Japchae


Korean dishes are often delicate and colourful.  I like the Korean dishes as lots of vegetables are incorporated.  It can be laborious cutting all the vegetables but in the end the dishes always look colourful and appetizing.

I actually wanted to fried bee hoon for dinner but my family protested.  They wanted something different.  I googled for interesting one meal dish and found Japchae, sweet potato starch noodles stir fried with vegetables and meat. I was attracted to the colourful vegetables.  I was sure my girls would love it as they were K-pop fans.

The beauty of this dish is you can use any types of vegetables available. Usually beef is used in this dish.  I use chicken instead as my family prefers chicken to beef.

Ingredient
1.  1/2 carrot, cut into matchsticks
2.  1/2 pepper bell (any colour), sliced thinly
3.  A batch of spinach
4.  1 brown onion, sliced thinly
5.  3 shitake mushrooms, sliced thinly
6.  100g chicken (cut into long strips)
7.  1 tsp minced garlic
8.  1 egg (beaten)
9.  1/2 a packet of glass noodles
10.  3 tbs + 1 tsp soy sauce
11. 1 tbs sugar
12.  2 tbs sesame oil
13.  some pepper and sesame seeds 
14.  some green onions




Method

1.  Fried egg and cut into long strips. 
2.  Marinate chicken with 1 tsp soy sauce, some sesame oil, minced garlic, some green onions. 










3.  Blanched spinach in a pot of boiling water.  Take it out and rinse spinach in cold water to stop it from cooking.  Remove excess water by squeezing it with your hands.  Cut it a few times and put it into a bowl.  Mix spinach with 1 tsp soy sauce and 1 tsp sesame oil.  Set aside.






4.  Cook glass noodles in boiling water.  Stir them with a wooden spoon so they don’t stick together. Cook until the noodles are soft and chewy.

5.  Sautee all vegetables with a pinch of salt. Once cooked, remove vegetables and set a side.
6.  In the same wok, cook chicken. 

7.  Add all vegetables, glass noodles into the wok once chicken is cooked.  At this juncture , turn off the heat.  Mix all ingredient with 3 tbs soy sauce, 1 tbs sesame oil, some pepper. 







8.  Add eggs on top of the glass noodles when serving. 



Tips
1.  Adding bean sprouts will give extra crunch to the dish.




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