Japchae

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.

Happy Cooking!

Ingredients

  • 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

Japchae Sauce

  • 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)

Instructions

  • 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.

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