07 September 2013

Adventures in noodles: Vegan japchae

Tired of the same old creamy nooch-n-mac or Italian-style pasta salads? I'd like to recommend a delicious alternative... Japchae!

Garlic, peppers, onions and more... I'm getting bad breath
just looking at it.

The dish pictured above was loosely based on this recipe by Vegan8Korean. Typically japchae has a bit of meat in it, but it's so easy to just omit it and still end up with something amazingly tasty. You can switch up the veggies and seasonings a bit based on your taste and what you have around, but the only thing that you can't really substitute is the noodles - sweet potato starch vermicelli has a bouncy, chewy texture that wheat pasta just can't imitate. You can find this type of noodle at most Korean and Chinese supermarkets, or if that's not an option you can get them at inflated prices on Amazon.

Happy eating!


  1. Yum. I had this at a Korean restaurant here (Paris) a couple of weeks ago. Wasn't sure what the noodles were made from and now I need to go shopping - thank you!

  2. This looks great, I'll have to keep an eye out for those noodles.

  3. Oh I hope I can find these noodles -- this looks oh so good!

  4. I love japchae because of the funky noodles, but I can only find them in a Korean market.