Hannah and Je together

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Memory of Chajang-myoun

There is a famous and popular Koreanised Chinese dish named Jajangmyeon which is thick noodle with black paste. I bet all Koreansknow it. When I was young, it was one of the very expensive food which we can afford only on special occasions.

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Jajangmyeon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My earliest memory goes back to my youngest sister’s graduation from elementary school. My father allowed my sister to eat it. So my sister and I went to a Chinese Restaurant on the way to school. It was 25 cents for one bowl, and 30 cents for bigger size bowl.

Not only to our family, but to any average families in Korea, this noodle was expensive and special food. So when you move, your friends and neighbours help. Then you have to treat them with good foods. So the movers bought and treated the helpers with Jajangmyeon. And now these days, it is not expensive food but still that custom is alive.

자장면 또는 짜장면이 예전에는 꽤 비싼 음식이어서 우리 집은 내가 어릴 때에 늘 먹을 수 있는 게 아니라 특별한 날에만 먹을 수 있는 음식이었다.

자장면에 대한 가장 이른 기억은 막내 누나가 국민학교를 졸업할 때에 아버지가 자장면을 사먹도록 허락해준 것이다. 누나와 함께 학교 가는 길 중간에 있던 중국집에 가서 자장면을 먹었는데 그때 가격으로 250원이었고, 곱배기는 300원이었다.

우리 집만이 아니라 일반적인 가정들에도 자장면은 비싸고 특별한 음식이었다. 그래서 만일 이사를 할때는, 친구들이 도와주는데, 도움 주는 사람들에게 특별한 무언가를 대접해야 하기 때문에 자장면을 사줘서 대접을 했었다. 요즘은 자장면이 비싼 음식이 아니지만 그러한 관습이 그대로 남아 있다.

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