Spicy Noodles with Fried Dumplings [Jjol-myeon]
I’d like to introduce the dish that I really liked when I was in high school.
Many Korean students like this noodle dish called Jjol-myeon so you can easily see restaurants selling Jjol-myeon near middle/high schools.
The noodle is chewy and it has lots of vegetables. The sauce is sweet, spicy and sour so it increases your appetite.
Adding some fried dumplings to the dish adds a beautiful harmony of tastes.
Let’s get started!
Ingredients (serves 2)
- Korean Jjol-myeon noodles 300g
- 6 Flat Dumplings
- 1/3 Carrot
- 1/2 Cucumber
- A handful of lettuces
- Bean sprouts 100g (3.5 oz)
- 1 Steamed egg (for garnish)
For the sauce:
- 3 Tbsp Chili paste (Gochujang)
- 1 Tbsp fine Chili powder
- 2 Tbsp Vinegar
- 2 Tbsp Cooking wine (coke/ sprite)
- 3 Tbsp Starch syrup ( 2-3 Tbsp Sugar)
- 1 Tbsp Sesame seeds
- 2/3 Tbsp Sesame oil
- 1/2 Tbsp minced Garlic
- 1/2 Soy sauce
1. Cut the carrot and cucumber into thin strips.
2. Soak the noodles in water for 15 minutes to easily separate noodles.
3. Mix all the sauce ingredients in a bowl. Keep it in the fridge for 30 minutes to marinate.
4. Rub the noodles between your hands to separate them.
5. Boil water in a pot. Blanch the bean sprouts in the boiling water for 1 min 30 seconds.
6. After 1 min 30 seconds, rinse them under cold running water. Drain water from them.
7. Add 1 tsp of oil to make the noodles not stick together. Boil the noodles for 2 minutes.
8. Rinse the noodles under cold running water while you rub them with your hand to remove excess starch. Drain well.
9. Chill the noodles with some ice cubes in a bowl. It makes the noodles more chewy without becoming soft and loosing its shape.
10. Oil the pan Fry the dumplings on both sides until they get crispy.
11. Time to serve! Place the ingredients in order of the pictures below.
Or you can serve it with the sauce mixed into the noodles, like this:
Hope you enjoy it
- You can make your own Jjolmyeon with your favorite veggies!
- Cut the boiled egg in half and put on the dish. ( Sorry, the egg isn’t shown in my photos)
Quick Korean Words
- Gochujang [고추장] = Chili paste
- Myeon [면] = Noodles
- Mandu [만두] = Dumpling