Sweet potato starch noodles stir fried with vegetables (Japchae)

Japchae is a traditional Korean dish that is enjoyed by many people around the world. It is made with glass noodles, also known as sweet potato starch noodles, that are stir-fried with various vegetables and sometimes meat. The dish is seasoned with soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, and toasted sesame seeds, giving it a unique and delicious flavor. Japchae is often served at special occasions, such as weddings and holidays, but it can also be found in many Korean restaurants and is a popular dish to make at home. The dish is known for its colorful and appetizing appearance and is often enjoyed as a main dish or a side dish.


  • 8 oz glass noodles (sweet potato starch noodles)
  • 1/2 lb beef (flank steak or sirloin), sliced into thin strips
  • 4-5 dried shiitake mushrooms, soaked in water until soft and sliced
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 carrot, julienned
  • 4 green onions, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds, toasted


  1. Cook the glass noodles in a pot of boiling water for 5-7 minutes, or until they are soft and translucent. Drain and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking process.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the beef with soy sauce, sugar, and minced garlic. Mix well and set aside.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add the beef and stir-fry until it’s browned and cooked through. Remove the beef from the skillet and set it aside.
  4. In the same skillet, add another tablespoon of vegetable oil and sauté the onions until they are soft and translucent.
  5. Add the sliced shiitake mushrooms, red bell pepper, and carrot. Stir-fry for 2-3 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.
  6. Add the cooked glass noodles and the cooked beef to the skillet with the vegetables. Stir-fry for another 2-3 minutes, or until everything is well combined.
  7. Drizzle sesame oil over the top and add the green onions. Stir-fry for another minute or two, or until the green onions are slightly wilted.
  8. Sprinkle toasted sesame seeds over the top of the dish.

Serve hot or at room temperature. Japchae can be a main dish or a side dish. Enjoy!

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