Jajangmyeon & Jjambbong (Hongkong Banjeom)
Jajangmyeon is a popular Korean-Chinese fusion noodle dish. It is made with a thick blackbean paste sauce, diced pork, vegetables and noodles. It is also one of the representative takeout food in Korea. Watch a Korean drama and chances are that you might have seen a scene of the character ordering takeout jajangmyeon. The dish is often served with a side of raw sliced onions and danmuji, or pickled radish.
One of the more popular places to get your fix of jajangmyeon is Hongkong Banjeom. Here, they specialise in 3 main dishes, mainly jajangmyeon(noodles with black bean sauce), jjambbong(noodles with a spicy broth) and tangsuyuk, or fried pork. The black bean sauce is packs a punch with its strong frangrance and taste. You can usually find a generous serving of onions in the sauce, which contributes heavily to the flavour.
- A bowl of jajangmyeon is served.
Another popular Korean-Chinese dish is jjambbong. It is a a spicy noodle soup usually served with seafood. It has its origins from traditional Chinese cuisine, but has since then evolved to suit Koreans’ tastebuds. The common ingredients include mussels, squids, prawns and lean pork. This is the reason why jjambbong usually costs more than jajangmyeon. There is also a variation of this dish in the Japanese port city of Nagasaki!
- Jjambbong and its spicy red broth.
These two noodle dishes are usually enjoyed together with a plate of tangsuyuk, or fried pork slices. As such, most jajangmyeon restaurants usually offer set menus for the noodle dish together with tangsuyuk at a discounted price.
- The crispy fried pork slices.
Hongkong Banjeom is also conveniently located at many places around Seoul. There are franchises located at hotspots such as Myeongdong, Hongdae and Sinchon. Prices are also very competitive, with both noodle dishes coming in at less than 5,000KRW each, and tangsuyuk at 9,500KRW for a plate big enough for at least 2 people.
- The entrance to the outlet at Sinchon.
- Posters on display.
- The outlet at Myeongdong
How to get to the Sinchon outlet:
Take the subway to Sinchon Station on Line 2 and head towards Exit 3. After exiting the station, walk straight for about 100m until you reach a major 4-way intersection, turn right and walk straight for 20m. The store is located on the 2nd floor of Gyeong-o Building on the left.
Address: Seodaemun-gu, Myeongmul-gil 19, Gyeong-o Building 2nd Floor
Subway: Sinchon Station, Line 2, Exit 3
Opening Hours: 1100 ~ 2230
Contact Number: +82 02-549-3864
How to get to the Myeongdong outlet:
Take the subway to Myeongdong Station on Line 4 and head towards Exit 8. Turn left upon exiting the station and walk along the busy shopping street for about 200m and you should see the store on the right.
Address: 32-1 Myeongdong 2-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul
Subway: Myeongdong Station, Line 4, Exit 8
Opening Hours: 1100 ~ 2230
Contact Number: +82 02-778-0410