Cook's Hideout: Vegetarian Jap Chae

March 24, 2009

Vegetarian Jap Chae

This is my entry to A.W.E.D – Korea, being guest hosted by PJ @ Seduce your Taste buds. A.W.E.D (A World Epicurean Delight) is the brain child of talented DK @ Culinary Bazaar. I am lucky to have a very good Korean market not too far from us that we visit at least once a month for the fresh produce and good deals on tofu and fruit.

During my recent visit I bought some gochujang, Korean hot pepper paste to try. I already had half a package of sweet potato noodles, dang myun, that I had bought a while back. Jap Chae is stir-fried noodles with vegetables and meat. Here’s my recipe for Jap Chae.

Sweet Potato Noodles – 2 bunches
Peppers – 2, I used 1 red & ½ green
Onion – 1 large, thinly sliced
Mushrooms – 1 cup, chopped
Carrots – 1 medium, chopped into matchsticks
Chinese Broccoli – ½ cup, chopped (you can use spinach)
Garlic – 2 cloves, minced
Gochujang – 2 tsp
Soy sauce – 4tbsp (I use low-sodium)
Rice Vinegar – 2tsp
Sesame Oil – 1tbsp
Sugar – 2tsp
Salt & pepper – to taste
Eggs – 3

  • Cook noodles according to package directions and set aside. Sweet potato noodles are very long and hard to handle, so when cool enough to handle, cut noodles into 6" pieces.
  • Heat a large sauté pan on medium high heat; add 1tbsp peanut oil, when hot and sizzling, add garlic and stir fry for 30 seconds or until lightly browned and fragrant (not burnt). Add onions, carrots and peppers; sauté for 3-4 minutes. Add mushrooms and Chinese broccoli and sauté until all the veggies are crisp but tender, another 4-5 minutes.
  • Add gochu jang, soy sauce, rice vinegar, salt, pepper and sugar. Cook for couple of minutes. Add cooked noodles and stir fry for 2 minutes. Check the seasonings and adjust accordingly.
  • In the meantime, make an omelet with the eggs, cut them into strips and serve them over the stir fried noodles.


  1. Wow it looks so beautiful, i have only had korean food once and i really enjoyed it.

  2. Sweet Potato noodles! Looks so good, transparent like Cellophane noodles. I just posted Hoddeok for the event! :)

  3. Oh sweet potato noodle what a discovery! I never tasted Korean, time to try some... This one looks very exotic!

  4. This does look delicious, and it sounds wonderful. Nice job, Pavani.

  5. i tried this in a japanese restaurant some time back and loved it! it was very spicy though, so spicy that i had to stop eating when i was 3/4 done!

  6. That looks so delicious, I have never seen sweet potato noodles before.


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