Korean cuisine is the traditional food of Korea and for millions of Koreans overseas. From the complex rituals of the Korean royal court cuisine to the food of the inland cities like Seoul and the port cities of Incheon and Busan, the cuisine is varied, fascinating, and becoming internationally popular. One of the most popular dish in Korea is Cha jang muyn.
Cha jang 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.