Chap Chae

November 16, 2021 / By Foodland

Chap Chae

A rich, flavorful and popular dish that is often served as a panchan or side dish in Korean cuisine. It’s super easy to make and perfect for any get together.
Course Side Dish
Servings 4 Servings


  • 4 ounces mung bean noodles or dangmyeon(sweet potato starch noodles)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons shoyu
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, plum sized(peeled, root end removed, sliced thinly with the grain)
  • 1 medium carrot(peeled, stem removed, cut into thin matchsticks)
  • 2 large dried shiitake mushrooms(soaked in warm water for 2 to 3 hours, cut into thin strips)
  • 2 cloves garlic(minced)
  • 0.5 red bell pepper(seeded, destemmed, white pith removed, cut into thin strips)
  • 3 green onion stalks(cut crosswise into 2-inch-long pieces)
  • 0.25 pound spinach(washed and drained, blanched, drained and rough chopped)
  • 0.25 pound cooked sliced Bulgogi(beef teriyaki or deboned Kalbi)
  • 1 large egg(beaten, fried, sliced into strips)
  • kosher salt
  • ground black pepper


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.  Put the noodles into the boiling water, cover and cook for 1 minute. Stir noodles with a wooden spoon, so they don’t stick together. Cover and keep cooking for approximately 5 minutes until the noodles are soft and chewy.
  2. Strain and cut them a few times with kitchen scissors. Put the noodles into a large bowl. Add toasted sesame oil, shoyu, and sugar. Mix well by hand or a wooden spoon. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
  3. Heat up a skillet over medium-high heat and add 2 teaspoons vegetable oil, then onion, and cook for 1 minute. Add in the carrots and mushrooms and cook for an additional minute. Add in the garlic, bell pepper and the green onion, and a pinch of salt. Stir-fry for about 2 minutes until the onion looks translucent. Transfer to the noodle bowl.
  4. Add the spinach, egg, sliced bulgogi and sesame seeds. Mix it and taste. Adjust seasoning with sugar, shoyu, sesame oil, salt and pepper.  Transfer it to a large plate and serve.
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