most saturdays you’ll find me
unshowered at 3pm
no judgement please
if we don’t go out
i won’t shower until bedtime
it’s usually a battle of
what ends up happening is
something gets started
i get bored
and nothing is finished
currently our spare room
is empty of its usual dressing room fixings:
water cooler bottle that holds all our change
all that shit is
in the hallway
the fire marshall would have a fit,
if we had a fire marshall
it takes time
and the concentration
of a warrior to complete it
i am no warrior
instead i paused partway
and went into the kitchen,
not emerging until dinner time
the room may still have naked walls
i may walk into the room to grab undies
only to backtrack into the hallway to grab said undies
i may have skipped the whole painting step
and started on the whole decorating step,
a step i’m sure i’ll leave incomplete, ahem,
dinner was done
and in fact,
it was dinner for 3 nights
fine. you can call me part-warrior
japchae – vegan & gluten free
makes about 5-6 servings
*note: i don’t know if this authentic or not, this is just a guess based on the various times i’ve had it at restaurants etc. the vegs were in the pantry waiting to be used up, make use of whatever you have on hand or whatever is in season. i used tamari to keep it gluten free but soy sauce is fine too. personally, i liked this much better as a leftover than fresh.
1 package of korean sweet potato noodles
3 zucchinis, sliced into thin strips
3 carrots, peeled and cut into match sticks
half a medium onion, sliced
2 stalks of celery, diced at an angle (optional, dw likes fancy knife work)
3-5 dried woodear mushrooms, reconstituted in hot water, and then sliced thin
splash or two of soy sauce or tamari
drizzle of sesame oil
toasted sesame seeds, for garnish
oil for frying
cook up the noodles according to package instructions
in a big pot or pan, heat up some oil, whatever you wanna use, i used olive oil. add in the onions and carrots. saute for about 3-4 minutes, or however soft you want your carrots to be. next, add in the wood ear mushrooms and celery. at this point, add in a splash of soy sauce or tamari
add in the noodles AND zucchini strips, stir until everything is well mixed and the zucchini has been warmed though and has softened. add another splash or two of soy sauce or tamari, toss it till it’s mixed though
at the last second, drizzle in sesame oil to coat through. this is for fragrance mainly, not so much for taste. garnish with a sprinkle of sesame seeds.
15 thoughts on “japchae – vegan”
I love potato noodles but I couldn’t do 3 nights in a row. No judgement, just sayin’…. 😀
sometimes you just got to, and this dish can be eaten at room temp or hot.
Coming from someone who starts a huge job (sorting winter from summer clothes) the walks away to cook and blog, leaving said pile of clothes strewn over bedroom so there is nowhere to sleep. No judgement. Nice cooking. 🙂
man, i finished that project, only for the winter to linger and i’m layering tank tops to keep warm.
i have never had potato noodles, i will be looking for this. i have never had this dish before but i already know i am going to like it. and i am same way on the weekend – its either a productive day or nothing at all 🙂
i hope you like it. you might wanna check it out already prepared, they usually have it at korean grocery stores or restaurants.
My Saturdays are the same!…. I woke up, started some garlic butter for a garlic brioche (Two Red Bowls) but never did make the dough, so the butter is waiting for me for later. I started a movie, I didn’t finish it. I didn’t shower until 6pm 🙂 This dinner is so simple and wonderful! Must try soon.
here’s to hoping we have a more productive weekend coming up!
This looks really good Lan, never heard of sweet potato noodles before, they sound delicious. Good luck on finishing your room.
I love love love korean sweet potato noodles. Al dente and sweet! I have made a version with beef, but yours with zucchini and woodear mushrooms sounds just as delicious. I am making this next week! 🙂
hello, and welcome! please do let me know how this turns out for you.