Japchae Dish

Japchae by Song Cooks 

What you will need:

  • Your favourite knife
  • a cutting board
  • Paper towels (just in case)
  • Wok or large pan 
  • Strainer to strain noodles
  • Medium to large pot to boil the noodles
  • Stir frying utensil of your choice (Silicone spatulas, wooden spoon or chopsticks could work)
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Gloves or tongs for tossing food


Step 1 - Cook Your Ingredients:

  1. Boil water in medium to large pot
  2. Place noodles in boiling water.  Don’t worry if they stick out at first.  As they soften they will submerge (after about a minute).
  3. Stir occasionally, especially making sure no noodles are sticking to the pot.  
  4. After approx. 10 minutes, test a noodle to make sure they’re cooked to the core. If not, boil for a little longer. 
  5. If it’s chewy and not too firm to the bite, then remove from water by carefully pouring the contents of the pot into a strainer (either in the sink or over another pot).
  6. Set your wok or pan to medium to high heat. 
  7. Add a small amount of cooking oil of your preference
  8. Add garlic to cook slightly
  9. Add cut vegetables, a pinch of salt, and japchae sauce to wok/pan.
  10. Stir fry until vegetables are cooked (softened, about 5 - 7 minutes)
  11. (optional) add cooked meat to stir fry. 
  12. Set aside all items into a big bowl.


Step 2 - Mixing and Plating:

WARNING:  Ingredients may still be hot.  Check temperature before touching with hands to avoid injury

  1. Add the noodles to the mixing bowl
  2. Add more sauce (from the second container) onto the noodles.
  3. With your hands, mix the sauce into the noodles until they seem more even in colour (light brown).  The noodles will turn less transparent (to a grey colour) as they cool.  
  4. When the noodles seem fairly even in colour, mix in all the ingredients. 
  5. Drizzle in sesame oil, and mix some more. 
  6. (non-vegan) Add black pepper, more salt, sauce or sweetener to taste.
  7. Serve on plate. 
  8. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds



If you wish to add extra vegetables or meat:

  1. Wash and pat dry all ingredients                                       
  2. Cut all vegetables, about 3 inches (6 cm) long. Set aside.
  3. (non-veganl) Stir fry meat or proteins, seasoning with salt. Set aside.


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