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Nov. 22, 2012

In the Season 2 finale, AKwan takes back his kitchen this week and is venturing into the world of Korean food. This week, he tries his hand at making japchae. Thanks to Maangchi for the recipe!


Noodles 1 Pound (starch noodle/ daengmyun)
Spinach 1 Bunch (100 gm)
White mushrooms 100 Gram , julienned
Shitake mushroom 100 Gram , julienned
Carrot 1 Medium , julienned
Onion 1 Medium , thinly sliced
Garlic 2 Clove (10 gm) , minced
Scallion 2 Medium , julienned
Beef steak meat 1/2 Pound , cut into thin strips
Sesame seeds 1 Teaspoon
Soy sauce 2 Tablespoon
Sesame oil 1/2 Teaspoon
Sugar 1 Teaspoon
Black pepper powder To Taste
Olive oil 2 Tablespoon



1. In a pot boil water and cook the daengmyun for around 3 minutes. Drain into a colander and retain the boiling water .

2. Blanche the spinach in it for 1 minute. Drain and rinse under cold water few times to stop the cooking process.

3. In a large mixing bowl transfer the noodles and spinach. Set aside.


4. In a pan, heat olive oil, stir-fry the carrot till tender. Remove from heat and add to bowl with noodles and spinach.

5. Mix noodles, spinach, and carrot strips with soy sauce and sesame oil.

6. Stir-fry the onion slices and scallion and add to mixing bowl and mix.

7. Mince the garlic cloves and stir-fry with the beef. Add mushrooms halfway through cooking the beef. Put sugar and stir-fry until cooked.

8. Remove the beef and mushrooms and add to mixing bowl with rest of the ingredients.

9. Mix again with some more soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar, and black pepper powder.


10. In a serving plate or bowl, serve the japchae topped with sesame seeds.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 25 Minutes
Ready In: 25 Minutes
Servings: 2

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 1340Calories from Fat 357

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 40 g61.5%

Saturated Fat 10 g50%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 1446 mg60.25%

Total Carbohydrates 192 g64%

Dietary Fiber 13 g52%

Sugars 16 g

Protein 56 g112%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet