Jjamppong (Spicy Seafood Noodle Soup)

Jjamppong is a popular Korean-Chinese noodle soup, loaded with pork, seafood, and vegetables. The combination of all the natural ingredients creates a hearty bowl of soup that is packed with robust flavors. The spiciness will surely clear your sinuses!Korean-Chinese spicy seafood noodle soup

As the weather started to cool around here, I decided to update my jjamppong (짬뽕) recipe that was originally posted in April 2011. Jjamppong (also spelled jjambbong) is a spicy noodle soup, and it’s one of the two most popular Korean-Chinese dishes alongside jajangmyeon (짜장면, noodles in a black bean sauce). Often times, Koreans have a hard time choosing between the two when eating out.

Korean-Chinese cuisine was developed by early Chinese immigrants in Korea, and has become a huge part of Korean food culture. In Japan, a Chinese restaurant created Champon, a noodle dish loaded with pork, seafood and vegetables in a rich broth. Jjamppong is a similar dish but with a lot of red spiciness!

Korean Spicy Seafood noodle soup

You don’t need to go to a Korean-Chinese restaurant to enjoy jajangmyeon and jjamppong. My jjajangmyeon recipe has been a reader’s favorite. Here, you’ll also find it surprisingly easy to make jjamppong at home with easy-to-find ingredients.

Jjamppong noodles

Both jajangmyeon and jjamppong use the same type of wheat noodles. Good restaurants use hand-pulled noodles, which are nicely chewy. For home cooking, you can find ready-made fresh noodles in the refrigerator section of Korean markets, or use dried noodles. These noodles are generally labeled for udon and jajangmyeon (우동 짜장면) or jungwhamyeon (중화면). Udon noodles for Korean-Chinese cooking are not the same as Japanese udon noodles, which are thicker and softer.

If you can’t find any of these, simply use spaghetti or linguine noodles.

Korean jajangmyeon and jjamppong noodles

How do you make a jjamppong soup?

The soup base is typically made with chicken stock for a rich flavor, but you can also use anchovy broth for a lighter taste. I often make it simply with water, and it still tastes delicious.

The combination of pork, seafood, various vegetables, stir-fried in gochugaru infused oil, creates a hearty bowl of soup with robust flavors. 

Jjamppong - spicy, hearty seafood noodle soup 

For the meat, pork is classic, but use beef if you prefer. Of course, you can omit the meat if you want.  

The types of seafood used in this recipe are what you’ll find in jjamppong at Korean-Chinese restaurants: clams, mussels, shrimp, squid and sometimes oysters. Sometimes oysters are also added. But, it’s versatile! Use what you like or have.

There are many options for vegetables! I used green cabbage, carrot, zucchini, mushrooms, onions, and scallions. Napa cabbage or bok choy will be a good substitute for green cabbage. Bamboo shoots and baby corns are great additions as well. You’ll only need a little bit of each vegetable for this recipe.

As always, the level of spiciness can be adjusted to your taste. You can increase or decrease the amount of gochugaru, or even add dried red chili peppers to increase the heat level.

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Korean-Chinese Spicy Noodle Soup

Korean-Chinese Spicy Noodle Soup
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Jjamppong (spicy seafood noodle soup)

Jjamppong is a popular Korean-Chinese noodle soup! It's loaded with pork, seafood and vegetables! The combination of all the natural ingredients creates a hearty bowl of soup that is packed with robust flavors. The spiciness will surely clear your sinuses!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Servings: 2
Author: Hyosun

Ingredients

For the vegetables:

  • 1/4 onion thinly sliced
  • 1/2 small carrot about 2 ounces, thinly sliced into 2-inch lengths
  • 1/2 zucchini about 3 ounces, thinly sliced into 2-inch lengths
  • 3 ounces green cabbage cut into 2-inch lengths (or napa cabbage or bok choy)
  • 2 to 3 fresh shiitake mushrooms or 2 shiitake mushrooms, soaked and thinly sliced
  • 2 scallions cut into 2 inch lengths

For the meat and seafood

  • 3 ounces fatty pork thinly sliced
  • 4 to 6 littleneck clams
  • 4 to 6 mussels
  • 4 to 6 shrimps
  • 3 ounces squid cut into bite sizes (Do not cut squids too small as they shrink a lot when cooked.)

Other ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon julienned or minced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Korean chili pepper flakes gochugaru (adjust to your liking)
  • 1 tablespoon oil vegetable or canola
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • salt and pepper
  • 5 cups chicken stock or anchovy broth or water
  • 2 servings 12 – 14 ounces fresh jajangmyeon/udon noodles

Instructions

  • Have a pot of water ready to cook the noodles. (Turn the heat on when you start cooking the soup ingredients. This way you can time it so that the noodles are cooked at the same time the soup is ready.) While making the soup, cook the noodles according to the package instructions and drain.
  • Prepare the vegetables.
    Vegetables for jjamppong (Korean spicy seafood noodle soup)
  • Prepare the pork and seafood.
    Pork and seafood for jjamppong (Korean spicy seafood noodle soup)
  • Heat a wok or a large pot over high heat. Add the oil, ginger, scallion, gochugaru and soy sauce and stir-fry for a minute.
    Aromatics for jjamppong soup
  • Add the pork and stir-fry until the pork is almost cooked, about 2 minutes.
    Pork stir-fried in gochugaru infused oil
  • Stir in the onion, carrot, cabbage, zucchini and optional mushrooms. Lightly salt, and cook until the vegetables are slightly softened, about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    Korean-Chinese spicy noodle soup
  • Pour in the chicken stock (or anchovy broth/water) and boil until the vegetables are completely cooked.
    Korean-Chinese spicy noodle soup
  • Add the seafood starting with the clams, which require more time to cook, followed by the mussels, shrimps and squid. Bring everything to a boil again and cook until the shells have opened. Salt and pepper to taste.
    Korean-Chinese spicy noodle soup
  • Cook the noodles, rinse in cold water, and drain.
    Noodles for jjamppong
  • Place a serving of the noodles in a large soup bowl and ladle the soup on top. Serve immediately while piping hot.
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  1. I cheated. The Asian market had a kit in the refrigerator section consisting of two packets each of noodles, sauce and an herb and spice pack. I used it all. I stir fried pork belly, carrot Li Sun (Taiwanese green cabbage) and rehydrated shitakis. I found a tray of cooked tiny squid, mussels, shrimp and fake crab on the shelf. I used the mushroom water for most of what was called for. It came out delicious. The left overs soaked up the liquid so I added chicken stock. Great again. My problem is I can rarely find those packets, even in H Mart. I have not tried the dry packets, thst look like jjamppong ramen, but they don’t appeal I will probsbly have to break down and start from scratch.

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve been looking for an easy spicy seafood udon soup recipe after having it at a Korean restaurant and I can’t thank you enough for sharing this recipe!!

    I just finished making it and it is absolutely delicious. I also added in 1-2 table spoons of rice wine vinegar and it gave it a little kick which I loved! THANK YOU!! I’m going to be making this so many more times now πŸ™‚

  3. Thanks for an accessible sounding recipe to one of my favorite foods! Fresh seafood isn’t always the easiest to find here in the Midwest and I’ve seen frozen mixed seafood bags in the local Korean grocery. Have you ever tried that or would you not recommend?

  4. I made this for my family and they loved it! I was quite surprised how easy it was to make it! I didn’t have fresh noodle but used spaghetti and another time I used japchae noodles. My husband really enjoyed it! Thank you so much for the recipe!!!!

  5. Ginger and Scotch says

    Two of my favorite ingredients in one bowl. Seafood + Udon = love. Hoping to try this out if I can remember to buy the shellfish. Thank you.

  6. Hi Hyosun! I would love to try to make this dish for my sister, but she doesnt eat spicy foods. Can we make this dish without gochugaru?

  7. DELICIOUS

  8. najira roslan says

    Or can i replace gochugaru with just normal red chilly flakes? Thanks πŸ™‚

  9. najira roslan says

    hey umm can i change the pork to beef and gochugaru to gochujang?
    I dont hav gochugaru and i cant eat pork

    • The pork to beef is fine, but gochujang is not a good substitute in this recipe. Gochugaru gives the soup clean, spicy flavor, but gochujang will make it thick, sweet and heavy in taste. If you have to use it, use a small amount.

  10. Could you use store bought seafood broth (seafood stock)?

  11. little_fish says

    definitely making it for my bf!!!!!!! he always talks about his mom’s 짬뽕. i will show him!!!!!!

  12. sundaymorningsugar.com says

    This was AMAZING!! I don’t like seafood so I used pork belly and two links of andouille sausage then added a bit less red pepper to compensate for the spice in the sausage. I also added a bunch of extra mushrooms because I love them. I cannot wait to make this again, it was so delicious :)!!

    • Pork belly and andouille sausage sound great! I’m glad that you modified the recipe to your taste and enjoyed it. Thank you for letting me know. Cheers!

  13. Joseph Chai-Whan Kim says

    I like to add some extra kimchi into the soup. Extra spicy please! Thanks for this great recipe!

  14. Ajumma, Kumsamida. This is one Korean Recipe I’ve wanted to learn for ages. My wife is Korean but didn’t have a recipe for jjamppong. I love jjamppong and now my wife will have no excuse NOT to make it for me. If she doesn’t I can make it myself. Our daughter is a great cook and I’ve e-mailed the recipe to her. Her husband is Chinese and he also adores Korean cuisine.

    Being the token white guy in the mix I’ve learned to eat Korean food but I’m not yet there with the level of spiciness that they enjoy. My daughter even took my Italian recipes handed down by my family and spiced them up. Whew!

    I’ll make my own jjamppong and spice it to my level of tolerance. Again Kumsamida

  15. I made this again tonight and it was SOOOOOO GOOD.

  16. OMG! This looks so good and I can taste the spice! Hope to try it and incorporate some of your ideas into my soup recipe too, thanks!
    http://www.cookeatdelicious.com/pasta-recipes/spicy-korean-noodle-soup.html

  17. Hi Ms. Hyosun! I love the “Nong Shim Korean Noodles” but wouldn’t want to eat it often because it’s not as healthy. Can I use this recipe without all the vegetables and seafood and make it taste the same way as the instant one?
    Thanks for your help! I would be looking at all the other recipes you’ve posted later.

    • Hyosun Ro says

      Mowee – Sorry about the late response. I’ll be honest with you. This dish is very different in many ways from instant ramen. It’s not going to be the same even if you omit the vegetables and seafood. But I am sure you will enjoy this dish as is if you make it. Thanks!

  18. I just made this and OMG was it sooooo damn good. I have been to korea several times and miss the food so much i started cooking it myself. I have been cooking for many years and this was one of the simplest dishes i have ever made and sooooo worth it.

  19. Wheres k&b says

    I’ve looked everywhere for a jjambbong recipe. Thank you !

    ratedkb.blogspot.com

  20. 20b5c1bc-60a9-11e1-a017-000bcdcb2996 says

    Just returrned from Raleigh NC , an up and back trip to a funeral . The weather was cold and it made me crave this dish but I had no time to go to my favorite restaurant that served this dish. I this frequented this restaurant weekly in winter for this special dish . I thank you for sharing your recipe ,I no longer have to crave and be disappointed .

  21. Would consider offering cooking classes? I live in the DC Metro Area.

  22. Jisoo – Chicken stock used in Korean-Chinese cooking is much lighter, but you can use American stock for this dish. If you want to make Korean chicken stock, simply boil some chicken with bones, a couple of scallion white parts, a little piece of ginger, and half of an onion. First bring it to a boil and then simmer over lower heat for at least an hour. I have not seen any commercially available Korean stock.

  23. I have a question XD. You put chicken stock to use but is it American chicken stock? or Korean chicken stock. and if its korean, what do you use (what do you do to make it or is there even a korean chicken stock to buy XD?)

  24. muh muh maxwell says

    I used to be allergic to some shellfish but I made and devoured this dish anyway… Incredibly, I had no reaction to the shrimp that would usually make my throat itch like crazy. Ever since then, I haven’t had any problems!

    I’m not saying that this dish will absolutely cure you of all your allergies…. but i’m not not saying it either
    πŸ™‚

  25. Hi Hyosun, your soup looks amazing and I love all of the seafood. Thanks for the background info regarding Korean-Chinese cuisine. I never new it even existed, let alone knew that there were actual Korean-Chinese restaurants! I’m always happy to have stopped by and learned something new. πŸ™‚ Thank you! And Happy Mother’s Day to you!

  26. Spicie Foodie says

    I just love Korean soups! This Korean-Chinese soup is exactly what I need for this crazy frigid spring weather. Thanks for sharing it looks mouthwatering.

  27. Hyosun Ro says

    Esther and Rachel – Please try! My daughter sent me a picture message of jjambbong she made today, saying it was really delicious even without all the seafood ingredients. She said she only had shrimp. Let me know how it turns out for you.

  28. This looks simply amazing! Jjambbong is one of my favorite dishes. There’s a place in NJ that specializes in it, and the key is their fresh, handmade noodles. But I’d love to try to make this at home. πŸ™‚ Thank you for the recipe.

  29. I want to try soon! Looks Yum! πŸ˜€

  30. Thank you, everyone, for stopping by and for the nice comments. Hope you get to try the recipe.

  31. Rebecca from Chow and Chatter says

    wow great soup and great recipes will follow always fun to learn more πŸ™‚

  32. Biren @ Roti n Rice says

    I would love a bowl of this spicy noodles. It looks so delicious and appetizing! I’ll have to get a pack of those noodles when I visit the Korean market the next time.

  33. Spoon and Chopsticks says

    That’s a mouth-watering soup. Love your clear step-by-step instructions.

    http://spoon-and-chopsticks.blogspot.com/

  34. A SPICY PERSPECTIVE says

    Oh, this is right up my alley! I’d love to slurp up every last noodle. πŸ™‚

  35. I love jjambbong as well as jajangmyeon. We have a Korean Chinese restaurant in the area, and we always get one or sometimes both! I’ll make jjambbong soon!

  36. beyondkimchee says

    Looks so delicious! I love Jjamppong. I think it is one of the old time favorite Korean-Chinese dish to any Koreans. Thanks for posting the recipe.

  37. delicious! i’m going to have try this next week!! or maybe i’ll try it for my dad when i’m home this weekend!

  38. Stephanie – Let me know how it turns out for you when you try. Thanks.

    Kay – My family usually order this too when we go out. We have quite a few Korean-Chinese restaurants in the Northern Virginia where we live, but I actually started to make this when we were snowed in one year and loved it. Thanks for stopping by.

    Becky – Thanks for trying the recipe and letting me know how it turned out. Nothing makes me happier about my blog than hearing from my readers that they have tried the recipe and enjoyed the result. Hope to hear from you again.

  39. WOW! I made this today for lunch and it was so good! Awesome recipe πŸ™‚

  40. Kay Heritage says

    Oh this looks fabulous, Hyosun! My mother and I love to order this at a restaurant, especially when we have colds! πŸ˜‰ Never thought to try to make it at home thinking that it would be too hard. Thank you for the recipe!

  41. This looks delicious! I’m hoping to try it once I track down a store that sells good seafood

  42. Thank you, Denise.

  43. denise @ bread expectations says

    I don’t think I’ve ever had any Chinese-Korean food before, but the seafood selection in your recipe is already making my mouth water! Looks gorgeous!

  44. julie {chefjulieyoon} says

    Yum! What an awesome way to do jjambbong at home. Thanks for sharing your recipe and providing inspiration for easy cooking that looks gourmet. I stopped by your site because my friend loves your recipes. Now you are on my google reader!

    julie

  45. Pierre – Thanks for stopping by. Are you planning on visiting her again this year? I remember you went to see her last spring or early summer.

    Roxan, Chris and Min – Thanks for the nice comments.

    Michelle – I am incredibly happy to hear that you have tried many of my recipes and like them. Thank you very much! Jajangmyeon is on my list of things to do, but I will definitely push it up to the top part of my list.

  46. I have tried so many of your recipes and each one is fantastic. Love the spicy pork one especially. My Korean husband is always asking about jajangmyeon and since I don’t know how to make it, I was wondering if you could post a recipe for it. Thanks again for all the great Korean meals we’ve been eat.

  47. Min {Honest Vanilla} says

    Mmmm this just looks just awesome, the spiciness is totally delicious πŸ˜‰ How perfect to have it on a cold day! It’s so sweet that your children are leaving comments on your blog πŸ™‚

  48. Christopher Ro says

    This makes me miss being in nova — looks great, mom.

  49. Oh, I love jjam ppong! I haven’t had any in so long… Now I’m craving some!

  50. Oh my GOD!! Looks sooo yummy! I miss my mum now. πŸ™
    I’ve been craving to eat that white noodle for agesss.

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