Japchae is a popular Korean sweet potato noodles and vegetable stir fry. Delicious as is or with a bowl of rice. Only 30 minutes to prepare.
It is interesting how different cultures have similar dishes and sometimes similar names. The Korean Japchae is similar to a Chinese dish known as chap chai in Fujianese (Hokkien) or Chai Choy in Cantonese. When translated, chap chai means mixed vegetables. Both Japchae and chap chai has a mixed of vegetables and clear noodles in them. Though Japchae is often cooked with strips of beef, it can be left out to keep it vegetarian.
Korean Sweet Potato Noodles
I cook Japchae often as it is a relatively quick and easy dish to prepare. One essential ingredient in Japchae is dangmyeon or sweet potato noodles. This is a slightly thicker and darker noodle than the bean threads but has a similar slippery texture. This noodle is available in most Asian grocery stores. The one shown below is made in Korea but I also use the ones made in China which comes in a bag with green labels.
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Stainless 14-Inch Stir-Fry Pan with Helper Handle and Glass Cover
Asian Kitchen Carbon Steel Wok Stir Fry Pan, 12-inch
Classic Series Carbon Steel Wok, 14-inch
Stainless Steel Professional Wok Turner Spatula
- 4 oz dangmyeon / sweet potato noodles (115g)
- 3 tbsp soy sauce
- 3 tbsp sesame oil
- 2 tsp sugar
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- 1 onion (thinly sliced lengthwise)
- 1 small carrot (peeled and julienned)
- 1 small red bell pepper (julienned)
- 8 oz spinach (ends trimmed and thoroughly washed) (225g)
- ¼ tsp ground pepper
- 3 green onions (cut into 2 inch lengths)
- 1 tbsp sesame seeds (toasted)
- Bring a medium pot of water to boil. Add sweet potato noodles. Boil for 5 to 6 minutes. Drain and toss with 1 tablespoon soy sauce and 1 tablespoon sesame oil and set aside.
- In a small bowl, mix remaining 2 tablespoons soy sauce and 2 teaspoon sugar. Set aside.
- In a large pan, heat remaining 2 tablespoon sesame oil. Add garlic and onion and fry until just softened, about 1 to 2 minutes. Add carrots and red bell pepper and stir fry for another two minutes.
- Add spinach, cooked noodles, ground pepper, and soy sauce mixture. Cook for another 2 to 3 minutes.
- Add green onions and toasted sesame seed. Stir to mix well.
- Remove and serve immediately.
Japchae is delicious with a bowl of steamed white rice and some Napa Cabbage Kimchi, Stuffed Oi Kimchi, or Kkakdugi.
Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day! 😎
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