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Japchae - Your Next Potluck Dish

Japchae is a very popular noodle dish eaten during celebrations in Korea. In the West, it is not that well-known. During your next potluck, suprise your guests with traditional Korean Japchae!
Course: Medium
Servings: 4 people


  • Korean sweet potato noodles Dangmyeon - 480g
  • Wood Ear mushroom - ½ cup optional, can use shiitake mushrooms too
  • Carrot - ½ cup
  • Onion - 1 cup
  • Shiitake mushrooms - ½ cup
  • Spring onion - ½ cup
  • Baek's Soy Sauce - ⅓ cup
  • Sesame oil - 4 teaspoon
  • Brown sugar - 2.5 teaspoon
  • Minced garlic - 1.5 teaspoon
  • Sesame seeds - 1 teaspoon
  • Black pepper - few shakes


Prep Work

  • Fill up a large mixing bowl or pot with lukewarm water. Grab some noodles (a 2-person portion size is roughly equal to the width of your forearm, so we will do it twice for our 4-person portion).
  • Place noodles into the water for 2-3 hours to re-hydrate.
  • Take out a smaller mixing bowl and place the Earwood Mushroom in for 30 minutes - to re-hydrate them as well. Drain them afterwards
  • While you wait, prep the other vegetables: cut carrots into thin julienne strips, cut onion and mushroom length-wise into strips, dice spring onions into small circles, cut the hydrated Earwood Mushroom in half.

Pan-fry vegetables

  • Put oil into a large frying pan and turn on medium-high heat. Put spring onions (¼ cup) in and wait until they start sizzling in the oil.
  • Then add in all of the vegetables into the pan. Cook them until onions begin to turn slightly clear. Season with black pepper.
  • Turn-off heat and set aside the vegetables on a plate.

Pan-fry noodles

  • Bring a pot up to boil and cook the noodles for exactly five minutes. Drain noodles through a strainer to get rid of excess water.
  • Take out large frying pan and add sesame oil, minced garlic and spring onions (¼ cup).
  • Put the frying pan on a medium-high heat. Once the spring onion begins to sizzle, put in brown sugar and Baek's soy sauce. Stir until sugar melt and sauce becomes slightly sticky.
  • Now add the boiled noodles into the sticky sauce and stir for about a minute. The noodles should have turn clear and be very soft to taste (sample one to check!).
  • Then add the seasoned vegetables from the previous step into the noodles. Turn off the heat and add sesame oil and sesame seeds. Give a final mix.


  • I have added an additional step (not shown in video) to boil the noodles for 5 minutes and then place them into the sauce. This speeds up the cooking process and ensures that the noodles are fully cooked.
  • Watch video below for more details