Jjampong 짬뽕. This is the much loved Korean spicy seafood noodle soup. As I continue to indulge in Korean drama on Netflix, my love for Korean food (as I watched the characters eat all the yummy delicious food) grows. Jjampong was the favourite of the characters in, “It’s okay not to be okay”. If you haven’t seen this, I would strongly recommend it. As much as I love meat, seafood is a strong favourite.
Ingredients (serves 4)
- Mussels 250g
- King prawns 200g
- Langoustine x 8
- Smoked Lardons 200g
- Udon noodles 750g
- Garlic cloves x 2 (finely chopped)
- Onion x 2 (sliced)
- Ginger 2 x 3cm (chopped)
- Spring onion x 3 (chopped)
- Gochugaru x 1 tsp
- Gochujang x 2 tbsp
- Miso paste x 2 tbsp
- Shiitake mushrooms x 8 (sliced)
- Carrots x 4 (cut into sticks)
- Fish stock (1 litre)
- Soy sauce x 2 tbsp
- Sesame oil x 1 tbsp
- Mirin x 2 tbsp
- Rice wine x 3 tbsp
- Fish sauce x 1 tbsp
- Spring onions
- Salt and pepper to taste
First, prepare the noodle soup base. You can make your own fish stock using shells, fish bones, onion, vegetables etc. Brown the lardons, garlic, onion and ginger in a pan.
Add the Gochujang, Gochugaru and Miso paste followed by sliced mushrooms and spring onions. Mix well and cook for a few minutes. Now, add the fish stock. Bring to a boil and add mirin, fish sauce, rice wine and soy sauce. Simmer for at least 20 minutes.
Clean the seafood in the mean time. Wash the mussels under the tap. Discard any open ones. Scrub the mussels clean and pull of the hairy beard (if any). In a large pot of boiling water, cook the mussels for 3-4 minutes. Discard any that’s not open.
In another pan of boiling water (1 litre) with 1 tbsp salt, cook the langoustine for 3-4 minutes. Don’t overcook!
Add the king prawns to the soup base and cook for 4-5 minutes. Now add the other seafood and carrots, then simmer for a few minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Cook the udon noodles for 2-3 minutes as necessary. Add spinach to the soup base just before serving up.
Now, time to assemble your Jjampong. Dish up the noodles first, add the seafood and soup base. Let’s eat 잘 먹겠습니다 (jal meokkessumnida).