Japchae is a traditional Korean dish, made with sweet potato noodles, slices of tender steak and vegetables stir-fried in a sesame oil-based sauce. It is a delicious and colourful meal.
I used sukiyaki-style cut sirloin and bok choy (instead of spinach). I also used a thinner kind of glass noodles than the Korean dang nyun, because these were the ingredients I had on hand. I also used a special soy sauce that had mirin in it. I simplified the steps 3 to 6 by sauteeing the ingredients in the wok, in this order: onions, then beef, then as the beef cooked, julienned carrots, then bok choy (which I had blanched, not boiled). I poured all the sauce in Step 1 onto the noodles, and tossed it to coat evenly. I didn't mix in the veggies and beef, but used them instead as topping. It was delicious! And it tasted so much like the Chap Chae at a favorite restaurant. But I am adding dang nyun to my shopping list, because I plan to cook this again soon! - 27 May 2014 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
I used chicken because that's what I had, and had to leave out the onions because I forgot to buy them, but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. The Japchae was delicious, but seemed to be lacking something as the flavor was very subtle. (Most likely due to missing onions though, as that's a strong flavor profile, so I'm not holding that against this recipe). I will definitely make it again, likely a beef and a pork variety. - 20 Jan 2017 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
Made this with my teen daughter for first time. I omitted the chili paste because of a food allergy, and served over jasmine rice instead. We could not find the sweet potato noodles in the markets here. It was very good and was easy and quick to prepare. We will make this again, and again. - 04 Sep 2015 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)