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Japchae or Chap Chae Recipe

Japchae or Chap Chae is a popular Korean sweet potato starch noodles with marinated beef and stir-fried vegetables. Try this easy and sumptious recipe.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: korean
Servings: 6
Calories: 438kcal
Author: Jenalyn Rose Forbes


Beef Bulgogi

  • 500 g beef eye filet mignon cut into ¼ inch wide and 2½ inch long strips
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp sesame seed oil

Stir-fry Noodles

  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 50 g baby spinach washed and drained
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 200 g dangmyeon sweet potato starch noodles
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion sliced thinly
  • 3 stalk green onion cut crosswise into 2 inch long pieces
  • 5 pcs shiitake mushrooms sliced
  • 1 medium carrots cut into matchsticks
  • ½ red bell pepper cut into thin strips

Final seasoning

  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds


  • In a bowl, marinate the beef with soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, black pepper, and sesame oil. Cover and refrigerate for while preparing the other ingredients.
    marinated beef
  • Make the egg garnish by cooking the beaten egg in a pan over low heat. Tilt the egg around to spread it evenly and cook for one minute. Flip it over and let it sit on the pan for 1 more minute. Allow it to cool down and slice it into thin strips.
    cook the egg
  • Boil a pot of water, add the baby spinach and blanch for 1 minute. Drain and transfer in a bowl. Add a teaspoon soy sauce and teaspoon sesame seed oil.
    blanch the baby spinach
  • Cook the sweet potato starch noodle according to packaging instruction or until the noodles are soft and chewy. Drain and add it to the bowl with blanched spinach. Add another teaspoon of soy sauce and sesame seed oil. Mix by hand (with gloves) and set aside.
    cook the noodles
  • In a large pan or wok, add a little bit of vegetable and stir fry the onion and green onion until soft and translucent. Once done, add it to the bowl.
    cook the onion
  • Next, stir-fry the carrots and red bell pepper for 20-30 seconds. Transfer into the noodle bowl.
    cook carrots and red bell pepper
  • Take out the marinated beef from the fridge, cook in the same pan over medium heat for 3-4 minutes until it change color. Combine it with the noodles.
    cook the beef
  • Lastly, add minced garlic, brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame seed oil and ground black pepper. Adjust the measurement according to your own preference.
    combine stir fry noodles and vegetable in a bowl
  • Mix well and transfer in a serving plate. Top with egg strips and sprinkle sesame seeds.
    sprinkle sesame seed and egg strips


Calories: 438kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 89mg | Sodium: 460mg | Potassium: 421mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2895IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 3mg