Chapjae – korean stirfry noodles


My Yobo loves this dish.  What is there not to love? Sirloin strips, veggies, eggs and noodles all mixed together in a salty sweet sesame sauce!  The kids enjoy it too, each of them for different reasons.  Jaina likes the long noodles, Kyah prefers all the ‘stuff’ and Taron can’t get enough of the egg.  I love how easy it is to put it all together and have them all impressed.

The recipe:

The time you need: Since I like to cook but don’t have lots of time to spend in the kitchen, I try to make everything quick and easy

Prep time: 15 – 20 minutes   Cooking time: 15 minutes

The things you need:

  • 500 g package Glass noodles (the long clear potato ones)
  • 3/4 lb sirloin strips
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 package frozen spinach (or 4 c fresh spinach blanched)
  • 1 onion
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1/2 zucchini
  • mushrooms (I didn’t have any when I made them today and they are not the kids favourite but they are yummy in this)
  • 5 eggs
  • soy sauce
  • sesame oil
  • sugar
  • garlic
  • black pepper
  • rice vinegar
  • sesame seeds

The how to:

  • marinate the beef in 1 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp garlic, 1 tsp sugar, 1 tsp rice vinegar and pepper
  • thinly slice the vegetables and cut into 1.5 inch pieces (using a mandolin makes this easy!)
  • drain the spinach and season with 1 tsp garlic, 1 tsp soy sauce and 1 tsp sesame oil
  • beat the eggs and fry a thin omelette. Cut into thin slices and 1.5 inch pieces
  • boil the noodles according to the package instructions (usually 6-7 minutes. Do not over cook!)
  • stir fry the beef and the veggies
  • drain the noodles and rinse with cold water to avoid sticking or just quickly coat in a mixture of 1/4c soy sauce, 2 tbsp sesame oil, 1 tbsp sugar. Be sure to mix well and have the noodles thoroughly coated.  Add more of the mixture if necessary. (Note: I find this the trickiest part.  I use my chop sticks and mix from the middle out.  That is how my mother-in-law taught me.  Feel free to mix however works best for you)
  • add the spinach, stir fried veggies and beef and mix as best you can. Mix in the egg strips.
  • serve and garnish with sesame seeds.



6 thoughts on “Chapjae – korean stirfry noodles

  1. We’re going to have this tonight. I think I may have bought slightly different noodles…they’re sweet potato noodles (made from the starch). Do you use a whole package of noodles?

    • So fun! I usually use the whole package depending on the size of the package. I usually use 500grams and it feeds the family.

  2. This. was. delicious!! Thank you for posting this. My family was raving about it. They are familiar to stirfry but they absolutely loved the noodles. So, needless to say, this will be making its way onto our meal plan a few times in the future for sure!

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