Friday, June 11, 2010


I cooked Chapchae last night for my sister's birthday today. Well, it's the first birthday she's celebrating without our mom, so I decided I should at least cook her something. Chapchae is common party food in Korea. It's just like spaghetti or pancit. One of the reason it is presented in a party, especially for a birthday, is for prosperous long life.

Chapchae is easy to make but needs a lot of preparations... heheh. I don't cook with measuring cups or spoons. So, this recipe won't have any measurements indicated. Up to you to just season it.. it's not so hard anyways.

1 large bag-for 20 Korean Vermicelli (you can find this in all Korean stores)
1 handful of Tree Ear mushrooms (optional)
1 medium size onion
1/2 medium size carrot
1 pimiento
1 yellow bell pepper
300g beef thinly sliced (without the fat)

Soy sauce
Vegetable Oil
Sesame Oil
Sesame seed
Ground black pepper
Minced garlic


Soak the Tree Ear mushroom in water. It will absorb the water and double the volume. Once the mushroom are soft... remove the hard part at the center, then cut them into bite sizes.

Cut all of the vegetables into julienne cut. Saute each of the vegetables and put them all together in a large mixing bowl to cool. Don't saute them all at once since the time for each vegetable to cook is different, and the whites might get dyed. :D

In the pan, put the meat and mushroom together. Add a teaspoon of minced garlic, ground pepper, a bit of soy sauce, and a dash of salt. Mix them well, and saute. Saute in medium heat, until there are only little meat juice left. Put it in the mixing bowl.

Boil water in a pot. Once the water is boiled, add the vermicelli and stir them once in a while. Don't follow the instruction on the package.. boil them until the noodles are soft.. you can take one out, and eat to check. Cook until the noodles are soft. Afterwards, wash the noodles in cold water and let it drain.

In a pan, add vegetable oil, and put the vermicelli in it (do grab the noodles and cut them up.. since they are very long). In a medium heat, add soy sauce (just pour around the noodles a bit) and saute the noodles. The color might be different from the image since there are different kinds of soy sauce.. make sure it's not too salty. Once the whole noodles are covered in soy sauce, pour them in the mixing bowl. You have to repeat this procedure  2~3 times depending on the size of the pan.

Finally.... whew it's harder to write then actually cook... add about 3 tbsp. of sugar (approximate), soy sauce, sesame oil, and sesame seed. NOTE: the noodles and the meat has already been little seasoned so don't put too much salt and soy sauce at first. Mix them all together first and taste them. Add more sugar according to your desired taste... the final chapchae should be a little bit sweet.

Well, if you followed my recipe and successfully made chapchae, GOOD FOR YOU!!!
Leave a comment and let me know how it turned out!!! :D


  1. Finally.... whew it's harder to write then actually cook...

    >>> I thought so too! This is a super long post, with matching pictures. This is crazy! Kudos to you!

    I still remember Chapchae - the way Eun Mee does it! (my stomach is empty right now... grrrr! I hate myself for reading this!)

  2. Off topic:

    1. I thought you were going to remove the word verification thingie? Got spams so far? :))

    2. Your brother wasn't at his place earlier, just left the stuff with the lobby guard. :) We got lost around Ayala (haha, you know how bad I am at that), good thing I was with Sonny or I'll just cry! OMG!

    3. The shirts will go to Janna and Rowena and I don't know who else. It's up to Pia.

    4. Sorry, I posted a lot of off-topic comments than expected. You're not online, I'll be out of town tomorrow, so just making sure you'll get the message. ;)

    5. BTW, how did Eun Sang's birthday dinner go? Off topic again. Haha!

  3. I didn't think it'll be this long... hahah on my next visit, will think of something else to cook for u instead of chapchae...

    RE offtopic: there's the email~~~ :P
    1. word verification: i think i clicked it by mistake.. no more word veri now.
    2. Really GOOD thing sonny was with you
    3. Yeah totally up to Pia
    4. No prob.
    5. We enjoyed it. Had ice cream cake at home afterwards

  4. Hahaha, is this a chat room? :))

  5. hehe you started it :D
    comment on chapchaE!!!

  6. i loove chapchae and korean food! :)
    lovely blog. i followed you!

  7. hahah thanks! i followed you too!

  8. OMG my favorite subject: FOOD! I will definitely try these recipes now. It'll save me money from those All You Can Eat places. Haha Thank you!

  9. hahaha this is easy to make... just take a bit of time though.. :D