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. IMG_9828
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


  1. First you will want to soak the dangmyeon noodles in hot tap water and set aside for (20-30 mins)
  2. 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.
  3. Slice and shred all the vegetables.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!




  1. This looks so good!! I wish we could have dinner together some time. You’d cook of course. Lol.

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  2. purejoyfromme · · Reply

    I would love to have dinner with you guys! 😘


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