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Japchae (Korean Stir-fried Noodles)

Course Main Course
Cuisine Korean
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Liza Agbanlog


  • ½ lb beef sirloin sliced into thin strips
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 medium onion thinly sliced
  • 1 medium carrot peeled and sliced into thin strips
  • ½ red bell pepper sliced into strips
  • 6 fresh or dried re-hydrated shitake mushrooms stems removed and thinly sliced
  • 1 package (12 oz) spinach
  • 1 package (400g/14.11oz) sweet potato vermicelli noodles
  • Kosher salt
  • Sesame oil
  • Roasted sesame seeds

Beef marinade:

  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • ½ tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 clove garlic grated or minced
  • ½ tbsp mirin optional


  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup sugar or honey
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 clove garlic grated or minced
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  • In a bowl, whisk together ingredients for the marinade. Add beef and toss to coat evenly. Cover with plastic wrap and let marinade for at least 10 minutes.
  • Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a large non-stick pan over medium heat. Add beaten eggs and cook until firmly set. Fold in half and remove from the pan; cut into long thin strips. Set aside.
  • Using the same pan, heat 1 teaspoon olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and a pinch of salt; stir fry until soft and translucent. Transfer onion to a large plate.
  • Repeat step 3 (omitting salt) for carrot, bell pepper and mushroom.
  • In the same pan, add the seasoned beef and stir fry until browned and all moisture has evaporated. Transfer beef to a plate.
  • Wash and blanch spinach in boiling water, drain and squeeze the excess water. Season with sesame oil and salt. Set aside.
  • Cook the noodle in boiling water for 6-10 minutes. Drain well. Drizzle noodles with sesame oil and toss to coat. This step is necessary to avoid noodles sticking together.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together ingredients for the sauce. Pour over the noodles and toss to coat evenly.
  • Toss seasoned noodles, beef and vegetables together. Add half of the omelette and gently toss to combine.
  • Transfer to individual plates. Garnish top with long strips of omelette and a sprinkle of sesame seeds.


Recipe source: justonecook.com