Japchae / Korean stir-fried noodles

I made this for lunch yesterday and often wonder why I seldom cook Jap chae . Now that I don't have to search far and wide to find dangmyeon or sweet potato noodles in our neck of the woods , all I need is time or the inclination to whip up this fantastic and colorful one-pot meal . This is even far easier to make than my fave gon chow ngau ho ! 

Jap chae is a Korean noodle dish made from sweet potato noodles called dangmyeon , stir-fried in sesame oil with various kinds of vegetables and sometimes with beef and seasoned with soy sauce and sugar . This dish is commonly served at Korean parties and special occasions , either hot or cold , as a side or some served this as a main dish .

I borrowed a Korean cookbook by Chung Jae Lee a month ago and saw his recipe on how to make the traditional way of making Jap chae , each ingredients is cooked separately then mixed together at the end . It's time consuming and too many dishes to wash after so it makes sense to stir fry everything especially if you're pressed for time or if you're a lazybones like me .

I used pork instead of beef but you can omit it if you want a meat-free dish . You can even go crazy by adding more veggies lol  In this recipe , sesame oil is used for stir-frying the ingredients but I'm afraid the flavor of the sesame oil will be too much since you'll also use it for the sauce so I used my usual cooking oil instead . If you can find wood ear mushroom so much the better , it will add a nice layer of texture to this dish . Wood ear is pretty tasteless but when cooked it absorbs the flavor of the food and it has a wonderful crunchy texture .

Please check original recipe @  Fresh Tastes / Marc of No Recipes

200 grams dangmyeon / sweet potato noodles 

120 grams pork ( jowl ) , thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon minced ginger
2 cloves garlic , minced
1 teaspoon light soy sauce 
1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon tapioca starch
a pinch of salt 
a dash of ground white pepper

1 small onion , sliced
100 grams carrots , cut into matchsticks 
3 dried shiitake mushrooms , soaked until soft then boil for 5 minutes , slice thinly 
1 small yellow pepper , sliced
120 grams spinach , blanch briefly then squeeze off excess water , form into a ball then cut in half
salt , to taste

3 tablespoon light soy sauce
2 tablespoons sugar 
1 tablespoon sesame oil 
1/3 cup water 

some toasted sesame seeds to garnish 

* Combine pork , soy sauce , sesame oil . salt , pepper and starch , mix well , set aside . 

* Mix together soy sauce , sugar , sesame oil and water , set aside .

* Boil water and cook noodles for 4-5 minutes , drain and rinse briefly , sprinkle few drops of sesame oil and set aside .

* Heat a wok or a large pan , over medium-high heat , add oil when oil is hot , add garlic and ginger , cook until fragrant . Add in the pork mixture and cook for 3-4 minutes , transfer to a plate . In the same pan , add in the onion , cook for 3 minutes then add in the carrots and mushrooms , stir-fry for another 2 minutes . Add in the noodles , pepper , spinach , pork and soy-sesame sauce , cook over medium heat for another 2 minutes , mixing well until noodles are heated through and the sauce is absorbed , give it a good stir , sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve immediately . 


  1. fantastic shots, as always!

  2. Hi Anne, I cooked Jap chae yesterday too but not yet post.
    Your Jap chae looks colourful and delish! :)

    1. Esther , I'm gonna visit you tomorrow to try your Japchae lol

  3. Your photos are amazing and make the steps seem so simple to follow. I'm sure this Korean stir fried noodle dish tastes fantastic. Love it. I'm bookmarking this one to try soon. Thanks for sharing & connecting on G+ !

  4. hi anne! wanted to try japchae during the korean aff but didnt manage too. I must do it someday and your japchae is looking very good!

  5. Beautiful colour of Japchae you have here..

  6. I love japchae both Korean and Chinese style :) The beautiful colors make it very attractive and appetizing.

  7. Gorgeous noodles, Anne! And I like the lazybones route, too!!!

  8. Hi Anne, Your Japchae looks pretty and delicious! Please share with me :D

  9. I am still searching for that noodles here! Yours looks absolutely delicious! Such vibrant color.

  10. I know those noodles...they are so elastic and delicious. A great stir-fry, Anne.

  11. Wonderful meal Anne! I have these Korean noodles in my pantry from about 2 months but haven't used them yet. Now I know what I am making this friday.
    Anne, I need a favor from you. Someone has requested me for a GF no bake lemon cheese cake recipe. Do you have a recipe for ANY no bake cheese cake.? For now I am giving your strawberry cheese cake link. You can yourself give the link on my reader's request page.

  12. Hi Anne,

    I look your crystal clear shoot of these glassy noodles. You have cooked it very well... No doubt that you will cooking this more.


  13. hi Anne, I have been looking high and low for that glassy noodles but couldnt find any…would love to give it a try as your dish looks so delicious!

  14. I am seriously drooling over these noodles!!I am getting so hungry right now..

  15. Hi Anne,
    Your noodle dish looks so yummy! All the slicing and washing of plates certainly paid off, it looks really delicious!

  16. Hi Anne,
    I was going to cook this too but I can't find the sweet potato noodles here.
    Yours looks so good. Love it!
    Anymore left?? :D

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  18. The noodles look super delicious! I'm so glad I found your blog. There's so many great Asian recipes and I will come back to explore more. Those photos make me drooling!

  19. Hi Anne!
    I'm back!!!! Colorful one-pot meals are just what we need around here these days! If only I could convince my son to whip this up for Marion and myself. I'm sure it would speed up my recovery, lol...Thank you so much for sharing, Anne...

  20. Hi Anne, your noodle look really superb. Simple but look so inviting. Excellent photography skill. 2 thumbs up for you.

    Have a nice week ahead,regards.

  21. HI Anne!

    Hope all is well in your corner of the world:) Your noodles look amazingly yummy! Thanks so much for sharing..

    1. Louise ! I'm still breathing lol Thanks for asking ♥

  22. Ciao carissima..quante belle ricette che hai preparato..questo piatto di spaghetti sono eccezionali.
    Buona domenica.


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