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Japchae (Chap Chae)

Japchae (Chap Chae)
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Japchae (also spelled as chap chae) is the first Korean dish I tried. Believe it or not, before I came to the United States, I had never had Korean food. Growing up in Malaysia with all its glorious local cuisines and family’s home cooking, I seldom tried other cuisines…plus there weren’t many international restaurants back then.

I first had Japchae when I lived in San Francisco. I fell in love with the springy and slightly chewy texture of the japchae noodle, which is made from sweet potato. Korean food was new to me, the taste—especially the dishes with lots of heat—reminded me of Malaysian cuisine, but it’s completely different and interesting…

Korean cooking is currently high on my priority list. Even though I enjoy Korean food tremendously, I am a novice but I have been cooking a lot of Korean dishes lately. Please stay tuned as I am going to expand the Korean Recipes category with kimchi fried rice, Korean pancakes, bulgogi, and more. Anyway, here is my japchae (chap chae) recipe, which is easy and takes only 30 minutes to prepare. Enjoy!

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  1. Kevin

    I love Korean food so happy to see this japchae recipe. I don’t think I can find this noodles where I am. What else can I use.

  2. Sooyoung

    I’m Korean and I must say that your japchae looks as good as the ones that we Koreans make. Good job Bee. Love your blog and your love for Asian food. :)

  3. yay for jap chae!! i love this dish but it can be quite pricey at the korean restaurants here, so i can’t wait to try your recipe! :)

  4. sawhster

    OMG! I am so excited – this is def. one of my favorites Korean dishes. I would love to see more banchan recipes as well ;)

  5. Bee
    Your japchae looks beautiful. I like how you made it in simple way. I think it will be perfect for those who wants a quick and easy method of making japchae. If I can comment one thing; Add ground black pepper at the end. Black pepper is one of the key seasoning along with soy sauce, sugar and sesame oil. Look forward to seeing more of your Korean creation. Have a fun!

  6. sawhster

    Tried this today – it was pretty good. I little bit on the sweeter side, but adding a squeeze of lemon right before serving makes it perfect. Thanks for posting this!

  7. Aneesa

    May I know, what brand and type of soy sauce that you use?? I’m trying the Japchae recipe but couldn’t get the right taste for the soy sauce.

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