How to make Japchae (잡채), easy Korean noodles with beef and vegetables
Japchae (잡채) is a famous Korean noodle dish. The noodles are made from sweet potato starch. The noodle itself doesn't have much flavor, but the texture is quite unique.
The chewy translucent noodles mixed with beef and a variety of vegetables are quite festive, and you will often find this colorful noodle dish in many festive events in Korea. From young to old, many people enjoy sharing Japchae to celebrate the joyful moments in their lives.
Making Japcahe in authentic way can be quite time consuming since meat and the each vegetable are seasoned and cooked separately before combining with the noodles. Here, I will show you an easier way to make the festive noodles ready in less than 30 minutes.
If you want to see how you can make this dish in a more traditional way, please visit my Japchae post in my blog.
This is the Japcahe noodles called dangmyun (당면). There are many brands to choose from, and I recommend the package with individually wrapped bundles like this one. One bundle is enough amount to make Japchae for 4-6 people.
Cook the noodles in boiling water for 6-7 minutes or according to the package direction.
Drain the noodles and rinse them with cold water to get rid of extra starchiness. Set aside.
First, thinly slice beef into matchsticks and season with soy sauce, sugar, garlic, and pepper. Set aside.
Wash a bunch of spinach and place in a microwave safe bowl and cover with plastic wrap.
Microwave until cooked and soft, about 3-4 minutes. Rinse in cold water....
and squeeze out the moist from the spinach. Set aside.
In a large skillet, saute the sliced onion, carrot sticks, and minced garlic with a pinch of salt until soft. Add mushrooms and continue to cook for another 2 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon of soy sauce, 1 teaspoon sugar and stir well. Remove from the skillet and transfer to a plate. Set aside.
Saute the seasoned beef until browned. Remove the skillet from the heat.
Add the noodles and vegetables, and season with 3 tablespoon of soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of sugar, sesame oil, sesame seeds, black pepper.
Toss with your hand until everything is well combined. Taste and adjust the seasoning according to your preference.
Now your fabulous Jachae is so ready to serve. You will be enjoying the chewy noodles with beef and vegetables all in one bite. Japchae travels very well so it is perfect for potluck parties. Any leftover can be refrigerated and either reheated in the microwave or simply fried in a skillet with a tiny bit of oil the next day.
Hope you try making this festive Korean noodle dish at home with a ease.
Korean Noodles with Beef and Vegetables
- 1 individual bunch Korean sweet potato noodles, aka dangmyun
- 2/3 lb beef sirloin, thinly sliced into matchsticks
- 1 bunch spinach, trimmed and washed
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- pinch salt
- 1 medium onion, sliced
- 1 large carrot, thinly sliced into matchsticks
- 10 oz mushrooms (shitake or crimini mushrooms) sliced
- 3 cloves garlic minced, divided
- 5 tablespoon soy sauce, divided
- 2 tablespoon sugar, divided
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
- 1-1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
- Cook the noodles in a boiling water for 6-7 minutes or according to the package direction. Rinse the noodles in cold water and drain. Set aside.
- Meanwhile, combine beef with 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 teaspoon sugar, 1 clove minced garlic, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a small bowl. Toss well to mix. Set aside.
- In a microwave safe bowl, place the damp spinach and cover with a piece of plastic wrap. Microwave in high power for 3-4 minutes until cooked and tender. Rince them in cold water, then squeeze out the moist from the spinach. Set aside.
- In a large skillet, heat oil and add onion, carrot, and garlic. Saute them until soft, about 3-4 minutes with a pinch of salt. Add the mushroom and continue to saute for another 1 minute. Add 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 2 teaspoon sugar, and cook 1 more minutes. Transfer them into a plate and set aside.
- In the same skillet, saute the beef until browned over medium heat. Remove the skillet from the heat, add the noodles and vegetables to the beef.
- Add the remaining 3 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 tablespoon sugar, sesame oil, sesame seeds, 1 teaspoon pepper. Toss everything with your hand to combine and incorporate each ingredient with the seasoning. Taste and adjust the seasoning according to your preference.
- Serve warm or at room temperature.
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