Anyone who thinks of glass noodles as a lengthy and complicated meal has never eaten vegan fried glass noodles “Japchae”. Because these glass noodles are anything but boring and complicated to prepare. Japchae is a popular noodle dish in Korea and consists of thin glass noodles, vegetables and a sweet and sour sauce. In this recipe we will show you how you can easily prepare vegan glass noodles Japchae.
What are glass noodles?
Glass noodles are a popular part of Asian cuisine and are often used in salads or soups. They are made from starch and water and have a soft, silky texture.
The most important ingredients for glass noodles are starch, which is obtained from peas, corn or rice flour, for example, plus water and sometimes algae. Rice flour is made from rice grains that are soaked in water and then ground. Water is an important ingredient to get the right consistency of the pasta. Seaweed is a special type of seaweed that is commonly eaten in Asian countries. Glass noodles are commonly used in Asian dishes as they are a healthy and tasty alternative to pasta.
The glass noodles must be thin so that they are light and transparent later. If they’re too thick, they’ll get mushy and won’t be able to get crispy.
The glass noodles are then cooked in boiling water for a few minutes until soft and transparent.
Japchae – a delicious vegan dish from South Korean cuisine
Glass noodles Japchae is a Korean noodle specialty made from fried glass noodles and various types of vegetables. This dish is particularly popular as it is both healthy and tasty. The noodles are very light and can also be served as the perfect accompaniment to any dish.
Fried Noodles Ingredient List:
Glass noodles: are a healthy choice as they contain no gluten and are high in fiber. They are also easily digested and are a good choice for people who suffer from digestive problems. These noodles are great for Asian dishes as they absorb the flavors of the sauce well. They can also be used in salads and soups and they are a healthy and tasty choice for your meals.
Shiitake: these mushrooms are a very special type of mushroom that grows in many Asian countries. They have a very intense taste and are very aromatic. Many people in Asia eat them as part of their main meal. They are very nutritious and contain many important vitamins and nutrients. They are also a good source of fiber. Fiber is important for healthy digestion. Shiitake mushrooms are very easy to cook and very tasty. You can cook them with rice, pasta or vegetables. You can also fry them in a pan or cook them in a pot.
If you don’t get any shiitake, you can use king oyster mushrooms, oyster mushrooms or button mushrooms.
Vegetables: You can use almost any vegetable you want for the vegetable julienne. You can prepare julienne from carrots, onions, tomatoes, zucchini, peppers and spring onions. I also opted for spinach. Don’t use baby spinach here, though, as the stalks bring a better texture to the pasta and the leaves are more flavorful.
Topping: for the perfect seasoning you can refine your dish with a topping of fresh coriander, sesame and peanuts. This combination gives your dish an exotic aroma and a crunchy texture. Try it out and let us know what you think!
if you like our fried glass noodles, you might also be interested in these dishes:
- Asian cucumber salad
- Broccoli with Asian Garlic Sauce
- easy vegan celery salad
- Wholemeal spaghetti with lamb’s lettuce pesto
- Baked sweet potatoes on tahini yogurt
- quick pasta alla vodka
- more pasta ideas…
Vegan Fried Glass Noodles “Japchae”
- Cooking pot*
- BBQ tongs*
for the pan:
- 100 g glass noodles
- 4-6 Shiitake mushrooms
- 1-2 carrots
- ½ Red pepper
- 1 Onion
- 2-3 clove of garlic
- 2 spring onions
- 60 g leaf spinach
- 100 g tofu optional
- 1½ tablespoon vegetable oil
- sesame black/white roasted
- Chili Flock
for the sauce:
- 1 tablespoon Sesame oil
- ½ tablespoon white sesame roasted
- 2 tablespoon light soy sauce
- 1½ tablespoon Brown sugar
- ¼ teaspoon Black pepper*
- Remove the stalks from the shiitake mushrooms and cut the caps into strips.
- Peel carrots and cut into julienne.
- Wash the peppers, deseed, remove the white separating skin and cut into strips like the carrots.
- Peel onion and cut into strips.
- Peel and finely chop the garlic.
- Wash and trim the spring onions and cut into fine rings.
- Wash the spinach gently but thoroughly. Then spin dry.
- In a bowl, mix the sesame oil with the soy sauce, brown sugar, toasted sesame seeds, and black pepper. Stir until the sugar has dissolved. Put aside.
Cook the glass noodles:
- Cook the noodles according to package directions (8-10 minutes). Drain through a sieve and rinse well with cold water to stop the cooking process. Use scissors to cut the long noodles slightly shorter. Drizzle about 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil over the pasta and mix well. Also set aside.
Roast and serve vegetables:
- Heat vegetable oil in a wok or deep pan over medium-high heat.
- First add the onion and sauté for 2-3 minutes until slightly softened. Then add the garlic and simmer for about another minute.
- Before the garlic gets colored, add carrot strips and pepper strips. Fry until everything is soft.
- If you want to stir-fry some tofu, add it now and stir-fry for a further two minutes.
- Next add the shiitake mushrooms and spinach. Mix well and fry for 1 to 2 minutes.
- Reduce the heat to low. Add the glass noodles, the pre-made sauce, and the chopped spring onions. Mix everything well.
- Pour into bowls or plates. Enjoy garnished with additional green onions, toasted sesame seeds and chili flakes!
Try this delicious vegan japchae recipe!
These Vegan Glass Noodles Japchae are a delicious, easy dish that’s perfect for a quick meal!