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A bowl of jjolmyeon
TypeKorean noodles
Place of originKorea
Region or stateIncheon
Main ingredientsNoodles (wheat flour, starch), sauce (gochujang, vinegar, sugar (optional), garlic), vegetables
Revised Romanizationjjol myeon
McCune–Reischauertchol myŏn

Jjolmyeon is either a type of Korean noodle with a very chewy texture made from wheat flour and starch, or a cold and spicy dish made with the noodles and vegetables.[1] Jjolmyeon can add a lot of vegetables such as cabbage and bean sprouts. The spicy and hot sauce is a combination of gochujang (chili pepper paste), vinegar, sugar, and minced garlic. It is also a type of bibim guksu (mixed noodles).


The first syllable of the name comes from the adverb jjolgit-jjolgit (쫄깃쫄깃) in Korean, which means "chewy", while myeon is a hanja word meaning "noodles". Thus, the name literally means "chewy noodles".[2]


Jjolmyeon is one of the most popular noodle dishes in South Korea, especially among young people at bunsikjeom (Korean snack restaurants).[3] It is a representative dish of Incheon, where jjolmyeon originated in the early 1970s by a mistake made while making naengmyeon. Noodles larger than regular naengmyeon noodles were made at a factory and instead of being thrown out, were given away to a nearby bunsikjeom. The owner mixed the noodles with gochujang sauce and jjolmyeon was born.[4][5]

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  1. ^ "Jjolmyeon". Doosan Encyclopedia (in Korean).
  2. ^ "Jjolmyeon". Seoul News (in Korean). 2006-05-12.
  3. ^ "Noodles". Life in Korea.
  4. ^ "Incheon World Festival". Donga Ilbo (in Korean). 2009-04-06.
  5. ^ "Jjolmyeon". Hankyung News (in Korean). 2008-09-09.

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