Super Yummy Recipe!
I like to think I have very developed taste buds, and here is one of my favorite food items! Hopefully, you'll enjoy this recipe too, that is, unless you have no taste buds. Then you're on your own.
You're probably wondering, "What is this delicious dish you're talking about?" It's called jja jang myun, a popular Korean dish, derived from the Chinese dish zha jiang mein.
Jja jang myun consists of thick noodles made from white wheat flour, which is topped by a dark, thick sauce that consists of black soybeans:
Okay, let's learn how to make it! Are you ready? Here we go!
Jja Jang Myun Ingredients:
- 1/2 pound jja jang myun noodles/thin udon
- 1/2 pound lean pork, sliced into bite size pieces
- 1 teaspoon rice wine
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1/4 pound shrimp, peeled, deveined and cut into bite size pieces
- 1/2 teaspoon rice wine
- 1 medium onion, 1/2 inch dice
- 1 medium potato, 1/2 inch dice
- 1 medium zucchini, 1/2 inch dice
- 1/4 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
- 1/4 teaspoon ginger juice
- 1 cup stock
- 1/8 teaspoon vinegar
- 1 green onion, chopped
Jja Jang Myun Garnish and Accompaniments:
- 1/2 cucumber, julienned
- 1/2 medium 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, 1/2 teaspoon rice wine, and 1/2 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 fly shrimp over medium-low heat until shrimp turns pink.
- Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon salt over zucchini and let stand. Meanwhile, stir fry onions and potatoes is light 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 for about 5-7 minutes.
- Top noodles with sauce and garnish with julienned cucumbers. Serve with sliced onion and dark soybean paste as accompaniments.
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