisin-Garlic sauce (yeah, that’s cheating, I know!)
  • Sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup of water

 

How To:

  1. Cut the sausage in diagonal slices (just because it looks prettier).
  2. Dice the onion and cut the broccoli in small florets.
  3. Grill the sausages in a pan or a wok.
  4. Add in the veggies and grill them for a few minutes. You can add a bit of sesame oil if too dry, it’s going to depend on what sausage you use I think.
  5. Add in about 1/2 cup of water to finish steaming the vegetables.
  6. Once the water is all gone, add in the sauce.
  7. Serve with rice, or noodles, or any starchy leftovers you have in the fridge.
  8. Eat all the sausages!

 

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You can hardly mess that up, so simple it’s embarrassing to put it on here really… I guess you could make your own sauce with hoisin, garlic, a bit of soy sauce… I am lazy so I used pre-made, I know, shame on me. Recently I’ve been adding bell peppers to the recipe and tteok. Delicious additions but unnecessary.

On the other hand, it’s really good AND it looks pretty close to the dish made by Park Bong Pal sooooo I say it’s a win.

Let me know if you try it, and what you think about it!

 

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So that’s it for this week’s episode of  ”Andreanne tries to make food from k-dramas” I hope you enjoyed.

On a completely unrelated subject, I’m thinking of taking a Pets First Aid course next month, has anyone done that before? Is it worth it? I read a story online about a dog choking to death on a tennis ball and it kinda traumatized me… I’m a bit sap for my fur babies!

WELL, I guess I’ll see you next time,

 

Andreanne