Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Japchae



Anyong Haseyo, AGAIN! Yup, yet another Korean dish - this time, Japchae. :) I made this to accompany my Myulchi Bokkeum. Maybe I'm easy to please, but I'm happiest eating simple food. These 2 dishes may be humble fare, but I'll pick them over fine dining any day.

I recently saw a lovely Japchae at Teczcape's blog, and used her recipe as a reference. Actually, this dish is so incredibly easy to make, you hardly need a recipe! It's true. All it takes is a quick stirfry of the veggies while your glass noodles cook in a separate pot, and when both are ready, just mix everything up. That's it!


Use any combination of veggies you like, but be sure to slice them in uniform thickness. I used a few leaves wong bok (long cabbage), a large handful of bean sprouts, 5 to 6 white button mushrooms, and a few stalks of chye sim. You'll also need some minced garlic and sliced yellow onions to lend some aroma.

First, heat some vegetable oil, and fry garlic and onions till fragrant. Add in your veggies and continue stirfrying. I seasoned mine with a pinch of anchovy (ikan bilis) powder. You want your veggies to still retain their crunch, so make sure you don't overcook.

When done, drain away the excess liquid. How to drain? Just tip your pan at an angle and press the back of your spatula against the veggies. Primitive yes, but it works! ;) Leave to cool in a serving bowl (see photo above).

In the meantime, boil your glass noodles in water. As this is cooking, make the dressing. I didn't actually measure out the proportions but it's roughly:

- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp sesame oil
- 2 tbsp brown sugar

Feel free to adjust according to your taste.


Once the glass noodles cook (and they do so very quickly), drain them and then place them atop the veggies. Pour the dressing in and toss well, like a salad. Sprinkle lightly toasted sesame seeds and serve. Some people add Gojuchang (Korean hot pepper paste), but I left it out because my Myulchi Bokkeum was already spicy enough.


And there you go! A homely Korean dinner - which can be yours too. You just need to tear yourself away from those Korean serials first. :)

Jalmukesumneda!

22 comments:

  1. This is truly a versatile dish. Very easy too. I love the noodles!!

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  2. Looks fantastic - fresh and flavourful. I always prefer stir fries that have noodles.

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  3. Ju...I want to come and eat at your house! I wish you lived just a little bit closer though!
    L~xo

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  4. One of my favorite noodle dishes. And I, too, love the simplicity of it :).

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  5. hehe i think you're having so much fun making yr own korean food, looking forward to see whats next :p

    say, did you use the korean dangmyeon for the japchae or just the local variety? coz yours look really white!

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  6. bossacafez: Evan, your eyes are really sharp! Yeah, I did not bother getting the Korean dangmyeon since I had a lot of tang hoon in my home. :) Have to finish them up first. :P

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  7. I tried this before, it was easy and simple. :)

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  8. It looks lovely! I too love the simple homey dishes! I eat this from our Asian market on Saturdays. The owners are korean and we get to enjoy many of their dishes! Yum!

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  9. You are fast on the Japchae. I lent one idea from your recipes recently too. I seriously think this is one easy way to whip up Japchae - just toss the veggies in the noodles rather than fry them together. Usually the noodles tend to stick to the pan while frying. This way, there is less-mess and it does not mean the overall taste is sacrificed in any way.

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  10. I loved this noodle. Having a bad sore throat now so cannot try the ikan bilis side dish yet, ugh.

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  11. Glass noodles:) I love them.. I can't wait to crunch into things:) I love simple too..Your photos just make them look unsimple:)

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  12. Looks simple yet delicious!! Keep Korean food coming!!

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  13. I looooove japchae. I order it everytime I eat Korean food. Something so simple yet so delicious. Have made this at home but it's never as good as the one from my favourite Korean place.... :P

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  14. I love Japchae! It's always one of the dishes I will always order when I go to the korean restaurant. Funnily enough, korean cuisine is also something that I've never thought about cooking myself until now. This looks so simple, I'll have to give it a go!

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  15. Yummy! I posted a japchae on my blog last week too, though mine was a really lazy it's-10pm-I-just-got-home-and-haven't-had-dinner version, so I bet yours is tastier. Not to mention myulchi bokkeum is awesome.

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  16. Gosh is it really that easy??? This is one of my hubby's and my favorite Korean dishes ever! Fantastic! I've gotta try this...

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  17. I forget how great glass noodles are, delicious and simple is so great!

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  18. Hi little teochew

    Been following ur blog for a while. Ur a fantastic cook and baker :) Ur korean japchae looks delicious. Btw, do u have a recipe for hainanese japchae?

    cheers
    MissB

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  19. Ju, i must meet up with your mum so we can go googoo gaga over the hunks together! Best still, while enjoying your awesome food prepare by you hee...

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  20. Count me in, Jessie @ Hearty Bakes!! hahahahahaa... :P

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  21. Yum,..yum,...yum,..yum: What real lovely Korean dishes these are!!

    thanks for introducing me to them!! I love them!

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