Japchae | 잡채
Origin - Korea
Japchae is a sweet and savory Korean dish of chewy glass noodles and vegetables that is very popular in Korean cuisine. It is prepared with noodles that are made from sweet potato starch, that give it its translucent look and stir-fried with colorful assorted vegetables and thinly sliced beef.
Japchae is one of the most popular traditional Korean dishes that is often served on special occasions such as weddings, birthdays, parties, and potlucks due to the ease of bulk preparation. It can be served fresh from the pan or cold from the refrigerator and eaten the next day.
[ Fun Fact ]
Well-made Japchae should have a balanced sweet and savory flavor, crunchy vegetable textures, and chewy noodles!
[ History ]
First made in the early 17th century, Japchae was considered a luxurious and elegant dish that was served only to the royal families and high-level officials. However, Japchae was eventually adopted as food for common people as well. It’s popularity increased in the 20th century when glass noodles made from sweet potato starch were introduced to Korea from China.