What is Korean Chewy Noodles (Jjolmyeon, 쫄면)
Korean chewy noodles (Jjolmyeon) has two meanings.
Firstly, Jjolmyeon describes the chewy noodles as a cooking ingredient. It is made of wheat flour, corn starch, cooking wine and salt etc. and it is an accidental by-product of Naengmyeon (냉면) noodles.
While the discovery may have been accidental, Spicy chewy noodles (also called Jjjolmyeon) are one of the most popular noodles in Korea. These spicy chewy noodles are a mixed assembly of various fresh vegetables (e.g. cucumber, carrots and cabbage), hard boiled eggs, sweet, tangy and spicy sauce and of course, the chewy noodles.
The below Jjolmyeon noodles are what I used in my recent Spicy chewy noodles recipe. It contains 5 serving portions (1kg, 2.2 pounds) and is available for AUD $7.60 (as of June 2015). It didn’t contain any sauce with it but some brands also include the spicy sauce. I found this packet in the freezer section at a Korean grocery store but if you’re in Korea, these noodles can be found in the fridge section.
Also, these Jjolmyeon noodles can be used in Jjolbokki (쫄볶이, Korean spicy rice cakes with chewy noodles). It’s basically similar to Rabokki (Ramen + Tteokbokki) but instead of using ramyeon (라면, Korean instant ramen noodles), it’s using chewy noodles.