Jap Chae

A must-order dish whenever I visit a Korean restaurant, Jap Chae is a delicious savoury dish with glass noodles and a rainbow abundance of delicious veggies. Sometimes it is topped with beef to flesh out the dish, but it can easily be enjoyed with or without! This dish originates from the royal palace in the Joseon era and was a favourite of Gwanghaegun, the 15th King, and so it is also sometimes called “Palace Noodles”! It takes a bit of time to make but is perfect for bulk cooking for parties or even for meal prep, which is what we usually do! Delicious and bouncy sweet potato noodles and gorgeous fresh vegetables make this a great dish for those who want to get in their five a day! It is a staple in our household and I hope this is something you will enjoy making and eating time and time again!

Cooking time: 30 – 45 minutes (depending on how quick you chop your veg!)
Serves 2-4 portions

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 pack of Korean Sweet Potato Noodle (Dangmyeon)
  • 1 piece of Beef or Steak (any will do! We usually use a cheaper cut. If you are veggie, you can skip this ingredient and substitute with more mushrooms!)
  • 1 pack of Mushrooms (slice 6-8 mushrooms into small slices
  • 1 bag of Spinach
  • 1 large Carrot (chop into matchsticks)
  • 1 large White Onion (chop into slices)
  • 1 Bell Pepper (chop into thin slices – I usually use green or red for the colour)
  • 3 stalks of Spring Onion (chopped into 2 inch long pieces)
  • 4 cloves of Garlic (diced into small pieces)
  • Light Soy Sauce
  • Sesame Oil
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Salt + Pepper
  • Brown Sugar

METHOD:

  1. Slice your beef and mushroom into thin slices. Place half of your sliced mushroom into a bowl with your beef and save the other half to put into another bowl for later. Add in your diced garlic to your beef and mushroom bowl and marinade with 2 teaspoons of light soy and 1 teaspoon of sesame oil.
  2. Next, bring a pot of water to boil and place your sweet potato noodles. Set a timer for 8 minutes. Once cooked,
    strain in a colander and place in a large mixing bowl. This will be the bowl that you use to assemble all your ingredients. Some people like to cut their noodles so they are shorter, but I just eat it as is usually becasue i’m too lazy to do that haha! Pour 1 teaspoon of light soy and 1 teaspoon of sesame oil to coat your noodles while you prep the rest of your veg and meat.
  3. Now lets do the veg! Blanch your spinach in a shallow frying pan with hot water for 30 seconds to a minute until soft, drain in your colander and then run under cold water. Use your hands or a cheese cloth to squeeze all the water out. Place in your mixing bowl and top with sesame oil, salt and sesame seeds.
  4. Next we do the carrots, once they are chopped into thin matchsticks (this usually takes me the longest!!), using the same pan, pour in a small glug of cooking oil and once hot toss in your carrots. Crack a bit of salt and cook for 2 minutes or until soft. Take off heat and add to your mixing bowl. Repeat the same process next with your bell pepper.
  5. Now you chop up your spring onion into two inch pieces, your whole white onion into slices and toss into your hot oiled pan with the remaining mushrooms you have put aside. Season with salt and pepper and cook until onions are translucent and mushrooms are soft. Add to your mixing bowl.
  6. Finally, we place your beef on the same pan with a small glug of oil. Cook your beef how you like and then toss into your mixing bowl. If you are veggie or prefer to eat this dish without the beef, just marinate your mushrooms with your garlic the same way without beef! It will still taste the same.
  7. For the final step, add extra raw diced garlic if you wish (we usually skip this step as I can’t take too much garlic!) and season your japchae bowl with the following. 1 tablespoon sesame oil, 4 tablespoons light soy, 3 tablespoons brown sugar and season with salt and pepper. Garnish with sesame seeds and give it a nice mix! Your Japchae is finished! Serve hot or even eat cold in a lunchbox later. To reheat for future meals, just pop in the microwave for 2-4 minutes depending if you have beef in it! ENJOY!!!

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