Jjajang ramyun – black bean noodle ramyun

jja jang ramyun

This bowl of yummy hot noodles is a deliciously quick lunch. It tastes so good, you’ll forget you are eating ramyun!

We really enjoy jjajang myun, black bean noodles. It is one of the things I haven’t ever made from scratch or even really tried.  If we go out for Korean food, this is what we usually order. (See restaurant review here and here!)

But we really like it and going out is expensive with lots of hungry kids, so we resort to making the instant kind at home (more often than we would admit). As we have discovered, all black bean style ramyun noodles are not created equal!  This one, however, is a winner!

Jjajangmen package

The secret to its deliciousness is the pouch of jjajang sauce (not powder!) that is included.

jjajang sauce

It cooks up quick and easy and makes a great weekend lunch.

Warning: You may need to remove your shirt when you eat it.  It gets messy!

noodles

noodles

This is not a recipe so much, since it is just following the instructions on the package; it is more of a product review with cooking directions 🙂

Jjajang ramyun

Ingredients

  • 600 ml water
  • 1 package paldo jja jang men instant noodles
  • cucumber slices to garnish

Instructions

  1. Bring water to a boil
  2. Add dry noodles
  3. Boil for 5 minutes
  4. Drain out the water and leave 2-3 tablespoons of water in the bowl. (This is important since you want it saucey!)
  5. Squeeze the sauce out of the package
  6. Mix well
  7. Serve with cucumber garnish
  8. Enjoy! 🙂
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Ham Ji Bak restaurant – Langley/Surrey

Ham ji bak

This restaurant is located right inside Hmart in Langley/Surrey. It’s menu features Korean style Chinese food and traditional Korean dishes as well. My Korean class went out for lunch after our grocery shopping field trip.

jajang myun

Most of us ordered the jajang myun, black bean noodles, since it was on special. It came with some standard side dishes of pickled yellow radish and radish kimchi. None of us were overly impressed with the noodle dish; there wasn’t enough sauce and it was quite salty.  My one classmate thought there were too many onions, but the dish is mostly made of onions. 🙂

tang su yuk

My generous classmate ordered tang su yuk, sweet and sour pork for us to share.  This was definitely the most delicious part of the meal. It wasn’t over overpoweringly sweet as it sometimes can be. And it had quite a few vegetables and some cute carrots flowers in it. Who doesn’t like carrot flowers?

soup

One classmate ordered kong guk su, a cold bean broth soup with noodles.  He thought is was refreshing.  It is quite a bland soup that you add salt too, and he added too much salt 🙂 But he awarded it a 7/10 anyways!

The service was not great; the waitress was neither quick nor friendly.

So overall, it was okay, not great.  In my opinion, if you are at Hmart and hungry for some Korean food, go next door to Baik Mi Korean restaurant for a good meal. (check out the review here)

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Baik Mi Korean restaurant – Langley/Surrey

restaurant

We went out for lunch with the family to Baik Mi Korean restaurant because we had heard they had jajang myun on sale.  We don’t go out to eat very often, mostly because I like to cook and as the kids get bigger, they can eat a lot. When we do go out for Korean food, we always order jajang myun (it’s one dish I don’t make at home). In this Korean style chinese dish, vegetables and meat are fried up in a black bean sauce and served over long noodles.

jajang myun

My yobo has fond memories associated with jajang myun.  On his birthday, his mom would take him out for and they would order jajang myun and tang su yuk, sweet and sour pork.

tang su yuk

The restaurant opened in the fall of 2012 and this was our first visit.   It is beautifully decorated with traditional Korean artifacts and the walls have old Korean writing on them.  Above the kitchen area is made to resemble a traditional Korean house. The kids really enjoyed looking around as we waited for our food.

The jajang myun was delicious.  The sauce had lots of flavour and the noodles were a nice texture.  The service was quick and as custom, several side dishes were served with the meal: kimchi (of course), pickled radish and raw onion with a dipping sauce. We ordered a bowl of noodles for each of us and had leftovers to make with rice the next day.

Good taste and good value!

Taron and noodles

“Yummy!”

 Note: This is not a paid endorsement.

The address is for Baik Mi Korean restaurant is 19539 Fraser Hwy  Surrey, BC
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