How to make Japchae? Well, it’s basically combining the sauce to the glossy noodles. However, it’s more complicated.
The Korean invasion is taking the world by storm. Yes, it’s not just the Philippines, but the world is actually going gaga over this Asian country.
When we said invasion, we are not just talking about K-Pop. It’s about many aspects such as tourism, culture, tradition, tech, and even cuisines.
What is Japchae?
Well, aside from Kimchi, Japchae or Chapchae is a favorite Korean food of the Filipinos. The glossy noodles enriched with mild but explosive flavorings, make it a can’t-resist dish.
Once a royalty dish, Japchae is stir-fried glass noodles added with some vegetables and meat. Koreans traditionally serve this during special occasions such as weddings, birthdays, and many more. Here, it’s served as a side dish in Korean grills.
What are the Ingredients in Making Japchae?
First, you’ll need glass noodles and fortunately, because of the demand, different brands are now available in groceries. Since Korean marts are also everywhere, you won’t find hard times checking them out. They are expensive, though.
For this recipe, you’ll also need strips of beef to add more flavor.
Here is the complete list of ingredients:
- 500 grams vermicelli noodles or dangmyeon
- 1/2 kilo beef tenderloin – chopped
- 1 medium carrot – julienned
- 2 medium red bell peppers – sliced into thin strips
- 1 large white onion – chopped
- 5 cloves garlic – finely minced
- 1 bundle onion spring – chopped
- 5 piece shitake mushroom – soak in a bowl of water for 30 minutes, then chopped
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 6 tablespoons sesame seeds oil
- Scrambled egg (for garnishing)
- Salt and pepper to taste
Make the Sauce
- Combine the soy sauce, sugar, sesame seeds oil, sesame seeds, and garlic. Then, mix well.
- Set aside.
Cook the Noodles
- Bring a pot of water to a boiling point.
- Add salt and a little bit of oil.
- Add the noodles and cook for about 10 minutes.
- Put in a strainer.
- Drench in running water.
- Set aside inside a strainer.
Saute the Veggies
- In a pan saute onion, garlic, onion spring, bell peppers, and carrots.
- Add a little water and simmer for a couple of minutes.
- Put in a large bowl and let it rest.
Cook the Beef and Mushroom
- In the same pan, saute the beef and mushroom until cooked.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Put in the same large bowl.
Fry the Noodles
- Using the pan, add oil and fry.
- Stir as much as possible.
Make the Japchae
- Combine all the ingredients along with the sauce.
- Garnish with sesame seeds and scrambled eggs.
- Serve and enjoy.
- Dried shitake mushrooms are more recommended because of the flavor.
- You can add more sauce to your japchae if you want to.
- Avoid overcooking the beef because it might become hard.
- Your hands are the best tool for combining the ingredients.