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. : )

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89 Comments:

  1. HangukSarang& has 2 comments

    Hi, first I would like to say that I love your website! I’ve been watching your recipe videos at youtube, and learning how to make many yummy korean dishes. Thanks so much for sharing them with those of us who can’t visit korea.

    I was wondering if you knew how to make black bean, and red bean paste? I would like to make them at home so that I don’t have to buy them as often. Thank you!

  2. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 11,658 comments

    Porkhee,

    check out the photo of the noodles.
    https://www.maangchi.com/ingredients/jja-jjang-myun-noodles

    I used the same noodles for the most recent recipe video jjamppong.

    You can photocopy the photo of black bean paste and take it to a Korean store then.

  3. Porkhee& has 1 comment

    hey i have a question.
    what type of noodle do you use to make jja jang myun?
    i been craving them for like years and i want to know what type so i can make them.
    also, when i go into an oriental store, i have trouble finding the black bean paste. can someone help me?

  4. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 11,658 comments
  5. Zaida& has 1 comment

    Hi, I have been trying to find a Korean on line store and have not been able to find one. Do you know of any?
    Thanks.

  6. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 11,658 comments

    Jenny,
    You will get it at a Korean grocery store. It’s usually sold near paste ingredients such as hot pepper paste and soy bean paste.

  7. Jenny& has 2,257 comments

    Hi, I was just wondering, since I don’t have a korean market nearby, I’ll be searching at asian markets. Where do you find your chunjang? Is it in the refrigerated section, or does it not need to be refrigerated, and found in a non-refrigerated section? Thanks :]

  8. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 11,658 comments

    Winny,
    I keep it in the refrigerator once I open it.

  9. Winny& has 2,257 comments

    Hi maangchi
    i just have a question, do you have to keep the paste in the refrigerator? or you can just keep it in room temperature?
    thank you

  10. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 11,658 comments

    aisah,
    black bean paste is made of beans and it’s fermented food. I found this now.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweet_noodle_sauce

  11. aisah& has 1 comment

    Hi,
    I would like to know what are the black bean paste made of cos i can’t consume pork or anythg that is not halal.. so in this case i can only eat thgs that are vegeterian or associated with chicken/seafood.Can u pls help me? thx!

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  12. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 11,658 comments

    Hello Jodi,
    Yes, seal it tightly and put it in the refrigerator. That’s what I’m doing. I can keep it for about 1 month! It’s not going bad because it’s fermented food and very salty.

  13. Jodi& has 4 comments

    Hi Maangchi!

    Once the chun jang is opened does it need to be refrigerated? How long does it keep for?

    Thank you again for all of your great recipes!

  14. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 11,658 comments

    Vanessa,
    It’s nice! Now you can make your favorite Korean food even though you go back to your country. Budae jjigae is not my favorite food, but I will think about including it in my list of upcoming videos.

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