Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Japchae – Korean noodles | RecipeTin Eats

Japchae – the brilliant, vibrant Korean noodle dish made with an abundance of greens, juicy bits of marinated beef and a sesame-forward dressing. Made with candy potato noodles which have a singular slippery, chewy texture, that is form of a stir fry, form of a noodle salad, and 100% YUM!

Freshly made Japchae - Korean noodles


Japchae is a well-known Korean noodle dish that I describe as form of a stir fry, form of a salad. It’s a cross between the 2 in my thoughts as a result of stir fried greens are tossed with noodles and sauce in a bowl slightly than on the range, and served barely heat.

You begin by mixing the sauce in a large bowl, then pile all of the elements in a single after the opposite – the noodles, a large mound of cooked greens then lastly the seared marinated beef. Then lastly, you give it a giant toss to combine all of it collectively within the bowl. This half is basically satisfying, getting actually caught into it! (Simply be sure to use a actually huge bowl else you’ll be cursing!).

Bowls of Japchae - Korean noodles

Substances in Japchae

Right here’s what you must make Japchae. I’ve damaged it up into:

  1. Noodles and sauce

  2. Beef and marinade

  3. All the colorful veg!

The noodles & sauce

Right here’s what you want for the noodles and sauce:

Japchae - Korean noodles ingredients

Some notes on among the pictured elements:

  • Japchae noodles – The noodles utilized in Japchae are dried candy potato noodles referred to as dangmyeon. They’re comprised of candy potato starch and are nearly clear when cooked. It’s just like the Korean model of glass noodles! The packets proven above are offered at massive grocery shops within the Asian aisle, although you will get them cheaper at Asian shops.

    Substitute with glass noodles (ie the clear vermicelli noodles). And although Korean nationals could have my head for saying this, simply quietly, you may completely make this recipe with any noodles. It would nonetheless be scrumptious!

  • Soy sauce – Both gentle or all function soy sauce. However not darkish soy sauce – flavour is just too sturdy and the color is just too intense! Extra on which soy sauce to make use of when right here.

  • Sesame oil – toasted sesame oil is brown and has extra flavour than untoasted (which is yellow). The default sesame oil offered in Australia is toasted, untoasted is more durable to seek out.

Beef and marinade

We’re utilizing beef quick ribs in immediately’s recipe. Sure, it’s an uncommon possibility for a stir fry – however I feel you’ll be actually impressed. It stunned me!

Japchae - Korean noodles ingredients
  • Beef (decisions!) – Beef quick rib is my favorite lower to make use of in Japchae. Opposite to common perception, it’s not only for gradual cooking! When lower off the bone then thinly sliced, the superbly marbled meat is juicy, tender and flavourful when cooked rapidly on excessive warmth – simply 90 seconds. (If utilizing beef quick ribs complete, nonetheless, they have to be gradual cooked to interrupt down the robust fibres. Attempt this, this, this or this recipe).

    It truly is a lot nicer to have the meat bits additional tender and juicy in a noodle dish that’s not as saucy as your on a regular basis Chinese language Beef Stir Fry. So I actually hope you give beef ribs a go! I actually assume it’s higher than even pricier steaks like scotch / rib-eye.

    Different choices – Scotch fillet/boneless rib eye is finest, as it’s the juiciest. If utilizing different steak cuts like rump, porterhouse/t-bone, sirloin/strip and so forth (particularly if economical), I like to recommend tenderising them earlier than utilizing within the recipe so the meat items are additional tender (instructions in recipe card). Skinny strips of beef are troublesome to maintain juicy as they overcook in a microsecond. As talked about above, you will get away with that in saucy Beef Stir Fries. Not a lot in noodle dishes.

  • Soy sauce – As above!


The greens proven beneath is a reasonably frequent mixture for Japchae, with a beautiful distinction of color, textures and flavour. However you may actually use any stir-fry-able greens you need.

Japchae - Korean noodles ingredients

Only a be aware on a number of of the greens:

  • Shiitake mushrooms – These are Asian mushrooms with a extra intense mushroomy flavour than customary white mushrooms, brown/cremini mushrooms and so forth. Nonetheless, for those who can’t discover them or they’re a bit dear, be happy to make use of bizarre mushrooms. They’re, as you’d anticipate, higher worth in Asian shops.

  • Child spinach – Substitute with chopped English spinach, the leafy a part of Asian greens and even kale. *She geese as Koreans begin throwing rotten tomatoes at her*

How you can make Japchae (semi-traditional method)

Conventional Japchae recipes name for every vegetable to be cooked individually to issue within the totally different cook dinner occasions and protect the flavour of every. Sure, it’s cumbersome (you depend 6 greens above!).

However for those who jumble all of them up into one big stir fry then the flavours do are likely to bleed into one another a bit. So I’ve compromised and cooked the greens in 2 heaps, bundling greens collectively by factoring in cook dinner occasions and flavour “bleeding” to finest replicate the identical outcome the place greens are cooked individually. Bonus: We use much less oil.

I hope my slight short-cut technique doesn’t offend Korean nationals! 😇

Reducing beef quick ribs

As famous above, I actually assume the most effective beef for Japchae is beef quick ribs – juiciest, finest flavour. It’s usually offered on the bone (off the bone is just not frequent right here in Australia), so right here is the way to slice the meat.

In case you are utilizing a boneless steak as an alternative, or boneless beef quick ribs, you then clearly don’t want to chop the meat off the bone!

  1. Beef ribs – Not gonna lie. My step photograph templates use even variety of photographs and I solely had 5. So I caught this in as a filler. “Beef quick ribs. Ta da!”

  2. Trim extra fats – Beef ribs are likely to have fairly a beneficiant layer of fats on them. So slice off the thick layers on the floor. Not all of it although! The fats is what retains it juicy!

  3. Minimize the meat off the bone just by holding the meat rib upright then slicing the knife down towards the bone. It’s simple – the bone is straight and flat.

  4. Minimize in half horizontally to kind 2 skinny steaks so we will lower skinny beef strips.

  5. Minimize strips – Hold the halves stacked. Then lower into skinny 0.5cm/ 1/5″ slices.

  6. Voila! Tasty beef strips. You’re going to love how juicy these are!

Cooking Japchae

Making Japchae - Korean noodles
  1. Marinate beef ~20 minutes – Place the meat with the marinade elements right into a bowl and toss to mix. Then simply put aside when you put together and cook dinner all the pieces else, so it finally ends up marinating for round 20 minutes. It doesn’t must be marinated for lengthy as a result of the meat strips are so skinny, although it wouldn’t damage to go away in a single day.

  2. Combine the sauce elements in a really huge bowl. We’re going to be tossing the entire batch of Japchae on this bowl so I actually imply it after I say make it a giant one!

  3. Cook dinner the Japchae noodles per packet instructions. Mine says 8 minutes in boiling water.

  4. Noodles on sauce – Drain, rinse briefly underneath faucet water, shake off extra water effectively then place within the bowl with the sauce. Don’t combine – simply depart it there.

Making Japchae - Korean noodles
  1. Greens Batch 1 – Cook dinner the onion, mushrooms and white a part of inexperienced onions first, till the mushrooms simply begin to gentle. Then switch into the noodle bowl.

  2. Greens batch 2 – Subsequent, cook dinner the carrot and capsicum/bell pepper first, till they’re simply cooked however nonetheless have a gentle chew to them. ie “tender crisp”. Soggy floppy overcooked greens is unacceptable! 😂 Then add the spinach and the inexperienced a part of the inexperienced onions and toss for a minute simply till the spinach is wilted. Then switch into the noodle bowl.

  3. Cook dinner beef – Lastly, cook dinner the meat! Cook dinner it on excessive warmth simply till you not see pink – with a robust range and good pan it ought to be barely 90 seconds. Hopefully on this time you’ll get a little bit of browning in some patches too. Then add it into the bowl.

  4. Toss! Add the sesame seeds, and now it’s time to toss! You used a large bowl proper, like I mentioned to proper initially?? In the event you didn’t, you’ll begin to cry (or swear) proper about now.

    Toss, toss, toss, till the sauce is evenly distributed. Test by wanting on the color of the noodles – the sauce stains the glassy noodles a brown color.

    Then tumble all of it right into a bowl, end with a sprinkle of sesame seeds and serve!

Picking up Japchae - Korean noodles

YUM. That sauce is all the pieces! I actually like that it’s not as candy because the Japchae sauce you get at some Korean eating places which I discover somewhat too candy.

This can be a huge batch recipe so it’s a wonderful one for taking leftovers to work. It would hold for 3 days within the fridge. Simply flippantly heat it – or serve sizzling if you need. Although actually, it’s additionally superb at room temperature too! – Nagi x

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Freshly made Japchae - Korean noodles

Japchae – Korean Noodles


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Recipe video above. Kind of a stir fry, form of a noodle salad, this huge, vibrant Korean noodle dish is tossed collectively in a bowl slightly than on the range and served barely heat. Made with chewy, slippery candy potato noodles (dangmyeon) which can be found in massive grocery shops, although may be substitute with glass noodles (bean thread noodles) or vermicelli noodles in a pinch.Makes a giant batch – leftovers make for a terrific lunch!


Select beef possibility (Word 1):

Noodles & greens:

  • 250g/ 8oz candy potato noodles (dangmyeon), dried (Word 3)
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil (or different plain oil)
  • 1 tsp cooking/kosher salt , divided
  • 1 onion , peeled, halved, sliced into 6mm/1/4″ wedges
  • 3 inexperienced onion stems , lower into 5cm / 2″ lengths, white & inexperienced components separated
  • 200g/7oz contemporary shiitake mushrooms , stem eliminated, lower into 5mm/1/5″ slices (Word 4)
  • 2 carrots , peeled, lower into 3mm / 1/8″ batons
  • 1 pink capsicum/bell pepper , lower into 0.5cm / 1/5″ slices
  • 4 1/2 cups (tightly packed) child spinach
  • 2 tbsp white sesame seeds


Fast beef marinade:

  • Minimize beef into strips which can be ~ 5mm thick, 1cm vast and about 5cm lengthy (1/5″ x 2/5″ x 2″). If utilizing shortribs, trim extra fats, lower the meat off the bone. Then lower every bit in half lengthwise (to kind 2 “steaks”) then slice into 5mm thick. (See step photographs in submit or video at 0.11s, Word 6)

  • Marinate – Put beef in a bowl. Add marinade elements, then combine. Put aside marinate when you proceed with recipe, ~15 – 20 minutes is all it wants. (Word 5)

Sauce and noodles:

  • Sauce – Combine the Sauce elements in a really massive mixing bowl.

  • Noodles – Cook dinner candy potato noodles per packet instructions (usually 8 min in boiling water). Drain, briefly rinse underneath faucet water then shake off extra water effectively. Add noodles into the bowl with the dressing. DO NOT MIX.


  • Batch 1 – Warmth 2 tablespoons of oil in a big non-stick pan (30cm/12″) over excessive warmth. Cook dinner the brown onion, white a part of inexperienced onion and shiitake mushrooms with 1/2 tsp salt for two 1/2 to three minutes, stirring consistently, simply till beginning to soften however not going golden. Pour on high of the noodles – do not combine but!

  • Batch 2 – Utilizing the identical pan nonetheless on excessive warmth, warmth 1 tbsp oil then cook dinner the carrot and capsicum for 1 1/2 minutes, consistently stirring. Add spinach, inexperienced onion and the ultimate 1/2 tsp salt. Hold cooking for 1 1/2 minutes till the spinach is wilted. Switch into the noodle bowl – nonetheless do not combine!

  • Cook dinner beef – In the identical pan, warmth the ultimate 1 tbsp of oil nonetheless on excessive warmth. Add beef and cook dinner for 1 1/2 minutes till very flippantly golden and simply cooked by. Add to the noodle bowl. Do not combine!

  • Combine! Add many of the sesame seeds (reserve some for topping). NOW you may combine! Toss, toss, toss.

  • Serve – Switch right into a serving bowl, sprinkle with remaining sesame seeds. That is meant to be eaten heat, not piping sizzling. Eat!

Recipe Notes:

1. Beef high quality issues right here as a result of the strips of beef are so skinny they are going to overcook in a flash. 
Beef quick ribs when sliced thinly is great for fast-cook stir frying – superior flavour, juicy and tender. Solely must be gradual cooked to “fall-apart-tender” when it’s served complete!
Subsequent most suitable choice in my view is scotch fillet/boneless rib eye.
Different steak cuts – rump, porterhouse/t-bone, sirloin/strip and so forth will work but when utilizing economical cuts, contemplate tenderising them earlier than utilizing within the recipe so they’re gentle and tender to eat utilizing the Asian “velveting” method – examine this right here. To do that, slice per recipe, toss with 3/4 tsp baking soda (bi-carb), put aside for 20 minutes. Rinse in colander, pat dry, then marinate per recipe. 
2. Soy sauce – Use all function or a lightweight soy sauce. Not darkish soy sauce, color and flavour is just too intense.
3. Korean noodles which can be candy potato noodles referred to as “dangmyeon” offered in dried kind that appears a bit clear, like glass noodles. Offered within the Asian aisle of enormous grocery shops right here in Australia, cheaper in Asian shops. Cooked by boiling – observe packet occasions.
Substitute with glass noodles (“bean thread noodles”) or vermicelli noodles. Or another very skinny noodles.
4. Shiitake mushrooms – Asian mushrooms with a extra intense mushroomy flavour than customary white mushrooms, brown/cremini mushrooms (although be happy to sub!).
5. Marinating – No have to marinate in a single day although you may.
6. Beef chopping – Purpose for skinny strips so that you get loads dispersed all through the noodles.
7. Leftovers make nice lunch! Retains for 3 days within the fridge. Not appropriate for freezing.
Vitamin per serving, assuming 5 servings.

Vitamin Data:

Energy: 504cal (25%)Carbohydrates: 58g (19%)Protein: 18g (36%)Fats: 24g (37%)Saturated Fats: 4g (25%)Polyunsaturated Fats: 6gMonounsaturated Fats: 12gTrans Fats: 0.04gLdl cholesterol: 35mg (12%)Sodium: 1590mg (69%)Potassium: 1000mg (29%)Fiber: 6g (25%)Sugar: 9g (10%)Vitamin A: 10147IU (203%)Vitamin C: 51mg (62%)Calcium: 127mg (13%)Iron: 4mg (22%)

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