Japchae is a classic Korean dish made with stir-fried glass noodles, vegetables, and meat. It is a popular dish in Korean cuisine and is often served at special occasions and celebrations. The dish has a sweet and savory flavor, and the chewy texture of the noodles and the crunchy vegetables make for a delightful combination.
To make Japchae, you will need the following ingredients:
- 200g glass noodles
- 1 small onion, sliced
- 1 red bell pepper, sliced
- 1 green bell pepper, sliced
- 2 carrots, cut into matchsticks
- 1 bunch of spinach
- 100g beef sirloin, sliced thinly
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
Before you begin cooking, you will need to prepare the ingredients. Soak the glass noodles in warm water for 10-15 minutes, or until they are soft and pliable. Drain the noodles and cut them into 6-inch lengths with scissors. Blanch the spinach in boiling water for 30 seconds, then rinse with cold water and squeeze out the excess water. Cut the spinach into 2-inch lengths. Marinate the beef in soy sauce, sugar, and minced garlic for at least 30 minutes.
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil. Add the beef and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes, or until browned. Remove the beef from the pan and set aside. In the same pan, add another tablespoon of vegetable oil and sauté the onion, red and green bell pepper, and carrot until they are tender. Add the spinach and stir-fry for another minute. Add the glass noodles, beef, and the remaining marinade to the pan, and stir-fry for another 2-3 minutes. Drizzle sesame oil over the top and stir well to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Japchae is typically served as a side dish, but it can also be served as a main course. It is often served at room temperature, but it can also be served hot or cold. Japchae is best served with steamed rice and other Korean side dishes, such as kimchi and pickled vegetables.
Japchae is a delicious and nutritious dish that is easy to make and perfect for any occasion. The combination of chewy noodles, tender beef, and crunchy vegetables make for a satisfying and flavorful meal. Try making this recipe at home and impress your family and friends with your cooking skills!