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Japchae  (Chap Chae)


3 people


20 minutes


Japchae or chap chae is a popular Korean noodle dish made with sweet potato noodles. Learn how to make japchae at home in 30 minutes. Easy japchae recipe.


– 8 oz. 226 g sweet potato noodles – 4 oz. 115 g spinach – 1 1/2 tablespoons oil – 2 cloves garlic minced – 1/2 small onion thinly sliced – 3-4 fresh shiitake mushrooms sliced – 1 small carrot cut into thin strips – 1 stalk scallion cut into 1-inch lengths – 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil – salt to taste – 1 teaspoon toasted white sesame Sauce: – 4 tablespoons soy sauce – 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar

Step 1

Cook the sweet potato noodles in a large pot of boiling water for about 5 minutes. Drain the water and rinse the noodles under cold running water. Cut the noodles using a pair of scissors into about 6-inch lengths. Set aside.

Step 2

Heat up a pot of water and bring it to boil. Blanch the spinach until they are wilted, about 1 minute. Drain the water and rinse the spinach under cold running water. Form the spinach into a ball and squeeze it to discard the remaining water. Cut the spinach ball into half.

Step 3

Heat up the oil in a skillet or wok and add the garlic, onion, mushroom, and carrot and cook for about two minutes. Add the scallion and stir-fry for another minute.

Step 4

Turn the heat to low and add the noodles and spinach into the skillet or wok, follow by the sesame oil, the Sauce, and salt to taste. Stir to combine well. Dish out, sprinkle with the sesame seeds, and served at room temperature.

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