Making Japchae with my Korean Grandma (Halmoni-approved Glass Noodles!)

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We might not look alike, but this is my grandma. Like so many of us, I am a product of divorce. No need for pity, it happened when I was 2 and having divorced parents was DOPE. 2 holidays, 2 awesome families, I mean… I got lucky.

There isn’t enough text allowed in this post and I’m not good enough with words to describe the type of woman grandma is; she’s a bad-ass, a hard-ass, a hustler and a comedian all at the same time. I want to thank my grandma, for sponsoring the majority of our family dinners out to KBBQ. I also want to thank my stepmom Kim for introducing me to Korean food as a kid. Without the influence of these two powerful woman in my life, I wouldn’t know jack shit about Korean food and culture.

Here's the ingredient list and, to be honest, I couldn't tell you the technique because my grandma... cooks like a grandma! Nothing is measured. I hope you like our video, she's the best. Thanks Halmoni!🤘🏼 Adam

“Japchae” (잡채) Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces beef, cut into batons

  • 5 large dried Shitake shrooms, soaked for 30 mins then sliced thin

  • 4 garlic cloves, minced, divided

  • 2 Tbsp Sugar, divided

  • 3 Tbsp Light Soy, divided

  • 3 Tbsp Toasted Sesame Oil, divided

  • 2 Whole eggs, whisked

  • 1 medium bunch spinach, blanched and chopped

  • 6 oz Sweet Potato Starch Noodles

  • 3 green onions, cut crosswise into 2 inch long pieces

  • 1/2 Onion, sliced thinly

  • 1 medium Carrot, matchsticks

  • 1 small Red bell pepper, cut into thin strips

  • Black Pepper + Kosher Salt TT

  • Neutral Oil

See the video here! -

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