Chajang myun is another popular noodle dish enjoyed by many Asians. Most Koreans consider this meal a Chinese dish and it is usually only found in Korean/Chinese restaurants. Chajang is the sauce made from black bean paste which gives its distinctive black color and myun means noodle. The final chajang sauce contains onion, meat and/or seafood, usually squid, shrimp, sea cucumber and others but never any fish ingredients. Some starch is added to give it a thick consistency and it is served over noodles.
Another common dish using this chajang sauce is chajang-bop which is the chajang sauce served over bop which means steamed, short-grain rice (usually white). Common side dish usually found alongside chajang myun or chajang bop is donmoogee which is a delicious pickled daikon radish.
Instant packages of chajang myun can be purchased at Korean supermarkets or even at local delicatessen. To see all brands of instant noodles, click here.