Sunday, April 5, 2009

Noodle With Black Bean Sauce (jja-jang-myun)

We've been eating this dish a lot to get rid of the noodles... lol~

If you need some guidance with the ingredients, you can check my Korean Cooking 101. ;)

olive oil or any cooking oil
chopped garlic
1/2-1 potato
1/2-1 carrot
1/2 of onion
1/2 squash
pinch of black pepper
pinch of garlic salt
black bean sauce

Step 1:
Grab a pot and add water. Once it starts boiling, add the noodles. Sorry I don't have a picture for this. You can usually find the noodles at Korean market. Look at the cover of the noodles, it usually shows you.

Step 2:
I usually soak my meat, in this case beef, in water to get rid of the blood. You don't have to do this part. Once the blood is gone, I cut it in small bite-sized pieces. Grab a frying pan and add olive oil or any oil to fry the beef. Then add some chopped garlic and fry the beef.
While I'm cooking the beef, I usually cut my potato and carrot. Once the beef is done, I add the cut pieces of the potato and carrot. You want to add the vegetables that take longer to cook first.
While I'm cooking the potato and carrot with the beef, I cut the onion and squash. Then I dump the chopped onion and squash in the frying pan. Then I add some seasoning like black pepper and garlic salt.
Then cover the vegetables with water and let it boil.
Once it starts boiling, I add black bean paste. It depends on the amount of sauce you're making, but usually it's about 2 spoonful of black bean paste. I mix it around with the spoon. The heat from the water will melt the black bean paste. ;) Then add 1 spoonful of sugar and taste the sauce. If the sauce isn't to your taste, you can add more sugar to sweeten it.
I used this black bean sauce just in case you didn't know how the sauce looks like.
Then I grab a cup and add some water. I add 1 spoonful of cornstarch. Make sure the cornstarch is all mixed in the water.
Slowly add the water with the cornstarch while mixing it with a spoon. The cornstarch mixture will thicken the sauce. If you need more cornstarch mix, make some more. You can directly add the cornstarch, but from my experience it sticks to the spoon that's why I mix it with water.
Put noodles in a dish and add the sauce on top. I topped it off with chopped cucumber. You don't have to do this part but it looks nicer that way... hehe~ :)

This past week, I also made pho for the first time... hehe~ It's the thanks for my kim-chi eating buddy, Spankedelic. She sent me a pho powder for the broth.
It came out delicious!!! My dad even said it taste the same as the restaurant... hehe~ I'm drooling, as well as, salivating as I type this... lol~ :X
She also sent me this cute Hello Kitty candy. I still have it sitting around... lol~ It's too cute to eat!!!
Thank you Spank!!! :)

This week I checked out Sally's Beauty because of their buy 2 get 1 free deal on all nail polishes. I bought three China Glaze polishes. I bought two summer collection, Orange Marmalade and Watermelon Ring, and one regular collection, Coral Star (click here to see all the swatches of the China Glaze collection I have).

Orange Marmalade:

Watermelon Ring:

Coral Star:

If you can see, I've been into coral/orange-y/peachy colors lately... lol~ Even my nail of the week (NOTW #10) is in that color. :X
I've also been into solid colors that's why you don't see much nail arts anymore... hehe~ I used China Glaze in ThatAway. It's such a gorgeous color! :)


Jamilla Camel said...

OMG!! I love your cooking and your recipes! I am eating a boring congee right now and I wish I could eat your noodles!

I also really like your coral nail's perfect for spring!

Blair said...

Oh yay! Another korean recipe. I love these! =D

Audrie said...

yum yum i looove black bean paste noodles!!!!! My mom makes it a little differently since she makes it the Chinese way and it was kind of confusing how she makes it haha, but this way looks way easier! Thanks for another awesome recipe, I will go try it out :)
And LOVE your new nail polishes!! Especially Watermelon Ring!

ainstein said...

omg i loveeeeeeeeee jja jang myun!!! esp the seafood kind mmmmmm yummy!

Anonymous said...

aly, your pho looks sooooooooo yummy! i was trying to see if i could order the pho powder online but the website says they have stores everywhere that sell their products! i think they are based out of california! i hope they have it in a store near you so you can buy some more if you like it. if not, i'll get my parents to get more. i loooooove this stuff. doesn't it taste good? it has very good flavor and tastes like it came from a restaurant! i was hungry when i saw your pic! i love pho and am craving it today. i never get tired of that stuff. hehe. sometimes i boil chicken and then shred it up and put that in my pho but most of the times, i go buy those meatballs in the asian markets or slice up beef and throw it into the pho! i'm glad you finally made it!

Lily said...

mm pho is delicious! great deal on the nail polish!

Anonymous said...

kk, saw the post on soompi, and knew you must have updated~
ahhh the jajangmyun looks great :)

Jo said...

oh my goodness that black stew looks soo damn good. is it spicy at all?

Askmewhats said...

Wow I love the noodles and the nail color is too pretty!

♡ Nic Nic ♡ said...

Yummy food again! the coral nail colour is gorgeous!

TanyaLasagna said...

WAH! I'm drooling now too x___x My mom only makes jjajangmyun when she's in a good mood :[

miemiemie said...

i saw your post on soompi, love the pretty orange color :)

Neeyuh said...

your food posts always make me hungry! hehe looks sooo good! Nice polish colors you got, i've been wanting to get watermelon rind. Pretty notw too! I likey. :)

M said...

i swear these cooking series get my tummy all grumbly. i just packed up my pots and pans today so no cooking for a while.

great nail shade!

Yumeko said...

omgggg i really want to see the noodles! i know they are very popular
u are talented cook!

i will hunt for that sauce!!thanks for posting pic of it

btw i looooooove ur coral phase of nails at the moment but i always miss ur nail art of cos!

oh off topic, are my emails getting through to u? T-T

Blair said...

Thanks for thinking that I have angelic skin!

I wish I'm fairer, but unfortunately I'm not, maybe this is why I'm obsessed with whitening stuff haha.

That reminds me, I need to get my weekly soy bean drink fix! I don't know if it's true, but they say soy bean is good if you want to get fairer hahaha.

gio said...

I love your recipes, everything always looks so yummy!

The coral nail polish si gorgeous!

~Mel said...

mmm.. yum! dude i need to find that pho broth powder! haha.. i got no 3 hrs+ to waste on making the real thing. =P

Violet Honeybee said...

OHhh i have all 6 of the China Glaze summer collection but I havent used them yet.. o.o But they look sooo pretty in the jar.. *drools

Ahleessa said...

ainstein: How come you're not posting anymore? :(

Anonymous said...

lol may cause of the unborn nephew due date :)
it snowed in toronto was insane! lol I mean never in my life...i think...has it snowed in april! :S

miRaCLe said...

i love jja-jang-myun too!! hahas
i just <3 Korean foodS!!
recently we went to a Korean restaurant and i think the ginseng chicken soup also taste wonderful!! :D

i love soupy stuff ahahs.
the Pho soup is it from vietnam? it looks so delicious!!

The watermelon ring looks good! :D

Kitty said...

This makes me hungry! :D

Blair said...

Aly! Adam got a standing O from the judges!! I'm so excited ahaha

O.o? What did you get from the UD F&F sale?

Kasumi said...

I love noodles! I wanna try this dish! looks extremely appetizing.

TiFF TuMS said...

Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog! I don't get many, so it was a pleasant surprise :)

And thanks soo much for this recipe! I'll attempt it when I finish my first failed batch :D

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