4 (Wed) January 2012
Yetnal Jjajang Myeon
in my office
-Woncheon, Yeongtong, Suwon, Gyeonggi, Republic of Korea-
I couldn’t allow Cycle 2 to come to its conclusion without a final nod to my favorite dish of all time: jjajang myeon.
This is jjajang myeon at its most basic. In light of all the fancy variations nowadays, some restaurants now refer to the basic form as “yetnal,” which literally means “old days” and suggests “old fashioned” or “old school.” It consists simply of the black bean sauce without additional ingredients, such as seafood. Some restaurants add potatoes, which used to be an essential component back in the day.
Unless I have reason to believe that a fancier version might be worth the extra money, I usually go with the yetnal. 4,500 won.
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