Jap Chae – Korean Stir Fry noodles (Vegetarian)

15 Mar

Other than Soon Dubu, Jap Chae is another dish I ordered a lot at Korean restaurants.  Jap Chae is composed of noodles made with sweet potatoes, and combined with mushrooms, spinaches, peppers, carrots and scallions.  Beef can be added or left out as a vegetarian dish.  It can be served as a side or a main dish, hot or cold.


  • 2 rolls of starch noodles
  • 1 bunch of spinach, sectioned (about 5 cm long)
  • 1/2 red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 carrot, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium size onion, sliced lengthwise into eighths
  • 3 scallions/green onions, sectioned
  • 3 shiitake mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 5 white mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 6 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 6 tablespoons sesame oil
  • Sesame seeds
  • Black pepper to taste


  1. Soak shiitake mushrooms in warm water for 1.5 hour or until soften.  Remove stems and slice.
  2. Cook noodles in a pot of boiling water for 5 minutes. Drain and cut the noodles with scissors.  Stir in 2 tablespoons sesame oil and 2 tablespoons soy sauce and mix well. Place noodles in a large bowl.
  3. In a pot of boiling water, cook spinach for 1-2 minutes.  Drain and rinse with cold water.  Squeeze the water out and mix with 2 tablespoon sesame oil and 2 tablespoons soy sauce. Add spinach to the large bowl.
  4. Heat oil in a skillet over high heat.  Stir in garlic and scallions, cook until fragrant (about 1 minute). Stir in onions and carrots, cook for 3 minutes.  Stir in mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms and peppers for a few minutes or until everything is cooked.
  5. Mix all vegetables into the large bowl.  Add sugar, 2 tablespoons soy sauce and 2 tablespoons sesame oil.  Mix well.  Add sesame seeds and pepper to serve.


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6 responses to “Jap Chae – Korean Stir Fry noodles (Vegetarian)

  1. princesagr

    December 23, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Yum Yum Yum, I wish i had one plate over here!
    Thanks for your recipe.
    Can I use any other oil except the sesame oil? It is quite hard to find it in my country, let alone my small hometown. Also, can I exclude the red pepper or it loses a lot in the taste?
    Thank you !

    • thejanechannel

      December 27, 2011 at 12:18 pm

      The red pepper can be excluded if you don’t have it. But the sesame oil is quite essential for both flavor and smell. You can use other types of vegetable oil as a substitute, but the taste won’t be quite the same without the sesame oil. Hope this helps!

      • princesagr

        December 27, 2011 at 12:57 pm

        Thank you for your answer! Its not that I can’t find the red pepper, its that I am allergic to it!
        I ll try to find sesame oil then. In a bigger market or oriental market!
        Yum Yum. Love your blog

      • thejanechannel

        December 28, 2011 at 2:02 pm

        Good luck!!! And thank you for visiting 😀

  2. Dino

    August 5, 2013 at 11:40 am

    How many serving is this dish? Looks good


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