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Easy Vegan Japchae Recipe

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Have you heard of japchae? It’s one of my childhood favourite dishes and my mama slays this dish and shows it who’s boss (why am I talking like this?!). Japchae is a Korean dish made up of glass noodles (noodles made primarily of sweet potato starch) and it is super delicious and easy to make. You can make it more complicated and add more ingredients but I decided to make a super easy, quick version of it.

Now, it’s not as good as my mama’s… I’ll tell you that much. In fact, my mama might look at this and cringe at how I’m making it…haha but hey, I ain’t no chef! I’m just a regular hungry girl that needs to feed herself!!

The issue with my “recipes” is that I very rarely measure stuff when I actually cook. So I can’t give you a breakdown of the measurements…But I will tell you the ingredients.

What you’ll need for japchae (Korean glass noodles):

  • Korean glass noodles (sweet potato starch noodles or “dang myun”)
  • Your choice of vegetables – popular vegetables are spinach, peppers, mushrooms, onions, grated carrots, etc… but use whatever you want!
  • Sesame oil
  • Soy sauce
  • I used sriracha but this is not typical for japchae
  • Optional: garlic, ginger, sugar…. (I didn’t use, but again, use whatever you want!)

You have two options for cooking the glass noodles (figured this out after I made the video…haha very typical of me!) –

  • Let them sit in hot water for about 15 minutes until they’ve softened and then cook them like I did with the veggies OR
  • Cook them in boiling water for about 5 minutes then drain & coat with sesame oil to prevent from sticking if you’re letting them sit for a while before cooking them with the veggies… I KNEW THERE WAS A REASON I COATED THE NOODLES WITH SOY SAUCE SEPARATELY (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, you’ll get it after you watch the video…)

Anyway, it’s literally such an easy recipe that whatever way you make it, I’m sure it will not only be edible, but delicious! You can make it as easy or as complicated as you’d like, but I chose the easy route (of course).

Hope you enjoy this super simplified version of japchae!
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VV321d1zJfU]

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