7 types of Korean Jajangmyeon

Jajangmyeon is the Korean-style Chinese food made with fermented black bean paste which is called chunjang(춘장 in Korean) and the noodles. It is the most popular delivery food in Korea that many people frequently eat Jajangmyeon. If you go to the Chinese restaurant in Korea, you could see many kinds of the Jajangmyeon. Today I will introduce about the diverse types of the Jajangmyeon.

1. Kaan Jajang(간짜장 in Korean): Normal Jajangmyeon uses the Black bean paste which is cooked before, meanwhile Kkan Jajangmyeon uses the Black bean paste which is fried just now. So the Kkan Jajangmyeon has more intense and oily taste. Cooking the good taste of the Kaan Jajang is hard and even if it is cooked little wrong, the taste could be salty and too oily that Jjangmyeon lovers judge the chef’s cooking skills depends on the Kkan Jajangmyeon.:)

Black bean paste and the noodles are given separately as you can see in below. Normally the Kkan Jajangmyeon is with noodle and the black bean paste, but in some places additionally give a fried egg above the noodle.

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Then pour the black bean paste on the noodle and mix it.

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2. Uni Jajang(유니짜장 in Korean): All the ingredients in the Black bean are cut into small pieces. As the ingredients are chopped into little pieces, the water comes from the ingredient that it does not put the water into the Uni Jajang during cooking. Uni Jajang has the mild taste according to the ingredients are small that it is good for old men or children to eat.

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You could see the ingredients are smaller than other type of the Jajangmyeon.

3. Sacheon Jajang(사천짜장 in Korean): Sacheon Jajang is the most spicy among all types of the Jajangmyeon. Quite many restaurants put red pepper in it or the chili powder. Also the Seafood is in this Jajangmyeon. You could see the shrimp and the webfoot octopus in below picture.

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4. Jaeng-ban Jajang(쟁반짜장 in Korean): Jaeng-ban means ‘tray’ in Korean and this cuisine is served in a tray as you can see in below picture. Normally it is given in a large amount that two people can eat one dish. The good thing is the black bean souse and the noodle are already mixed that it is convenient to eat. Normally to eat the other types of the Jajangmyeon, you have to mix it by yourself.

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5. Yetnal Jajang(옛날짜장 in Korean): This means old Jajangmyeon in Korean. The characteristic of this Jajangmyeon is the ingredients such as onion, cabbage and potato are cut in big shape. Normally the sauce is thin and the taste of the black soybean paste is soft because of the potato which is in inside.

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6. Jjajangbap(짜장밥 in Korean): This means black soybean paste and rice in Korean. Black soybean paste is used as the other types of the Jajangmyeon, but the rice is in it instead of the noodle.

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7. Jjamjamyeon(짬짜면 in Korean): This means half is Jjamppong and half is Jajangmyeon.

Many Korean frequently having a hard time to decide what to eat between Jajangmyeon and Jjamppong. Acoordingly, new dish which has both Jajangmyeon and Jjamppong came out. Pros is you can eat both of the dishes at once but the cons is the food amount is less than you order the Jajangmyeon or Jjamppong itself. Because the middle part of the bowl is divided in half, and the amount of the food is less as much as the part which is dividing the bowl.

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Thanks for reading. You can check 7 Types of Korean Jjamppong in here.

All about the Korean delivery culture

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In many countries, delivery is quite common, but there is a unique delivery service what you can only see in Korea. Deliver service is common in Korea that you can deliver anything such as all food, document, present…etc and the price is cheap. You can eat almost all the food like pizza, chicken, Hamburger in a same price as you eat in the store. There is no tip culture in Korea that you don’t have to give tip to the delivery men.Today I will introduce about the interesting story about the Korean delivery culture.

1. Quick Service

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Quick service means delivering with motorcycle, that it is quicker than any other delivery system. Usually people use this service to deliver the document, parcel or just about anything that’s not too heavy or big. Normally it took 1 hour for the item to be delivered. But sometimes they deliver the person! :O

Every year 3rd grade in high school has the university entrance exam which is like the SAT in US, but this test is only in once a year. So if you are late for the test, you have to wait one more year to have a test. Because of this  reason on the test day, you can see the unusual sight. One of the interesting scene is if the students wake up late or in a heavy traffic that they are expected to be late at the exam, they use the “Quick service”. I saw this news in every year after the university entrance test day.

2. Deliver Everywhere, Anytime

The screen shots in below is the Korea TV program-“I live alone”. In this show, the French men( name: Fabien) ordered the food in the park.

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Subtitle means: “Does the food delivers in the park?”

 

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Within 30minutes,  the food was  delivered in the park as you can see in the left picture.:)

 

You will be curious, how the deliver men can find the place between the large park? But in Korea everywhere, anytime the delivery is possible. When I was a university student, I frequently ordered food with delivery and the food was delivered normally 15minutes and no later than 30minutes. Also the deliver men know the specific place in university that if I ask to the delivery men “Please bring the food in business school building”, then he brings the food to the right place.

It is common to deliver food at night or even the raining, snowing in outside. But the picture in below, seems quite dangerous. Motorcycle accidents during delivery happen quite frequently in Korea. 🙁  I also experienced once that I ordered the food in chicken store but the food was not coming. I called the store and they said “Sorry but the delivery person had an accidence in the road that it will be delayed”.

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3. Metal Delivery Box

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If you are walking the street in Korea, the men delivering with the motorcycle and the metal box  is easily seen. Korean Chinese food restaurant start delivering the food since 1950’s and they are using the steel box in deliver.

Screen Shot 2015-01-18 at 9.19.58 AMThe advantage of delivering with metal container is in preserving the heat well. It can keep the food warm during the deliver, also the steel bag is hygienic, because the food stained in the bag is easily cleaned. Many Korean food has a soup that the soup can be flowed out of the bowl during delivering this soup food. Accordingly, the bag which can be easily be cleaned is the  important element of choosing the deliver bag.

 

 

4. Fast food Delivery Service

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All the major Fast food stores in Korea are delivering the food: McDonald, Burger King, Lotteria. Also the good thing is they deliver in 24hours and if you order the food more than $5, no charge for delivery.

Thanks for reading and I would be thankful if you leave the comment of your thinking or about your countries’ unique deliver culture. 🙂