JapChae (잡채) is a traditional Korean holiday food. You need special Cellophane Noodles called “Dang Myun” in Korean. The way to cook this food is a little complex but the delicious taste will reward your time and effort for cooking. If you are a vegetarian, you can skip the beef. 😀
Yield: 4 Servings
Short Korean Lesson
- NahmJah (남자) = Male
- YeoJah (여자) = Female
- ⅓ Carrot
- ½ Onion
- ⅓ Sweet Pepper (Optional)
- 2 Eggs (Optional)
- Olive Oil
- Salt & Black Pepper
Cut about 4.6 oz (1 cup) of beef thinly.
In a small bowl, mix the beef, ½ Tbsp of soy sauce, ½ Tbsp of cooking wine, 1 tsp of garlic, 1½ tsp of sugar, and 1 pinch of black pepper. Set it aside for at least 30 minutes.
Soak 3 dried shiitake mushrooms in the water for 3 hours, and then squeeze out the water.
Remove the stems and slice the mushrooms thinly.
In a bowl, mix the mushrooms, 1½ tsp of soy sauce, ½ tsp of sugar, and ¼ tsp of garlic. Set it aside.
Add 3 oz of spinach in boiling water with some salt to keep the color green. Boil for about 30 seconds, and then rinse in cold water.
Squeeze out the water.
Mix the boiled spinach, 1 tsp of soy sauce, and ½ tsp of sugar. Set it aside.
Cut ½ of an onion thinly. Julienne ⅓ of a carrot thinly. Slice ⅓ of a sweet pepper thinly.
In boiling water, add the noodles and boil for 11 minutes. Drain the water.
Fry the carrot for 10 seconds with a little salt.
In a nonstick pan, add 2 Tbsp of olive oil, then add the noodles and stir them. Add 2 Tbsp of soy sauce, ½ Tbsp of sugar. Fry for 2 minutes or until the noodles are evenly colored by the soy sauce.
Cool the noodles. This makes the combination of colors and flavors be good and the noodles will be shiny.
To get better color for this dish: Separate the egg yokes and egg whites, and add 1 pinch of salt for each one. Beat the eggs. Fry and slice them thinly.
Fry the marinated beef until it is completely cooked.
Fry the marinated mushrooms until they are completely cooked.
In a lightly oiled pan, fry the onion for 20 seconds on high with a little bit of salt. Fry the sweet pepper and carrot for 10 seconds with a little salt.
In a large bowl, mix all of the noodles, vegetables, and meat.
Add 1½ Tbsp of soy sauce, 2 Tbsp of sesame oil, 1 Tbsp of sugar, 1 Tbsp of sesame seeds, and ⅛ tsp of black pepper.
Mix all of the ingredients together.
Wow, this looks very pretty and delicious. Enjoy! 🙂