잡채 (Japchae)

Japchae!

We generally love all forms of starch – potatoes, bread, rice, and in this case, noodles. We love noodle dishes from all kinds of cuisines – Italian to Chinese to Korean. This Korean dish is one that is often served at parties and special occasions, but is really nothing complicated or labor-intensive. It is a pretty basic stir-fry served over sweet-potato noodles. The noodles have a fantastic texture, and the combination of the simple seasonings of sesame oil, soy sauce, vinegar, salt and pepper with the lightly stir-fried ingredients makes for a simple, yet satisfying meal.

Ingredients

  • Carrots, cut into small sticks
  • Zucchini, cut into small sticks
  • Green onion, chopped
  • White or yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • Mushrooms, cut in small pieces
  • Thinly-sliced beef, cut into small pieces (optional)
  • Large handful of sweet-potato noodles (당면)
  • Sesame oil
  • Soy sauce
  • Sugar
  • Mirin or rice vinegar

Directions

  1. Put a large pot of water on to boil for the noodles. Once the water is boiling, follow the directions on the package for cooking the noodles, then drain, rinse with cold water, and remove to a large mixing bowl.
  2. Toss the noodles with a small amount of sesame oil and soy sauce, just to coat the noodles and keep them from sticking together.
  3. In a wok or frying pan over medium heat, heat up a small amount of sesame oil until it is quite hot, and stir-fry the onions until soft and/or lightly browned, seasoning lightly with salt. Remove to the mixing bowl.
  4. Add another small amount of sesame oil to the wok or pan, and stir-fry the carrots until they are as soft as you would like, seasoning lightly with salt – we prefer them to still have a little crunch. Remove to the mixing bowl.
  5. Repeat step 3 with the zucchini.
  6. Add another small amount of sesame oil to the wok or pan, and then add the mushrooms and beef and stir-fry until the beef is just cooked through, seasoning lightly with salt. Remove to the mixing bowl.
  7. Mix together about 2 tbsp of sesame oil, 2 tbsp of soy sauce, 1 tbsp of sugar, and 1 tbsp of mirin or rice vinegar (if you use vinegar, maybe add another 1/2 tbsp of sugar), stir until sugar dissolves, and the pour into the mixing bowl.
  8. Toss all the ingredients in the mixing bowl until all the ingredients are well-coated with the sauce, and then plate and serve!
Japchae!
Japchae!
Japchae!