Chef Shin is back to teach us how to make yet another delectable Korean dish from K-dramas, Japchae, or glass noodles with sauteed vegetables, as seen in the Korean drama Full House. Follow along with her video to create your own delicious masterpiece!


Glass Noodles with Sautéed Vegetables (잡채 jap chae)

Yield: 2 Main Servings

INGREDIENTS:
4 oz. Glass noodles made with sweet potato starch (당면 dang myeon)
4 Dried shitake mushrooms
2 cups Warm water
2 tablespoons Soy sauce
2 cloves Garlic, peeled and grated
1/2 teaspoon Ginger, peeled and grated
A pinch Freshly ground black pepper

1 teaspoon Neutral-tasting cooking oil (canola oil or sunflower seed oil)
1/2 Onion, medium-sized, peeled and sliced thinly
2 Thin carrots, peeled and julienned
1 Red bell pepper, seeds removed and cut to thin slices
A pinch Salt
1 tablespoon Rice vinegar
1/2 bunch Spinach, stems trimmed and washed
1 tablespoon Toasted sesame oil (dark-colored)
1 teaspoon Toasted sesame seeds for garnish

DIRECTIONS:
1. Soak dried shitake mushrooms in 2 cups of warm water for 30 minutes.

2. Make seasoning marinade by adding soy sauce, garlic and ginger to the shitake mushroom soaked water. Soak glass noodles in the liquid.

3. In the meantime, prepare vegetables.

4. When the mushrooms turn soft, squeeze out water and slice thinly. Put mushroom slices back in the seasoning marinade.

5. Heat up a skillet and drizzle cooking oil. Sauté onion, carrot and bell pepper slices with a sprinkle of salt until translucent. Add the soaked sweet potato noodles and mushroom slices along with 1 1/2 cups of the liquid.

6. Turn up the heat to high and cook the noodle until soft and chewy and reduce liquid. Stir occasionally to cook evenly. When the noodles are soft and there is almost no liquid left, reduce heat to low. If necessary, add the remaining 1/2 cup of the marinade liquid to cook through the noodles.

7. Add spinach and mix carefully. Steam from the dish should be enough to wilt spinach. Add vinegar and mix. Remove from heat.

8. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Right before serving, toss everything in toasted sesame oil. Sprinkle sesame seeds for garnish.


And if you're craving the red bean rice from Heirs, make sure to watch her cooking tutorial for it here.

For great cooking tips from Chef Shin, read her blog http://www.shinshine.com/" target="_blank">here.