Jajangmyeon (Black bean sauce noodles)

Seoul Travel Guides / November 04, 2016
Jajangmyeon (Black bean sauce noodles) Image credit: egg (Hong, Yun Seon)/Flickr

In Seoul, “Black Day” is a day when all the single people wear black clothes and eat black foods such as this dish of black bean sauce noodles. While it seems like a gloomy occasion, gloom is the last thing Jajangmyeon would make you feel once you get to try it.

This ubiquitous dish in Seoul is made of classic hand-pulled noodles, salty black soybean paste (called jajang when heated and chunjang when unheated), diced pork and sometimes seafood, and vegetables. It’s chewy, rich and thick, flavorful and saucy, that it is Asia’s counterpart to Italy’s spaghetti.

It’s a big part of Korean food culture that was served on special occasions only but now, people can enjoy this noodle dish all year round in almost all Chinese-Korean restaurants.

Here’s where you can get the best Jajangmyeon in Seoul.

  • SINSEONGGAK | Mapo-gu
    For enjoying traditionally made Jajangmyeon in a lovely place with an old school vibe
    What to order: Jajangmyeon, Jjampong, Japchae, Tangsuyuk
    Price: Approximately 10,000 won ($8.73)
    When: 11:00 - 19:30, daily except Sundays
    Where: 04190 55-1, Imjeong-ru, Mapo-gu, Seoul
  • GAEHWA | Jung-gu
    For plenty of excellent and affordable food in one dining place
    What to order: Jajangmyeon, Fried shrimp balls, Fried dumplings, Palbochae
    Price range: 5,000 to 35,000 won ($4.37 to $30.57)
    When: 11:00 - 21:30, daily but closed on 2nd and 4th Sundays
    Where: 52-5 Namdaemun-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
  • DAEHANGAK | Yongsan-gu
    For Jajangmyeon and authentic, world-class Chinese cuisine that the restaurant specializes in
    What to order: Jajangmyeon, Sweet and sour pork, Dongbei, Fried dumplings
    Price range: 10,000 to 50,000 won ($8 73 to $43.67)
    When: 11:30 - 15:00, 17:00 - 22:00, daily
    Where: 140-200, 21 Hoksapyeong-daero, 26-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
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