Black bean paste

Chunjang 춘장

Black, salty, and just a little sweet, this paste is used for making the sauce for jjajangmyeon. It’s dark and made from a mixture of soybeans, flour, and caramel that is fermented.

You can buy it at Korean grocery stores.

After opening, store it in the refrigerator.

black bean paste

black bean paste

This is Haechandeul brand, which is what I usually get unless something else is on sale. : )


Recipes that use black bean paste (chunjang):



  1. roisin999 Wales, United Kingdom joined 8/17
    Posted August 31st, 2017 at 4:07 pm | # |

    Hello Maangchi! I hope you get to see this. I’m a student moving out to live on my own for the first time and absolutely love Korean cooking! I’m just how long you can keep the fermented black bean paste in the refrigerator as you said this is where to store it after it has been opened. Thank you! Adore your videos xxx

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted September 13th, 2017 at 10:01 pm | # |

      You can keep it in the fridge for a long time up to about 6 months. It is very salty and fermented, so it won’t go bad. Only problem is that it will dry out as time passes. If you don’t use it for a while, keep the container in a plastic bag and refrigerate it to prevent it from getting dried.

  2. Lexa922 Germany joined 1/17
    Posted April 17th, 2017 at 3:29 pm | # |

    Hi maangchi. I can only buy 볶음장 in my Asia store. Is there a difference?

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted April 24th, 2017 at 9:25 am | # |

      When you use pre-fried black bean paste (볶음 짜장: bokkeum-jjajang), you don’t need to fry it again.

  3. sajbarku addis ababa joined 1/16
    Posted July 28th, 2016 at 2:57 am | # |

    hi do u have homemade recipe for black bean paste? cause we don’t have Korean shops in our

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