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Chap Jae (Jap Chae)

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This is one of my favourite dishes and it is very healthy! The noodles are yam noodles and do not contain wheat or flour. Jap Chae is a fabulous Healthy Choices meal.
  Sweet potato starch noodles 250 Gram (8 Ounce dang myun)
  Carrots 1 Medium, small juiellene
  Sweet red bell pepper 1 Small, finely sliced
  Green vegetable 2 Cup (32 tbs) (bok choy type)
  Red onion 1 Small, sliced
  Shiitake mushrooms 1 Cup (16 tbs), soaked in hot water (dried)
  King mushrooms slices 3
  Spring onions/Lengthwise 2 , finely sliced
  Peanut oil 2 Teaspoon
  Garlic 1 1⁄2 Tablespoon, finely chopped
  Lean rump/Fillet 250 Gram, sliced paper-thin (8 Ounce)
  Chili bean paste 2 Tablespoon (Korean)
  Light soy sauce 3 Tablespoon
  Toasted sesame oil 3 Teaspoon
  Sugar 2 Teaspoon

In a large pot of fast boiling water, cook the noodles allowing 7 or 8 minutes rather than the 5 or 6 recommended on the packet instructions. Drain in a colander, run cold water through and leave to drain again.

Shred or juiellene the carrots very finely. Japanese graters do this without much effort. Have all the vegetables ready before starting to cook.

Heat oil and on low heat fry the garlic until soft. Add beef if using and stir-fry until colour changes. Add vegetables and stir-fry until half tender, then stir in the chilli/chile bean paste, soy sauce and sesame oil and add the noodles, tossing until they are well combined with the rest. Taste and add more soy sauce if

Optional garnish: Sesame seeds

Serve hot.

I use a spagetti claw to toss and serve the noodles. I also serve a side dish of chopped chiles for more heat if desired.


Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
Stir Fried
Preparation Time: 
20 Minutes
Cook Time: 
10 Minutes
Ready In: 
30 Minutes
The other day mom and I went out for Korean food and were served Chap Jae/JapChae a very popular Yam noodle dish. It can be made with or with meat. If made Vegetarian style it is a fabulous side with grilled meats or as a flavourul Vegetarian entre. The recipes I have seen are basically the same with varying amounts of veggies, sugar, soy and fermented chile-soy bean paste. My version of Chap Chae is based on interminglig a few recipes I have read, plus what I have eaten here and in Korea. Chap Jae/Jap Chae is made so many ways just like pasta and sauce, or Pad Thai. Each cooks does as she wants. The yam noodles are sold in quite large packets. I bought the smallest package of Yam Noodles (500 grams/1.1#). They are sometimes called "Chinese" noodles but are from Korea.

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Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 500 Calories from Fat 121

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 14 g21%

Saturated Fat 6 g29.9%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 53.1 mg17.7%

Sodium 951.4 mg39.6%

Total Carbohydrates 73 g24.3%

Dietary Fiber 3 g12.1%

Sugars 6.4 g

Protein 21 g42%

Vitamin A 72.4% Vitamin C 75.3%

Calcium 6.8% Iron 23.6%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


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