- 1 bunch japchae (sweet potato) noodles
- 2 bell peppers, roughly diced
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 shallot, chopped
- 1 small knob ginger
- 4 perilla leaves, thinly sliced
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 2 tbsp sesame oil
- sesame seeds (opt.)
- 1 quarter block Golden Curry mild curry roux *
- 2 tbsp bulgogi sauce
- 1-2 tbsp kimchi base sauce
- 1 tbsp cane syrup *
- 1 tbsp light soy sauce
- 1 tbsp whipped peanut butter
- 1 tsp rice wine vinegar
- 1 tsp cornstarch (opt.)
1) Bring a pot of water to a roaring boil. Add in japchae noodles and mix quickly. Remove and rinse with cold water before it softens. (See note.) Set aside.
2) Blanch the diced peppers until partially cooked. The colours will become a tad more vibrant, but shouldn't be able to be easily pierced by a fork. Rise with cold water and set aside.
3) In a medium bowl, dissolve the curry block with a small amount of hot water. Add in all sauce ingredients and mix well. Set aside.
4) Heat vegetable oil in a large pot. Over high heat, stir fry chopped onion, shallot, and ginger until fragrant and slightly golden.
5) Add in japchae and peppers, stirring to make sure that nothing adheres to the bottom of the pot.
6) Quickly add in the sauce mixture and toss to coat the japchae evenly. Feel free to add water at this stage to make the mixing process easier.
7) Add in sesame oil and any other sauce modifications if desired. Add perilla leaves.
8) Reduce heat to medium and continue stirring until sauce thickens. If too much water was added during the previous steps, mix cornstarch with a small amount of water and add it into the pot.
9) Remove from heat once sauce has thickened.
10) Let cool and top with sesame seeds (if desired).
11) Serve and enjoy!
- Admittedly, I overcooked the japchae noodles, causing the strands to disintegrate and adopt a mushy texture once the sauce was mixed in. As such, I would advise cooking the noodles only briefly, or simply rinsing them once before stir-frying.
- Rice wine vinegar is an optional ingredient, however I find that the tartness helps to balance the creamness of the peanut butter and curry roux. If available, fresh lime juice would be an even better alternative.
- Feel free to substitute cane syrup with sugar or honey.
- This recipe is versatile and can be altered based on one's dining preferences. Bits of ham or sausage can be added to the pot for a source of protein. It can also be made vegan with curry roux that is free of animal byproucts - Golden Curry contains "edible oil and fat" (derived from unspecified sources).
- While japchae noodles themselves are gluten-free, please be aware that the curry roux used in this recipe contains wheat.
- I used a mild curry block for this recipe, however feel free to adjust the spiciness to your liking.