This classic Korean Japchae Noodles (sweet potato noodles) is a popular Korean delicacy that has a melange of stir-fried vegetables, with a savoury sauce.
When I first heard/wrote about Japchae while I was working for my client (have written so much about Asian cuisine that I can probably hold a P.hd in authentic and modern Asian cuisine :P) back in my office days, I used to wonder what it tasted like. I was curious as hell! Then, after a successful campaign the client decided to send us all a huge goodie bag of Asian products which also had these sweet potato noodles.
If you’re wondering, what is Japchae
It is no different from our (seviya), just that it is made from Sweet potato starch. It is also known as Korean glass noodles and it means – jap meaning “mix” and chae meaning “vegetable”. Sweet potato is a healthier option compared to other noodles as it is rich in fiber and lesser carbs.
Japchae is chewy in nature and is kinda pale grey in colour. It is typically prepared with dangmyeon, a type of cellophane noodles made from sweet potato starch. You could find these sweet potato noodles at places such as Foodhall, Nature’s basket or Asian food stores that sell gourmet stuff.
The best bet would be to get someone to carry it for you if they’re coming from US, AU or any other South East Asian country. Of course there’s no substitute for sweet potato starch noodles, however, if you have no access to any of these special food stores in India, you can buy the sweet pototo noodles here if it is in stock. Or you could use Thai rice/glass noodles which is again a good option.
Japchae was once a royal dish in the Korean cuisine. Now it is usually served on special ocassions such as weddings, gatherings and birthdays. It was also a side dish (Banchan) earlier. The Koreans take their side dishes (Banchan) very seriously as they have various health benefits and the process of making them involves fermentation in earthen pots. There are at least 300 different kinds of Kimchi that you could find in the Korean cuisine. So much about Japchae and Korean cuisine happened right? 🙂 I absolutely LUUUURVVV Asian cuisine after Indian because of the diversity and also, for the fact that most of their customs are similar to our culture(Esp Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia).
Anyways, you can make Japchae Noodles for a quick weeknight dinner cuz its light, easy and a refreshing change away from the usual dinner set menu. Here is a vegetarian version of Japchae, feel free to add beef/chicken or meat of your choice. I’ve read that it tastes best with beef followed by chicken. Google maharaj is always there to help you with suggestions 😛
Korean Japchae Noodles Recipe (Sweet Potato Starch Noodles)
This classic Korean Japchae Noodles (sweet potato noodles) is a popular Korean delicacy that has a melange of stir-fried vegetables, with a savoury sauce and can be made in flat 20 Minutes.
- 200gms Korean Sweet Potato NoodlesSubstitute it with rice noodles if it is not available
- 1Medium size OnionThinly sliced
- 1Medium Size CarrotJulienned/Thinly sliced
- 1each red, yellow and green bell pepperthinly sliced
- 4Sticks Baby CornSlit
- 5-6Fresh Spinach LeavesChiffonade them
- 3big Garlic clovesfinely chopped
- 2Tbsp Sesame OilYou can use vegetable/olive oil if you prefer too
- 1Tsp Soy Sauce
- Salt As needed
- 1Tsp Sesame seedsRoasted
- 1/4Tsp Sriracha/red chilli pastePURELY OPTIONAL if you prefer to make it spicy
- Ensure that you add a lil less salt to this, as soy sauce already has salt in it.
- You can also add basil instead of spinach for a flavour burst.