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Vegan Jajangmyeon (Korean Black Bean noodles)

Mixed bowl of vegan jjajangmyeon

Vegan Jajangmyeon (Korean Black Bean Noodles) – Very popular Chinese style-Korean noodle dish that’s sweet and savory. Delicious and easy recipe!

Ingredients

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  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 green onion, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons grapeseed oil
  • 1/3 cup chunjang
  • 1/2 large onion, diced
  • 1  medium-size potato, diced (about a heaping cup)
  • 1 small-size zucchini, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 medium-size carrot, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 cup chopped cabbage
  • 1/2 cup plant-based ground meat (or 2 large king oyster mushroom, finely diced) (See note)
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • Noodle of your choice or rice (for serving)
  • Thinly sliced cucumber and sweet pea (garnish)

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet, add 2 tablespoons of oil, minced garlic, and green onion. Cook with frequent stirring until fragrant, about 1 to 2 minutes.
  2. Add the onion and cook until onion is translucent, about 3 minutes. 
  3. Make a well in the middle of the pan by pushing the cooked onion to the edge and add the remaining oil and add the chunjang. Cook the chunjang with frequent stirring for a couple of minutes. Mix the chunjang with the cooked onion and continue to cook with frequent stirring. 
  4. Add all the vegetables except zucchini, plant-based grounds, or mushrooms of your choice, add the water and sugar to the mixture. 
  5. Bring it to a boil and lower the heat until the mixture comes to a low simmer. Place a lid and cook until the potatoes are cooked, about 10 minutes.
  6. Take the lid off and add the zucchini. Cook for a couple of minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, prepare the slurry. In a small bowl, add 1 tablespoon of corn starch and 2 tablespoons of water. Mix until all the corn starch dissolves and add it to the mixture. Stir the mixture. The sauce should thicken. 
  8. Continue to cook for a couple more minutes and serve the sauce over cooked noodles or rice. Garnish with thinly sliced cucumber and sweet peas. 

Notes

  • If you do not want to use plant-based ground meat, you can use any mushroom of your choice. I have used minced king oyster mushroom before and it was delicious in this dish. 
  • I recommend using ramen noodles or dried udon noodles for this dish. But rice is also delicious with this sauce. 

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