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.