By Tana Kosiyabong
On the recent Black Friday, I had performed a massive lipo-suction on my fat piggy bank so I could get a new Ipod Touch. After the purchased, I wanted to celebrate the new gadget with a cheap, good eat. Given the name of the day, I opted for an appropriate black dish called Jajangmyeon (Jjajangmyun). To be honest, I was a bit concerned with my choice. Up until then, I had never tried it before. The black sauce somehow didn’t look appetizing to me.
However, I remembered reading once that Jajangmyeon derived from Zha Jian Mian, a Chinese dish I wrote about a couple of months ago. Since I like the original, I thought I should give the Korean sibling a try.
So I headed to E-Mo, a food court vendor on the second floor of the downtown H-mart. I’ve been to this food court several times, but I had never dared to try the Jajangmyeon (even with the attractive $4.95 price tag).
Shortly after I ordered the No. 21 Black Bean Sauce Noodles, the cashier called my number. I rushed back to the counter to pick it up. “Gosh, it’s really black,” I mumbled on my way back to the table. After a few minutes of the photo shoot, it’s time to face the fear.
I closed my eyes while I was reluctantly putting the black bean noodles in my mouth. “Yum!” my brain informed me the second it received the signal from my tongue. “Wait, let me try it again. Hmm… Dammit, it was good!” I finally admitted that I was so wrong.
To my surprise, the dull-looking dish was tasty. The Korean black bean sauce was milder and less pungent than the Chinese version. The noodles were chewy and fun to eat. The saltiness of the sauce was just right (after mixing with the noodles). The onions and zucchini cubes were soft and almost melt in my mouth. I could taste the subtle sweetness from them. The small pieces of pork meat were barely enough to satisfy my carnivorous nature although I wish there were a lot more. The black dish made me almost as happy as getting a new ipod touch on the Black Friday. Now that I know how good it is, I’ll definitely eat it again.
E-Mo Jajangmyeon: ©©© 1/2
E-Mo is located at 590 Robson Street, 2nd floor, Vancouver, BC (T) 604.687.2559
Remaining Budget: $51.50
Budget Spent: -$4.95 ($HST not included)
Budget Available: $46.55
Note I: E-Mo menu board also said that you can order the Jajang Bap (black bean sauce on rice) too. While I was there, I saw a customer ordered it with a fried egg on top. It was a very good idea! However, I’m not sure how much the extra egg costs.
Note II: According to Wikipedia, the term “Black Friday” has been used since 1869. However, the earliest know reference to the term to refer to the day after Thanksgiving was published in 1966. The Philadelphia Police Department coined the term to imply the troubles causing by traffic jams and over-crowded sidewalks as a result of shoppers flocking to the downtown stores.
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