I have very fond memories of my childhood, and my Korean heritage in the way of FOOD. Korean food to me is comfort food, and a cuisine that I have a difficult time find in the restaurant world that will satisfy my cravings. (No one can cook like Grandma!) So, alas, I have had to learn how to cook Korean food that reminds me of what I remember from my youth.
Japchae is one of my absolute favorites. Its simple, satisfying and makes fantastic leftovers. It is also very versatile, lending itself as a platform for variation.
The base of this dish is the Korean Vermicelli Noodles, made of Sweet Potato Starch and Water, they are light and mild. It is mixed with a variety of vegetables and meat. I call it "with a Twist" because as much as I love traditional Japchae, I always seem to have to change things up a bit. This version very comparable to a traditional Japchae, with pepper, carrots, mushroom, and greens, but I have changed it a bit to incorporate the bounty of my garden.
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Cook Noodles as directed, drain, and drizzle generously with Dark Sesame Oil, and set aside.
In a separate bowl whisk together Tamari, Honey, 2 gloves Garlic Minced and Sesame Seeds, set aside
In a wok/skillet over medium high heat, heat 2 Tbsp light sesame oil. Add 2 Minced Garlic Cloves and heat till fragrant. Add in Vegetables and sauté until soft. Transfer to plate. Add another 2 Tbsp light sesame oil add meat and cook through.
In a large bowl combine Noodles, Vegetables, Meat and reserved Tamari Mixture.
Can be served both hot and cold.