Japchae (Korean Noodles)


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Japchae

Japchae is a classic sweet and savory Korean dish everyone loves.  It is made from sweet potato starch noodles stir fried with vegetables and you can add your choice of meat.  I have eaten at some restaurants where Japchae is served on top of rice (yes this sounds a little weird!), but most restaurants serve it as a banchan (Korean side dishes) or as a full dish.  If you are gluten intolerant, this is the dish you should consider.

Ingredients:

1 lbs Beef (flank, sirloin or rib eye)
14 oz – 1 lbs Korean potato starch noodles (Dangmyeon)
2 medium sticks Carrots (julienne)
1 small White onion
1/2 lbs Spinach
7-8 Dried shiitake mushrooms (soaked until soft)
2 Eggs
2 Garlic cloves

Marinade for Beef:

2 Tbsp Light soy sauce
2 Tbsp Brown sugar
1 Tbsp Corn starch

Sauce for Noodles:

6 Tbsp Light soy sauce
5 Tbsp Brown sugar
4 Tbsp Sesame oil
4 tsp Roasted sesame seeds

Directions:

  1. Combine all sauce ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.  (Picture 1)
  2. Soak dried mushrooms in hot water until soft.  Cut the stems off and slice into thin strips.  Season with 1 tablespoon of the sauce above.  (Picture 2)
  3. Peel and julienne carrots.  (Picture 3)
  4. Cut onion into slices. (Picture 4)
  5. Slice beef against the grain (you can cut into slices or strips).  Marinade beef with soy sauce, brown sugar and corn starch.  (Picture 5)
  6. Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil and blanch the spinach until they are just wilted (about 1 minute).  Drain quickly and rinse spinach under cold running water.  Squeeze excess water from spinach and set aside.  (Picture 6)
  7. Cook the noodles in a large pot of boiling water (follow the package directions for cooking time).  Drain and rinse the noodles under cold running water.  Set aside.  (Picture 7)
  8. Heat up 1 Tbsp of oil in a skillet/wok and stir fry onion until it turns brown.  Transfer onion to a plate and side aside.  (Picture 8)
  9. Add 1 Tbsp of oil and one garlic clove to the same skillet/wok and stir fry carrots for about 1 minute, then add in mushrooms.  Add 1 Tbsp of water and cook for 1 minute.  Transfer carrots and mushrooms to a plate and set aside.  (Pictures 9 and 10).
  10. Add 2 tablespoons of oil and one garlic clove to the skillet/wok and stir fry beef until it’s cooked.  Now return onion, carrots and mushrooms to the wok and mix them well with beef (just 1 minute).  Set aside.  (Pictures 11 and 12)
  11. Whisk 2 eggs in a small bowl and cook the eggs in a skillet sprayed with cooking oil in medium heat.  Cut cooked eggs into strips and set aside.  (Picture 13)
  12. Pour sauce into a medium size pot and cook on medium heat until sugar is dissolved and sauce is slightly bubbling.  Add noodles into the pot and toss well until all noodles are coated with the sauce and then add all cooked vegetables and beef, toss well. (Picture 14)
  13. Garnish with egg slices and toasted sesame.  (Picture 15)

japchae collage 2

Japchae dish 2

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