Stir-fried Sweet Potato Starch Noodles (Japchae) 잡채

It is a Funday Sunday again!

This weekend is more of a resting week for me so I have planned a menu for the fam. Of course, my favourite experiment will be with Korean food, needless to say. I recently went shopping at NTUC Finest and oh my what a fine place it is. The Korean food corner although is nothing big to boast about but it has a lot to talk about. I was literally picking up the items off the shelves and throwing them into my trolley. 

Dear friends, please do not judge me….I admit I am 100% Auntie when inside supermarkets…. Hahahahhaha
In view of that stored ingredients that I have bought, I decided to make do with a simple Japchae for lunch. Although technically in Korea, this is normally found as a side dish but I personally love it a lot and so I just made a normal proportion as a meal for my family. I served this for lunch and I must say I really enjoyed making it. 

The ingredients are simple to find and make:

Sweet Potato Starch Noodle
Sesame seed
Soy Sauce
Sesame oil

Step One:

Prepare the sauce: Add 4 tbs soy sauce, 2 tbp sugar, 2 tbs sesame oil, a pinch of pepper, 1 tsp garlic, 1 tbs sesame seeds. Stir them well and set it aside.
Step Two:

Julienne mushroom and slice the beef into strips. Then mix the uncooked beef and mushrooms together and add one tbs of the prepared sauce and let it sit aside. After about ten minutes, you can stir fry this mixture and set it aside again.
Step Three:
Julienne the carrots, stir fry them for a while and then set them aside. You can sprinkle a little bit of salt and toss them.
Step Four:

Blanch the spinach and when it has boiled, drained them and soaked with cold water before tossing with a pinch of salt and a tsp of garlic. Before I set them aside, I gave them a bit of rough chop to cut them to small bite size strips.

Step Five: 
Boil the noodle in salt water, you will know when it is done when you bite one strand and the noodle is chewy but there is no hard texture inside the centre.
Step Six:

The excitement comes in assembling them all together. Get a big bowl, like my favourite IKEA metal Mixer bowl. Add in the Beef and mushroom, carrots, spinach and lastly the noodles. Pour the sauce which we made in the beginning and then start to toss. The important aspect of making JapChae is the way the food is being mixed together, using hands. So do not be shy, just go in with no fear. 😀
Do note that if you are serving this to other people, please be reminded to put on gloves for hygiene and basic manners and respect.
Before serving, I gave the mixture a little bit of stir-frying in the pan over low heat to warm up the noodles a little bit. It makes the dish more pleasing, comforting and delicious.

So here you can see the final product of mine. Do try the recipe and if you have any wonderful pictures to share with me, my twitter is: @zsiti and my instagram is: @zsiti_

Till we meet again, this has been zsiti.


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