Japchae (Korean stir-fried noodles)

I have an updated japchae post, if you're interested.

Japchae is a Korean noodle dish made with sweet potato starch noodles (glass noodles) and lots of vegetables, flavored with soy sauce and sesame oil. You can use pretty much any vegetables that work well in a stir fry but I like to choose based on colors to make the dish look pretty.

Ingredients [serves 4]:
1/2 onion
1/2 red bell pepper
1/4 cup baby carrots
4 shitake mushrooms, stems removed
2 cloves of garlic, sliced
1 cup spinach
handful of glass noodles (around a 2" diameter handful)
1/4 lb sirloin tip steak, sliced (optional)
1/2 tablespoon oil
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil

Prepare sauce - mix the soy sauce, sesame oil, and sugar together.

 Chop vegetables into bite-sized pieces. I like to cut everything into strips.
Stir fry the vegetables (except the spinach) and meat in a pan in the oil.
Cook the noodles in boiling water until done.
Drain noodles and add them to the vegetables.
Add in the sauce and toss until everything is evenly distributed.
Add in the spinach just before serving and toss until the leaves are wilted.
Serve as a side dish or over rice.



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