When we went to Seoul, we really wanted to taste Jajangmyeon.
Jajangmyeon or Jjajangmyeon (짜장면) is a dish made up of noodles cooked in black bean paste. It’s unique to Korea and no other “black noodles” can substitute it. Although we do have noodles cooked in dark soya sauce here in Malaysia called “Hokkien mee” and you also have “konloh mee”, it is simply not the same!
often featured in Korean dramas.
In Coffee Prince, Yoon Eun-hye and the late Lee Eon
had a Jajangmyeon eating competition in the first episode.
However, Jajangmyeon is not served at Korean restaurants (it is also difficult to find it on the menu at Korean restaurants here). We remember our Korean language teacher telling us that Jajangmyeon is a popular dish at Korean – Chinese restaurants! So yeah, go to a Chinese restaurant when in Seoul for a taste of this dish.
We found this Chinese restaurant at Co-ex mall and the noodle is actually quite delicious. They provide a pair of scissors so you can cut the long strands for easier consumption. The black bean paste is called “chungjang”.
It is also customary for singles to partake in Jajangmyeon on Black Day (April 14th).