Prompted by a report last year in the City Paper, I ventured out to get Ja Jang Myun in Annandale. This is the noodles in black bean sauce concocted by Chinese immigrants in Korea that has become a staple.
This was my second attempt at JJM. The first was a big bowl of wet spaghetti in a tasteless black liquid at a place that has since closed down.
I headed to this former Pizza Hut across from the K-Mart with the name of the restaurant only in Korean followed by "Korean and Chinese Restaurant." Although this was supposed to be a good rendition of JJM, again it completely lacks flavor. It is chock full of onions and looks promising, but so far I see no reason to get it again. How do they make black beans and onions taste like nothing?
My guess is that in Korea, at least the noodles are handmade.