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Japchae: Korean Sweet Potato Glass Noodles
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Japchae: Korean Sweet Potato Glass Noodles

If you have never tried japchae before, you are in for a delicious treat! The noodles are clear, gluten free, made from sweet potato, and have a beautiful chewy texture that is unlike any other noodle.

Like a lot of noodle dishes, the pasta will pick up flavors of whatever you season them with. In this case, japchae tastes like sweet soy – sesame sauce with vegetables and a noticeable hit of black pepper. It is truly amazing and can be served as a main or a side. This is a very easy dish to prepare, and the noodles can be found in most East Asian and Korean grocery stores.

For 4-6 servings

  • 1 bundle Japchae noodles
  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • 2 carrots, julienned
  • ½ green or red pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • 1 block tofu, cubed into 1cm pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • ¼ cup soy sauce or tamari
  • 3 table spoons sesame oil
  • 2 table spoons brown sugar
  • 1 table spoon black pepper
  • 3 table spoons sesame seeds (as garnish)
  • vegetable oil for frying

Boil the Japchae noodles for 5-8 minutes, or until soft, drain and set aside. In a large frying pan add a few drops of vegetable oil and lightly saute carrots, pepper, garlic, tofu, and bean sprouts for a few minutes until they wilt, remove from heat and set aside.

In a large bowl, toss the sauteed veggies and tofu, scallions, noodles, sugar, sesame oil, soy sauce, and pepper until well mixed. Sprinkle with sesame seeds before serving.



*Image courtesy Flickr creative commons.

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  1. Veganara
    Vote no 3. This recipe sounds amazing - I love noodles anyway, and these appear to be an extra-special kind! Check out my latest post, Saints or Sinners?, when you have time (and if you like it, you know what to do! Thanks! :-)
  2. Anita Vegana
    Easy and oriental! I voted. I find your mix of flavours very interesting in this one. I think I will enjoy it very much. Please come read my new post, Raving for Raw Vegan Cheescake, and vote if you enjoyed it. Thank you.
  3. SnakeWitch
    I've never had Japchae before. I've had both rice and spinach vermicelli, but not sweet potato noodles. I'm sure they must be good. Now, how to find these around HERE? I voted, though! Your recipe is nice and looks good. I make my food with similar spices and flavours, so I'm sure this one will be one I enjoy too. When you have the chance, my new one is about the controversy surrounding the Tokyo-Two, Greenpeace's activists against illegal whalers in Japan.
  4. JustVegan
    that sounds super. voted. do come and check my new post on tofu fried rice and vote of you like.
  5. Shabs Online
    Shabs Online
    I love glass noodles...they luk soo tempting! :) Voted


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