Friday, September 21, 2012

Japchae / Chapchae



glass noodles
hoisin sauce
brown sugar
sirloin strips
carrots, strips
garlic, minced
onion, minced
chili flakes
sesame oil
salt and pepper


1. Season beef with salt and pepper
2. Sauté onion and garlic
3. Add beef and carrots
4, Stir in hoisin sauce and sugar
5. Pour 4 cups of water and bring to a boil, then add the noodles
6. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until liquid evaporates
7. Add chili flakes
I don't remember when I first tasted Japchae/Chapchae, but I liked it immediately. I've always, since, wanted to try making some at home but I'm never at a Korean grocery. Anyway, I finally got round to visiting one and got myself some glass noodles. I was worried it would turn bad, because I have no experience with it, but as it happens it's absolutely simple to make. More like add this and add that --- then I was done, was quite pleased with myself.

My only regret was not using enough veggies. I think it would be better if I did and if I used beef slices, rather than ground beef --- but I only did because it was what I had in the freezer. Still, it tasted good, so there's no reason to complain. Haha!

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