Cook Time00hrs 40min
Japchae is a stir-fried dish that combines sweet vermicelli noodles made from the starch of a white sweet potato, thinly slices of beef, and various vegetables. I tis usually prepared with carrots, green onion, spinach, shiitake mushrooms and green peppers. Beef may be added as an option but may be left out to be served as a vegetarian dish. The noodles are gray when raw and turn almost translucent when cooked (thus given its popular nickname, glass noodles). When cooked correctly, they retain a chewy texture.
Japchae is often served at Korean parties and during special occasions as the main dish or as a side dish. It can be added to a bed of rice and mixed together to make japchaebop, bop meaning rice.
Step By Step1
Soak mushrooms in water for 15 minutes. Cut off stems then cut the caps into thin strips.
Cut beef into thin strips and marinate it with the mushrooms in a seasoning of: soy sauce, sugar, minced garlic, sesame seed oil, chopped green onions, and a pinch of ground pepper.3
Cut carrots and onion into thin strips (julienne).
Cook spinach in boiling water for about two minutes. Cool spinach in running water. Squeeze the water out of the spinach. Season the spinach slightly with salt and sesame seed oil.5
Batter and fry the egg in a pan with a pinch of salt. Once cooked and cooled, cut the egg into thin slices.
Did You Know ?
"A shiitake mushroom is an edible fungus native to Asia and grown in forests. Shiitake mushrooms are the second most commonly cultivated edible mushrooms in the world. Extracts from the mushroom, and sometimes the whole dried mushroom, are used in herbal remedies."
"Ask us about the other varieties such as: Gochu japchae (with shredded fresh green chili pepper and vegetables), Buchu (with Korean chives), Kongnamul (with kongnamul - soybean sprouts), Haemul (with seafood and vegetables), Beoseot japchae (with mushrooms)"
Cook the noodles in boiling water for about 2-4 minutes or until soft (You may want to cut the noodles in half before hand if they are too long). Rinse in cold water and drain.7
Start cooking the beef and mushrooms with a bit of oil.
When beef is cooked, add carrot, onion, spinach, and noodles and stir-fry.9
When vegetables are cooked, add the sliced egg and use salt and soy sauce to season the dish to your taste.
Did You Know ?
"The name, Japchae, is made up of two independent Korean/Chinese characters.
Jap means "mixed and stirred." Chae means "vegetables." Hence, japchae literally means "A mixture of vegetables""
"Japchae was introduced in the early 17th century during the Chosun Dynasty in Korea. King Gwanghaegun hosted a big party at his palace, and one of his feudal lords, Yi Chung, created a dish to please the king. The king was very much delighted with the dish that he promoted him as the hojo panseo (equivalent to the Secretary of the Treasury)
Put it all in a dish and sprinkle some sesame seeds for the final touch.11
Can be served hot or cold.
Where is it
Japchae was first made in the early 17th century, when the Joseon Dynasty was reigning in the Korean peninsula. When King Gwanghaegun hosted a big party at his palace, one of his lieges, Yi Chung, created this dish to please the king's palate. The king liked this dish so much that he rewarded his liege by promoting him to the position of hojo panseo (equivalent to the Secretary of the Treasury). "Jap" means to mix and "Che" means vegetables.
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