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I really like Korean food. Unfortunately, the LAM doesn't, so I rarely get to eat at a Korean restaurant.
Which is okay with me because I can always cook Korean food when the craving for it hits me!
Which turned out to be a good thing because I wanted to cook a full Korean meal for dinner and I simply could not serve dinner without vegetables!
I started by soaking the noodles in boiling water for about 8-10 minutes.
*beef (see below)
I added more soy sauce, as well as sugar, sesame oil and black pepper (loads) to the dish and mixed!
Sprinkle sesame seeds and serve the dish hot or cold!
And so easy to make at home too.
And it is really cheap to cook!
Japchae | Korean Stir-Fried Noodles with Vegetables (Serves 4)
Adapted from Maangchi
1/2 pack (250g) sweet potato noodles (dangmyun)
150 grams of beef, thinly sliced
1 bunch of spinach - I used cai xin
1 medium size carrot, thinly sliced
1 medium size onion, thinly sliced
mushrooms (5 dried shitake and 1 package of white mushrooms - I used dried and fresh shitake mushroom)
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 bunch spring onion, cut into 5cm lengths
soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar, pepper, and sesame seeds, to taste
Boil 2 bunches of noodles in boiling water in a big pot for about 3 minutes. When the noodles are soft, drain them and put in a large bowl.
Cut the noodles several times by using scissors and add 1 tbs of soy sauce and 1 tbs of sesame oil. Mix it up and set aside. (*tip: Take one sample and taste it to see whether or not it’s cooked properly. If it feels soft, it’s finished.)
In the boiling water, add a bunch of spinach and stir it gently for 1 minute. Then take it out and rinse it in cold water 3 times. Remove any grit or dead leaves thoroughly while rinsing. Squeeze it gently to get the water out, then cut it into 5 cm pieces.
Add ½ tbs soy sauce and ½ tbs sesame oil and mix it and place it onto the large bowl. (*tip: When you drain the hot water from the pot, don’t discard the hot water. Put it back into the pot so you can cook your spinach quickly.)
On a heated pan, put a few drops of olive oil and your carrot strips and stir it with a spatula for 30 seconds. Put it into the large bowl (don’t burn it!).
Place a few drops of olive oil on the pan and add your sliced onion. Stir it until the onion looks translucent. Put it into the large bowl with your carrots.
Place a few drops of olive oil on the pan and add the sliced white mushrooms. Stir it for a bit and then put it in the large bowl.
Place a few drops of olive oil on the pan and add your green onions. Stir for 1 minute and put it into the large bowl.
Place a few drops of olive oil on the pan and add your beef strips and your sliced shitake mushrooms. Stir it until it’s cooked well, then add 3 cloves of minced garlic, ½ tbs soy sauce and ½ tbs sugar. Stir for another 30 seconds and then put it into the large bowl.
Add 2 tbs of soy sauce, 3 tbs of sugar, 2 tbs of sesame oil, and 1 ts of ground pepper to the large bowl. Mix all ingredients, then sprinkle 1 tbs of toasted sesame seeds on the top.
Serve with rice and Kimchi, or as a side dish.