I feel I am constantly on the hunt for new recipes to mix things up a bit for our family’s dinner time menu. Meals that can be fairly “easy” to cook up, but will not lack in flavor is definitely a key essential I look for when deciding what to try.
This Korean dish JapChae, that I have had several times, is one of my absolute favorites. Though I have never attempted to make it…until now that is!
If you love Asian cuisine then this colorful vegetable, tender beef noodle dish is a must try for you. This particular recipe (by Marc Matsumoto) caught my attention for it takes the traditional JapChae dish preparation (which typically calls for a few extra steps) and simplifies it to your more basic stir fry style, but it is far from basic in taste! I’m sure I am not alone when I say simplifying our time in the kitchen is something we are all looking for. For our family of 6 I doubled this recipe and we were left with very little leftover…kids said that I probably should do a triple batch next time because it was such a big hit!
6 ounces dangmyeon (clear sweet potato noodles)
beef, thinly sliced
1 carrot, peeled & shredded
4 ounces fresh pyogo (shiitake) mushrooms, sliced
1/2 red bell pepper, sliced
handful of spinach
1 small onion, sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 c. soy sauce
2 Tbls. sugar
1 Tbls. Rice wine
1 Tbls. water + 1 Tbls. sesame oil
1 Tbls. toasted sesame seed
- First you will want to soak the dangmyeon noodles in hot tap water and set aside for (20-30 mins)
- Mix the soy sauce, sugar and rice wine in a bowl. Take 2 Tbls. of this sauce and add to your sliced beef and set aside to marinate while noodles soak.
- Slice and shred all the vegetables.
- In large frying pan add 1 Tbls. of sesame oil and heat over medium-high heat. Add garlic and fry until fragrant. Add marinated beef and stir-fry until meat is fully cooked…and then transfer to plate and set aside.
- Add another Tbls. of sesame oil to the pan, then add carrots & onions. Stir-fry until carrots are almost cooked, then add mushrooms & bell peppers. Continue stir-frying until carrots are fully cooked.
- Next add the dangmyeon and spinach, and pour the remaining sauce over everything. Stir-fry until the noodles are tender and all the liquid has been absorbed. Return the beef to the pan, sprinkle with sesame seeds and toss it all together. Serve & enjoy!