Chapchae (Noodles with Beef and mixed Vegetables)

Ingredients of Chapchae (Noodles with Beef and mixed Vegetables)


  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 8 ounces beef eye round, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 1⁄2 teaspoons minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons gochujang or 2 teaspoons sambal oelek
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon dark sesame oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • cooking spray


  • 1 (3 3/4 ounce) package uncooked cellophane noodles
  • 1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cups sliced shiitake mushroom caps (about 6 ounces mushrooms)
  • 1 cup diagonally sliced green onion
  • 1 cup julienne-cut carrot
  • 1 (10 ounce) bag fresh spinach

Miscellaneous Ingredients

  • 1⁄3 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dark sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted

How to Make Chapchae (Noodles with Beef and mixed Vegetables)

  1. To prepare beef, sprinkle cornstarch over beef; toss to combine. Add 1 tablespoon soy sauce and next 4 ingredients (1 tablespoon soy sauce through 3 garlic cloves); toss well to coat. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  2. Heat a large nonstick skillet or wok coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add beef mixture; stir-fry 3 minutes or until done. Remove mixture from pan. Cover and keep warm.
  3. To prepare noodles, pour boiling water over noodles; let stand 10 minutes or until tender. Drain and rinse with cold water. Drain. Snip noodles several times with kitchen shears.
  4. To prepare vegetables, wipe skillet or wok clean with paper towels. Heat 1 teaspoon sesame oil and vegetable oil in pan over medium-high heat. Add red pepper and 5 garlic cloves; stir-fry 30 seconds. Add mushrooms, onions, and carrot; stir-fry 3 minutes. Add half of spinach; stir-fry 2 minutes or until spinach wilts. Add remaining spinach; stir-fry 2 minutes or until spinach wilts.
  5. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add beef mixture and noodles to pan, stirring well to combine. Combine 1/3 cup soy sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, and 1 tablespoon sesame oil, stirring with a whisk. Drizzle over noodle mixture; stir well to combine. Cook over medium-low heat 3 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

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