Monday, April 15, 2013

Soul Food Journey! #1 Korean Japchae Vietnamese Style

Japchae is a Korean stir fried noodle mixed with vegetables dish. 
1. Ingredients: (could be found at any Asian restaurants)
Starch Noodles ("dangmyun")
- Beef
- Half a cabbage
- 1 Medium size Carrot
- 1 Medium size Onion
- Mushrooms ( dried Shiitake, button mushrooms,... or any kinds of mushrooms would be delicious!)
- Garlic
- Green Onion
- Soy sauce, vegetable or olive oil, Sesame oil, sugar, pepper, Sesame seeds
- Spinach (not used here, but recommend! Boil and rinse with cold water, chop and mix with the mixture)
- Eggs
- Green, Red, yellow peppers (adding colors. You can neglect it if you don't like the taste)
2. Prepping:
- BEEF MARINATING: Cut the beef into strips, pencil-size, across the grain, mix it with: soy sauce, a pinch of salt, finely chopped garlic, sugar, pepper, sesame oil, sesame seeds. 
Cover with a plastic grap and put into the fridge
Well-marinated beef!
- Soak the dried Shiitake mushrooms with hot water, let it soft and slice
- Carefully wash all vegetables, and slice 
Chopped/ Sliced Vegetables
 - Boil the Starch noodles (as instructed, or once it's softened), set aside (add in soy sauce and sesame oil into the noodles)
Korean Noodles (After boiled)
- Prepare the soy-sauce mixture to mix with all stir-fried ingredients later: A bow of soy sauce, half bow of sugar, finely chopped garlic, and sesame seed
- Cut green onion into 3-in thin strips, soak into cold water for garnishing later
Green Onion, Garlic, Soy Sauce, Sugar, and Sesame Seeds
3. Stir frying and mixing
- Add in vegetable or olive oil into a hot pan, put in any vegetable you'd prefer and stir fried it quickly till it's cooked, add in a pinch of salt and sesame oil each time
- Stir fry the marinated beef
- Fry some eggs and slice into strips
- Mix all stir fried ingredients with the soy-sauce mixture made earlier (do it with clean hands). Add in the egg strips, green onion, and sesame seeds for decoration.

TA-DAA!!! WE'RE DONE!!!
Final Product! I've added some fried egg, Sesame Seeds, and Green Onion garnishing!
More close-up!
Yum! 
All ingredients are well-mixed!
Would you like some?
I love this dish, easy to make and taste delicious! Promise you won't get tired of eating this at all, not until you're full of course! I love Korean food!
Instagram Recap!
Happy Cooking,

and thanks for reading!

An Trieu
 P.S: Check out Maangchi and her Korean cooking show on You Tube! I love her personality so much! She's Korean living in America though! Maangchi

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