Japchae / Chap Chae

Sort of !

I don't have the sweet potato noodles called dangmyeon  ^-^''

I nearly bought it few days ago but I find it a little bit steep for a pack of noodles heh !

Good thing though that using vermicelli ( made from mung beans ) is still good enough and very cheap !

Japchae / chap chae is a Korean dish made from sweet potato noodles and stir fried with various vegetables and sometimes with beef .

I'll call this version , the not-so authentic Japchae -___-

So I'm eating my way through Asia ! Last time , I'm in Indonesia with the scrumptious Nasi Goreng !

Now , I'm in Korea !  Is that Jang Keun-suk ! lol

Recipe from The Complete Book of Asian Cooking by Sallie Morris and Deh-Ta Hsiung

Serves 4

225 grams rump or sirloin steak
115 grams cellophane noodles , soaked for 20 minutes in hot water
4 Chinese dried mushrooms , soaked for 30 minutes in warm water , then sliced
oil for stir frying
2 eggs , separated
1 carrot , cut into matchsticks
1 onion , sliced
2 courgettes or 1/2 cucumber , cut into sticks
1/2 red pepper , seeded and cut into strips
4 button mushrooms , sliced
1 12/ cups beansprouts , washed and drained
1 tbsp light soy sauce
salt and ground black pepper
sliced spring onions and sesame seeds , to garnish

* Put the steak into freezer until it is firm enough to cut into thin slices .
* Marinate beef in 1 tbsp sugar , 2 tbsp light soy , 3 tbsp sesame oil , 4 finely chopped spring onions , 1 crushed garlic and 2 tsp toasted sesame .
* Drain noodles and cook them in boiling water  for 5 minutes ; drain , then snip into short lengths .
* Prepare the garnish ; heat oil in a small frying pan ; beat the yolks and pour into pan , when set , transfer to a plate ; cook the whites in the same way  ; let cool then cut into diamond shapes and set aside .
* Drain the beef ; heat oil in a wok or a large pan ; stir fry beef until it changes color ; add carrot and onion , stir fry for 2 minutes ; then add in the other veggies , tossing just until cooked .
* Add noodles and season with soy sauce , salt and pepper ; cook for a minute , spoon into a serving dish , garnish with eggs , spring onion and sesame .

** I used thinly sliced beef .
** I soaked the vermicelli in boiling water for 15 minutes , rinse and drain thoroughly , then added it after the veggies .
 ** Omitted the button mushrooms and the beansprouts .


  1. looks delicous, God, why I can't spend some time in Asia and try all of these:)

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    1. Ola , hahahaha just buy plane ticket asap ! Or just make it at home just like me ! :D

  2. ooo i taught english in south korea and this was one of our favorite dishes! everything we would eat there we were like, 'how do they make this??' hooray can't wait to try it!

  3. Look all the colours of this dish. This is beautiful!

  4. Oh, I love the flavors of Korean food and this is no exception! Yummy dish, my friend~

  5. Oh wow. This looks SO good! Eating your way through Asia sounds like a very tasty activity ;)

    1. Cathleen , and without spending a cent for a plane ticket ! hahaha

  6. I don't even know that there are sweet potato noodles.
    Interesting dish with mung bean noodles.

  7. This looks wonderful and sounds delicious. It is a dish I would love to try. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  8. Oh Anne, this is a favourite of mine....now I have to make it. Did it once, must try it the second time :-)

  9. Hi anne, delicious Japchae. Yours look so good.... can have extra rice. LOL

    Have a nice day.

    1. Amelia , with extra extra rice , definitely ! lol

  10. Wow this sounds good - so many great flavors - love this!
    Mary x

  11. Another favorite dish of mine! Your version looks superb, Anne! YUM YUM!

  12. I am your HAPPY new follower, and maaaaaan, I LOVE your blog :D, it looks soo yummy

  13. Sound better than those selling outsid, give me a plate right now!

  14. Mmmmmm, I love sweet potato noodles!!!!! What a delicious recipe! Love the mouth-watering photos too!

  15. yum..i can finish the whole plate by myself..no sharing please!! LOL!

  16. I love that you're eating your way through Asia :) And I'm not sure I could find sweet potato noodles, so I'm glad you offered a substitution. This looks so yummy!


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