Ready to move beyond ho-hum Asian fare? Jap chae is one of the simplest, most authentic ways to enlighten your palate. Transparent noodles meld with sesame oil and soy sauce for a perfect flavor balance in each chewy bite.
Bonus points if you know the country of origin for this noodle dish. Any guesses? It’s a place that will soon be celebrating the Lunar New Year. And sesame oil is one of this Asian nation’s signature ingredients.
Shiitake mushrooms add so much flavor to this vegetarian version of jap chae that you won’t miss the meat. Or if you do, try serving the noodles with something unexpected, like satay or sweet and sour meatballs.
Jap chae is one of my favorite noodle dishes ever. These sesame-infused noodles are unlike any dish on a take-out menu I’ve ever seen (outside of an ethnic neighborhood). So I hope you take the opportunity to enjoy these noodles on your table soon! Happy Lunar New Year!
Jap Chae Noodles with Mushrooms and Bok Choy
- 240g (8 ounces) dry bean threads or sweet potato noodles
- 2 teaspoons pure sesame oil
- 1 to 2 Tablespoons cooking oil
- 3 green onions, sliced into 1-cm pieces
- 1 large carrot, cut into matchsticks
- 4 cloves fresh garlic, minced
- 2 medium shallots (65 g) or 1/2 cup onion, thinly sliced
- 4 to 6 large shiitake mushrooms, thinly sliced (fresh if possible)
- 1 + 1/2 cups baby bok choy, trimmed, rinsed and drained
- 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons coconut palm sugar or brown sugar
- 1 Tablespoon (or more) sesame seeds
- Bring a large pot of water to boil and cook noodles for 4 to 5 minutes until translucent. Drain noodles and rinse in cold water. Pour sesame oil over noodles and toss to coat with oil.
- In a large wok or skillet, heat cooking oil over medium-high heat. Stir in garlic and shallots and cook for about 1 minute until fragrant, stirring constantly. Add carrots and stir fry for 1 minute. Next add mushrooms and baby bok choy. Stir fry together until bok choy starts to wilt.
- In a small bowl, whisk together sugar and soy sauce. Add noodles and sauce to vegetables in wok or skillet; stir fry for several minutes until evenly mixed and heated through. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve noodles warm.
Adapted from Steamy Kitchen
Shared at Allergy Free Wedesday.