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Vegan Japchae (Korean Sweet Potato Noodles)

Vegan Japchae - Korean Sweet Potato Noodles. Delicious, savoury sweet noodles that can be served as an appetizer, side dish or main meal.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course dinner, lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine korean
Servings 6
Calories 430 kcal


  • 400 grams sweet potato noodles dried
  • 2 pints shiitake mushrooms sliced
  • 1 pint white button mushrooms sliced
  • 3 carrot peeled and sliced into matchsticks
  • 1 red bell pepper sliced into matchsticks
  • 1 yellow bell pepper sliced into matchsticks
  • 300 grams baby spinach leaves washed
  • 1 yellow onion sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 ½ tbsp cane sugar
  • ¾ tsp black pepper
  • 2 ½ tbsp regular soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 4 tsp avocado oil


  • In a small bowl, marinade your sliced shiitake mushrooms with 1 garlic clove minced, 1 tsp cane sugar, ¼ tsp black pepper and 2 tsp soy sauce. Set aside and marinade for 10 minutes.
  • In a large pot of boiling water, blanch your spinach for 30 seconds no more. Remove the spinach with a slotted spoon reserving the hot water for the noodles. Rinse with cold water to stop cooking. Squeeze out the excess water. Place into a large mixing bowl and season with 1 tsp soy sauce, and 1 tsp sesame oil and mix.
  • Boil your sweet potato noodles for 7 minutes until soft and chewy. Drain and add to your large mixing bowl. Season the noodles with 2 tsp sesame oil, 1 teaspoon soy sauce, and 1 teaspoon sugar. Mix well.
  • Now fry your vegetables separately until they are cooked and soft. Start with your shiitake mushrooms, followed by white button mushrooms, then carrots, bell peppers, and lastly onion. As you finish cooking each vegetable element, add it to the large mixing bowl.
  • Finally, once all your ingredients are cooked and in the mixing bowl, add: 1 minced garlic, 1 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp sugar, ½ tsp black pepper, and 2 tsp sesame oil and mix well. Serve and enjoy!


Adapted from Maangchi
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Suggested Equipment & Products

Large Pot 5 Qt
Cutting Board
Santoku Knife
Non-stick wok
Large Non-Stick Pan
Mixing bowl
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Calories: 430kcal | Carbohydrates: 83g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 500mg | Potassium: 1241mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 10446IU | Vitamin C: 81mg | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 3mg