KOREA: Japchae (Korean Noodles)



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About this Recipe

By: Soon Im Kang and Pyeong Gil Kim (via Literacy Pittsburgh)

This sweet and savory Korean dish features stir fried glass noodles, also known as sweet potato noodles called dangmyeon. 

Soon and Pyeong are students at Literacy Pittsburgh and this recipe was submitted via their cooking program!


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  • 2 ounces sweet potato noodles
    (dangmyeon), also called bean thread
  • 4 dried Chinese mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1⁄2 sweet red pepper, cut into thin
  • 1⁄2 sweet yellow pepper, cut into thin
  • 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
    1 cup carrot, thinly sliced or shredded
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds, toasted
    and ground for garnish

Marinade for noodles:

  • Mix these ingredients in a bowl.
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Korean soy sauce
  • 1-2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

In Korea, japchae literally means “mixed vegatables”.

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Step 1
Soak dried mushrooms in warm water until soft, changing water several times. Then slice thinly. 
Step 2
Boil noodles for 5-6 minutes. Drain and rinse several times with cold water. Then drain thoroughly. 
    Step 3
    Add marinade to noodles and toss. 
      Step 4
      Heat oil in a pan. Add mushrooms, pepper, onions and carrot. Saute briefly until soft. Add to noodles and toss. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. 
      Step 5
      Adjust seasonings for desired taste. 
        Fresh spinach, scallions and grilled meat can also be added to this dish.