Stir-Fried Noodles & Vegetables
"Korean japchae, sweet potato starch noodles stir fried with vegetables, is a popular and delicious dish that pretty much everyone likes. I never saw someone who tasted it for the first time who didn’t like it right away. That’s a high compliment! This recipe is for a quick and easy version of japchae that takes only 10 minutes to cook but tastes just as good as the traditional way."
- Serving Size: 1 (378.7 g)
- Calories 660.2
- Total Fat - 51.9 g
- Saturated Fat - 14.4 g
- Cholesterol - 394.2 mg
- Sodium - 1169.7 mg
- Total Carbohydrate - 28.7 g
- Dietary Fiber - 4 g
- Sugars - 13.9 g
- Protein - 21.4 g
- Calcium - 132.8 mg
- Iron - 4 mg
- Vitamin C - 26.5 mg
- Thiamin - 0.4 mg
Marinate and cook meat (optional):
Combine your choice of meat, the soy sauce, brown (or white) sugar, and sesame oil in a bowl. Mix well by hand until the sugar is well melted. Cover and let it sit for 5 minutes.
Heat a skillet and cook the marinated meat, stirring with a wooden spoon for about 4 to 5 minutes until cooked thoroughly.
Remove from the heat and set aside.
Make egg garnish (optional):
Whisk the eggs and salt in a bowl, then strain into another bowl so it’s totally smooth. Discard the stringy bits remaining in the strainer.
Heat the vegetable oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and swirl it around to evenly coat the skillet.
Wipe off the excess oil with a paper towel. Turn down the heat to low and add the egg mixture to the skillet. Lift and tilt the skillet around so that the egg spreads into a large circle that covers the bottom of the skillet.
Let it cook for a minute until the bottom of the egg pancake is lightly cooked but not brown.
Flip the egg pancake and remove from the heat. Let it cook by the heat remaining in the skillet for a few minutes. Transfer to a cutting board.
Let the pancake cool for a few minutes, then slice it into thin strips. Cover the strips with plastic wrap to keep them from drying out.
Make seasoning sauce:
Combine the soy sauce, brown (or white) sugar, ground black pepper, and garlic in a bowl and mix well with a spoon until the sugar is dissolved. Cover and set aside.
Put the japchae together in the pot:
Drain the wood ear mushrooms and put them on your cutting board. Cut off the tough stems and discard them. Cut the caps into bite-size pieces and put them into the pot.
Add the king oyster mushrooms, carrot, and onion to the pot.
Add ¼ cup vegetable oil and ¼ cup water to the pot. Mix well everything in the pot with both hands so that all the vegetables and mushrooms are nicely coated with oil. This will not only prevent the ingredients from turning brown from the seasoning sauce, but will also keep them from burning when you cook.
Spread the spinach over top in an even layer.
Drain the noodles and cut them into 5- to 6-inch lengths with scissors. Place them on top of the spinach in the pot.
Drizzle the seasoning sauce on top of the noodles.
Cover and cook for 10 minutes over medium-high heat.
Open the lid and stir and gently toss all the ingredients with a wooden spoon and tongs for 1 to 2 minutes, until all the liquid has evaporated and the noodles are nicely cooked and shiny.
Add the cooked meat (if using), 1 tablespoon sesame oil, and 1 tablespoon sesame seeds. Gently toss the mixture so that all the ingredients are evenly distributed. Transfer to a large platter.
Tips & Variations
No special items needed.