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Korean Stir Fried Korean Noodles (Chapchae) Recipe

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Chapchae
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Chapchae (or japchae) is one of the most popular noodle dishes in Korea, and also seems to be the one that Westerners like best. The foundation of the dish is the mixture of the noodles, soy sauce, garlic, and sesame oil. Because mung bean or sweet potato noodles both absorb tons of flavor, you can mix and match the vegetables or meat to your liking. I used broccoli, red peppers, shiitake mushrooms, bulgogi, and onion in the version pictured here, and that flavor and color combination is one of my favorites. But I have included the more traditional ingredients below.

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz mung bean or sweet potato noodles (might be called cellophane or glass noodles or Chinese vermicelli)
  • 1 sweet onion, sliced into thin strips
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 pound baby spinach, parboiled
  • 2 carrots, julienned
  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped Napa cabbage
  • 5 shiitake mushrooms, rehydrated if dried and then sliced
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable or olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 3 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Salt to taste
  • Sesame seeds (optional)
  • 6 oz. beef or pork (optional)*

Preparation:

  1. Cook noodles according to package directions.
     
  2. In a large pan or wok over medium heat, heat vegetable (or olive) oil and 1 Tbsp sesame oil.
     
  3. Add onion slices and garlic and sauté for about 1 minute.
     
  4. Add rest of vegetables and cook for 4-5 minutes, until the vegetables are half-cooked and still a bit crispy.
     
  5. Turn heat to low and add cooked noodles, meat (if using), soy sauce, sugar, and the remaining sesame oil.
     
  6. Mix to combine and cook for another 2 minutes.
     
  7. Add salt or more soy sauce if needed.
     
  8. If using sesame seeds, add them at finish.

(Serves 4)

* Thinly sliced brisket works well in this dish and Korean barbecued beef (bulgogi) is used often. In a pinch, chunks of rotisserie chicken, strips of egg, or fried tofu pieces are good protein additions.
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 5 out of 5
chapchae-scallops, Member barbara.irma

I made this -and It was wonderful- Iadded oyster sauce and baby scallops to recipe- easy and deliteful

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