Hello my beautiful and wonderful people! It’s been a while since I’ve sat down on the couch and written out a blog post. I hope everyone’s doing well! I just started some new classes and have taken some time to focus on filming videos for my Youtube Channel.
I’ve also been in the kitchen a lot more since quarantine started! Anyone been cooking or baking a lot lately? If so, what kinds of things have you been making? Banana bread? Cookies? Biscuits?
Today, I am making & trying for the first time….. Japchae! (putting a little pause on all the homework I’ve been procrastinating) Japchae is a popular noodle dish in Korea. This dish is made with glass noodles & vegetables. Some people also add meat to it but I’m just going to stick with the veggies!
I also want to thank Maangchi. One of co-workers recommended for me to watch her cooking videos and I started watching a couple yesterday. I watched the video of her making Japchae and oh my goodness! It looked so bomb…the noodles…It’s like I could smell all the veggies through my laptop screen.
Spoiler Alert! This dish is absolutely delicioussssssssss!!! It’s a little sweet..a little salt mmhmmm. I recommend everyone to try this dish out. You won’t be disappointed! Unless you’re just a hater!
Watch the video of me making Japchae HERE!
Alright so I need you to grab these ingredients!
Japchae AKA Glass Noodles W/Veggies
1. Prepare all the vegetables: onion, carrots, mushroom, spinach, green onions. Mince the garlic. Once all the vegetables are cut, place them on a plate so they are ready to be stir-fried.
2. Bring a large stock pot of water to boiling. Once water boils, add the spinach to the pot and blanch it in the water for 30 seconds. After it’s blanched, take the spinach out and transfer it to a bowl of ice water. Keep the water boiling and add the dried sweet potato noodles. Cover the noodles and cook them for about 6-7 minutes.
3. While the noodles cook, take the spinach out of the bowl of ice water and squeeze it out to get rid of the excess water. Cut the spinach a few times with scissors in a large bowl. Mix spinach with 1 Tablespoon of Soy Sauce and 1 Tablespoon of Sesame Oil. Mix this together and set bowl aside.
4. Once the noodles are cooked, strain and rinse the noodles under cold water. Snip the noodles with a pair of scissors so the noodles aren’t so long. Put the noodles in the same bowl as the spinach. To the bowl add, 1 teaspoon soy sauce, 2 teaspoons sesame oil, and 1 teaspoon brown sugar. Mix well with a spoon.
5. Heat 2 teaspoons of oil in a pan medium heat. Add the white onion and green onion and stir for about 2 minutes. Add these cooked veggies to the bowl of noodles and spinach.
6. Heat 1 teaspoon of oil in a pan medium heat. Add the carrots and garlic and stir for about a minute and a half. Transfer to the bowl of noodles.
7. Heat 1 teaspoon of oil in a pan medium heat. Add the mushrooms and a sprinkle of salt and stir for about 2 minutes. Transfer to the bowl of noodles.
8. In the noodle bowl, add a sprinkle of black pepper, 1 Tablespoon soy sauce, 1 Tablespoon brown sugar, 2 Tablespoons sesame oil. Mix very well.
9. Serve with sesame seeds on top & enjoy! YUM
These noodles are a big part of the dish! I bought these noodles off of Amazon. These are the sweet potato glass Noodles! Sweet Potato Noodles are made from sweet potatoes which processes into vermicelli. When I first opened the package my reaction to these noodles is that they are very long and stuck together! The back of the package has the instructions on how to cook it.
Now I see why they call it glass noodles!
Mixing all the veggies/noodles/sauce together so we get all the flavors! I can already tell this dish is going to be delicious. It smells amazing!
Served in a bowl & topped with sesame seeds! Had this for lunch & dinner. Super easy to reheat and tastes just the same. For reheating the noodles, I added them to a pan on medium heat, and a teaspoon of water and stirred for a few minutes. Simple as that!
If you try this dish out let me know what you think! Thanks for reading ❤