This flavor is so rich. This healthy japchae is made with tons of vegetables straight from the fields. There's no need to rehydrate the harusame (cellophane) noodles. All you have to do is boil everything to make this easy dish.
Place the ★ ingredients into a small dish and cover with plastic wrap. Microwave until the mushrooms have softened. Combine the ● ingredients and the ★ liquid from the mushrooms in a frying pan to dissolve. It's okay if some lumps remain.
Finely chop the shiitake mushrooms and vegetables. Cut the atsuage into thin bite-sized pieces. Use scissors to cut the cellophane noodles in half.
Add the atsuage to the ingredients from Step 1 and cook for 1 minute over medium heat. Add the noodles and mix so that the flavors completely soak in. Let it simmer for 2 minutes and then add the other vegetables.
Once the onions have cooked through, stop the heat and swirl in some sesame oil to finish.
Story Behind this Recipe
I was aiming for a delicious japchae that didn't use either meat or gochujiang. Even though this is a very healthy dish, it still tastes great. You don't need to feel guilty if you eat it to your heart's content. This recipe is perfect for dieters.
It will still taste great if the atsuage falls apart or crumbles, so don't worry about it and just vigorously mix it all up. If there isn't enough water, mushroom liquid, and sugar, it may become salty, so be careful.