Sauce on noodles? Yes. But at least it's not cream sauce on pasta. I'm going to run through my trials and tribulations with jjajangmyeon.
First off, here's the general recipe I followed: JJajangmyeon @ Maangchi
Two things inspired me to give this a try -
1. it looked good on a tv show and the people genuinely seemed to be enjoying it.
2. I had a lot of cooking supplies that I just needed to get rid of
+ My first go, I used ground chicken and I had carrot, but no potatoes. I also use corn starch instead of potato starch. It was pretty good.
+ Next go - I used small chunks of pork. It was ok but the sauce didn't keep too well and the pork started tasting odd after a day.
+ I resorted to ground pork as it was cheap and fatty enough to give some good flavor. I also used potatoes instead of carrots. This was okay. I prefer carrots to the potatoes because of the added sweetness to the sauce
+ At one point for extra vegetable count, I used potatoes and carrots. It didn't taste that great.
+ Another time I poured out the pork fat and that was a mistake as the flavor was not as good.
+ The potato starch makes a difference over corn starch.
Compared to the above recipe, the main differences are - I use carrots instead of potatoes and ground pork over pork belly without pouring out the fat and it's quite good.