Every time I go to a KBBQ with unlimited side dishes, I always order multiple plates of japchae. I love all kinds of noodles and although there are a lot of components, it’s worth the effort. This specific recipe is vegetarian but of course you can always add sliced beef to this.
- 200 grams dry Korean sweet potato noodles
- 8 dried Shitake mushrooms
- 1 cup carrots, julienned
- 1 small onion, thinly sliced
- 4 green onions – white part cut thinly and the green part cut into batons
- 10 grams dried wood ear mushrooms
- 2 tbs vegetable oil
Marinade for Shitake mushrooms
- 2 tsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp rice wine
- 1 tsp garlic , chopped
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp sesame oil
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 3 tbs dark soy sauce
- 1 tbs sugar
- 1 tbs mirin
- 1 tbs sesame oil
- 1 tbs sesame seeds
- 2 tbs Shitake mushroom liquid water (from soaking mushrooms)
- In a bowl, add the Shitake and wood ear mushrooms with room temperature water until it is softened. Then discard the Shitake stem and slice both mushrooms. Save the soaking water.
- Prepare and julienne carrots, onions and green onions.
- Marinate Shitake mushroom slices with soy sauce, rice wine, garlic, sugar, sesame oil and black pepper.
- For the Japchae sauce, combine dark soy sauce, sugar, mirin, sesame oil, sesame seeds, and 2 tbsp of soaking liquid from mushrooms.
- In a large pot, boil water and cook Japchae noodles as directed. Drain and then using scissor, cut the noodles into smaller pieces.
- In a large pan, heat 2 tbs of vegetable oil on medium high heat.
- Add chopped green onions (white part) and cook for about 30 seconds.
- Add marinated Shitake mushrooms and any extra juices to the pan and stir fry for 30 seconds.
- Then add carrots, onions and wood ear mushrooms and stir-fry.
- Sprinkle some salt and pepper to taste.
- Add glass noodles to the pan and combine.
- Add 2 Tbs Shitake mushroom water and stir-fry
- Mix in Japchae sauce and combine
- Sprinkle the rest of the green onions and top it off with sesame seeds
- Immediately, add green onions to pan and toss. Green onions will get perfectly cooked in the residual heat.
- Sprinkle sesame seeds and another drizzle of sesame oil before serving.