May 26+1, 2017
Jajangmyeon is one of the dishes that we can never make exactly like in the restaurants, such as those French Fries from street vendors in Belgium. This noodle dish needs special skills and tools, like perfect handling of oli-soaked wok on a strong fire.
And maybe that’s why I have more sentimental values about it because I can never make it right myself and miss this food whenever I get nostalgic.
Jajangmyeon is the most loved comfort food from most Koreans who were born in 70’s and 80’s (not sure about kids from 90’s and after 2000, as they had more options to eat with their relatively wealthier family background).
One of the singer band in Korea even made a song about it – Dear Mother by GOD. It’s a story about a guy’s memory of childhood with his poor single mother who always told him that she didn’t like Jajangmyeon because she didn’t have enough money to pay for two but she wanted him to enjoy it sometimes. It’s a touching song for most Koreans from ordinary family.
Jajangmyeon is on the top of my food list that I make whenever I go to Korea.