If you like Asian noodle dishes, you will love Korean sweet potato noodles. With a delicious chew and coated in a tasty sauce, you would never know that japchae noodles are made from sweet potatoes and are naturally gluten-free!
Noodles. How do I love thee?
Let me count the ways. 🙂
Whether it’s spaghetti coated in tomato sauce, chow mein cooked up in a wok, or slurped up with soup, noodles dishes are so popular…and with good reason! Look at all the noodles wannabes out in the market now, made from zucchini, butternut squash…people want their noodles!
Japchae is a Korean noodle dish that includes tender beef, carrots, spinach, onions, and egg. There are variations, of course, some being without meat, but the core ingredient is the sweet potato noodles.
If you’ve never had Korean sweet potato noodles before, these are not made from fresh sweet potatoes that have been put through a spiralizer noodle maker. As with most Asian type noodles, these noodles are sold dried and are made from sweet potato starch and water. They don’t look particularly appetizing when you see them in their dried form, but once they have been cooked, they become glistening, translucent, delightfully chewy noodles that quickly absorb any flavorful sauce you toss with them.
You could certainly enjoy a dish of plain sweet potato noodles and sauce, perhaps with a sprinkle of chopped green onions and white pepper. I would be totally into a bowl of that!
Or you could take the extra steps and mix the noodles with the meat and veggies for a super delicious and more complete dish!
As I mentioned above, I make my japchae with onions, carrots, tender beef, spinach, and egg. It’s a little bit of everything that comes together to make an amazing something! Other possible vegetables you could use are shiitake mushrooms, bok choy, shredded cabbage, or zucchini. You can also keep it vegetarian by skipping the meat completely.
All the ingredients come together in one pan and before you know it, you have a flavorful Korean meal ready to enjoy.
If you’re making this japchae, you also have to check out my No-Cook 5 Minute Korean Chili Sauce (Gochujang). It’s a Korean condiment that is a breeze to make and it complements this noodle dish perfectly, giving it a bit of a delicious spicy kick!
If you love noodles and Asian flavors, then you have to give these Korean sweet potato noodles a try. And as I mentioned above, they are naturally gluten-free…yet another reason that makes this a must-try dish!
This post was originally published on January 23, 2017, but was republished in June 2019 with an updated recipe, new photos, instructional photos, and writing.