Asian Food: Jjajangmyeon

I am a fan of Asian cuisine. I love it more than I do European or American. I absolutely love the flavors. Because of this, I’ve decided to add something like an introduction of Asian food on my blog. I know a lot of people have it in their blogs, but I want to share also what I think about a kind of food. Thus, it will start with the first post… Jjajangmyeon.

Like my penchant for anything Korean, I also like Korean food. Actually, the first time I tried it, I was not too keen on trying it again. But the more I ate Korean, the more I liked it. And yes, I am now a convert. I buy kimchi whenever I can and I always have gim (dried laver) stock at home if I suddenly have the urge to eat. Gim is always good with hot rice!!

So for the first post, I am sharing about one of my favorite Korean dishes, the Jjajangmyeon.

What is it?

The Jjajangmyeon  짜장면 (spelled also as Jajangmyeon자장면) is noddles with black sauce. It is a Chinese Korean dish made of wheat noodles topped with a thick sauce made of chunjang (a salty black soybean paste). It is said to have been invented in the city of Incheon in a restaurant called Gonghwachun (공화춘). According to Lonely Planet, the restaurant is still there and it’s one of the places to visit to when you do a Chinatown walking tour in Incheon.

Some people might be scared with the appearance because of the black sauce. But i tell you it’s delicious, though it’s not for those who don’t like salty food (sometimes it’s salty because of the chujang). Most Korean food are spicy and hot, but Jjajangmyeon isn’t so it’s safe to eat.  It is sometimes cooked with vegetables and a little meat and then served with yellow colored pickled radishes (another one of my favorites).

The Jjajangmyeon is a very popular dish in Korea. I think you would recognize it if you saw the drama Coffee Prince. Who would ever forget the  eating contest scene??

An interesting thing in Korea is that there is something called Black Day, it’s held every April 14. All the single ladies, put your hand up because this is the die when single Korean ladies eat Jjajangmyeon, or any dish that has Jjajang (the black sauce).

How to Make Jjajangmyeon?

I really suck at cooking so I can’t make an instruction video. But hallelujah for youtube because there are a lot of people posting up instructional videos.

This is the best how to make jjajangmyeon video I’ve seen. She makes it look simple and her English is clear.

Good luck to making your own Jjajangmyeon! ㅋㅋㅋ

The Jjapageti  짜파게티

For people who can’t cook like me, there is always an alternative. And Korea, they have instant Jjajangmyeon, the Jjapageti.

It comes in two packs, the one you see above and in cup noodle form.

Usually the one in the cup noodle is prepared like cooking the noddles in hot water and then draining it leaving only a little water so a sauce base can be made and then mixing it all together.

But a Korean friend taught me a better and more delicious way to prepare it using the microwave. Open the lid, add the flavoring, put hot water (maybe half , just enough water to cook the noodles), then pop it to the microwave for 4-5 minutes. It’s really better than the old way of cooking jjapageti!

So that’s the Jjajangmyeon. If you have tried it but you think it’s too salty, try to visit another Korean restaurant. I have tried lots here in my place before I finally found one that suited my taste perfectly. 🙂

Hope this little introduction helps. ^_^

**credits: Maangchi@yt + wikipedia + lonelyplanet + as tagged

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DBSK and SUJU in Korea Sparkling CF (090516)

OMG!!! I want to go to Korea!

This is the time I really think that I’m living in the wrong country! And I really want to go and visit Korea – especially after seeing this ad!

My love affair with Korean entertainment started when I saw Goong and Lovers in Paris being aired on a local television channel. It skyrocketed to the highest level this year – all thanks to my friends who are addicts like me. Because of this fascination – I want to go to Korea. And I want really really want to go there after seeing this ad.

This ad is for the Sparkling Korea– Korea’s tourism campaign. I’ve seen ads like this before. There was in even one especially targeted to Seoul (soul) and Rain was featured in that ad. In the new Sparkling Korea ad, it features the tourists spots which addicts to the Korean entertainment are familiar of (based on what I understand, the theme of this ad is Korean entertainment). Who isn’t familiar with Namiseom Island (where the famous Winter Sonata was shot)?? Ever seen Daejanggeum?? If you liked it you should visit the Daejanggeum theme park. I loved the drama 1st Shop of Coffee Prince — and I would love to visit the shop where it was shot.

In this ad.. my favorite boys are featured! Both DBSK and Super Junior are featured in this ad! And that’s why I want to go to Korea!!! The boys (ahahaha :D) are really gaining popularity world wide ^-^ . You could say they are now reaping the benefits of all those years of training!

Waaah.. I want to go there!

And as a plus… here is the 15 second version of DBSK’s  Seolreim CF.. they’re so cute!

** credits farahmicky8 and ichigoKJJ@youtube + dnbn

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MBC and Crunchyroll’s strategic partnership

Because I was a little busy, this blog has not been updated… until today that is 😀

I was snooping around the internet and browsing through asian websites when I read a news that made my day — but later made me a little sad.

K-popped has posted on their website that MBC is partnering with crunchyroll!!! This news made my day..

MBC is one of the biggest Korean TV networks where famous Kdramas are shown. MBC or Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation is the TV station that broadcasted popular dramas like Coffee Prince, My Name is Kim Sam Soon, Jumong and my favorite Goong (Princess Hours).

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According to the article, in the pipelines are more than 30 complete MBC Korean drama series. The first drama is scheduled to begin streaming in the week of March 16, 2009. — When I checked Coffee Prince was up already…

As I was so excited about the news I immediately logged in to crunchy… hoping that the videos will also be available in my region! But alas, as I clicked the videos.. the dreaded: “Sorry this video is not available in your region” appeared. Ugggh… this news made my day but made me frustrated at the same time..

To clarify this news, apparently according to shinji, “All shows are English subtitled and available to everyone in the US (including its terrorities), Canada, and Mexico, in LQ, HQ, and H264 qualities. (Sorry, we’re working on getting it for other regions — this regional restriction stuff sucks, I know :()”

I hope they do something about the regional stuff so we can watch too! 😀

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