I recently mentioned that the Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook is now available and that I am one of the bloggers featured in the book.

While I am definitely stoked to see a recipe of mine in print (thanks to the last name Abramson, I am very first listing in the index!), I’m also very excited about the other 99 recipes in the book: I’ve added post-it notes to quite a few of the pages because there are so many that I want to try.

This chap chae, submitted by Jenn from Amateur Gourmand, was first on my list. Chap chae (also known as jap chae) is a Korean dish of “glass noodles” that’s gluten-free and chock full of vegetables. I’ve never tasted it before, but I knew I would love it the first time I glanced over the ingredients.

Chap Chae with Tempeh

I adapted Jenn’s recipe a bit to make use of what I had on hand: I couldn’t find sweet potato vermicelli (the type of noodles generally used for chap chae) so I substituted mung bean cellophane noodles; I added tempeh for protein (you could try small pieces of organic chicken, pastured pork or grass-fed steak instead, if you like) and topped the dish off with homemade sriracha.

Jenn describes this dish as one of her favorite Korean comfort foods, and I can certainly see why. The noodles are very light, yet toothsome and satisfying, and absorb the sweet, salty and toasty flavors of the sauce. Another beautiful thing is that once the noodles are ready and you’ve prepped your vegetables, this chap chae comes together very quickly. It makes a nice light meal on it’s own, or feel free to serve it as part of a larger meal along with other Asian dishes.

Chap Chae with Tempeh

Serves 2-4

Ingredients:

* 2 bunches mung bean cellophane noodles (or 8 oz. sweet potato vermicelli noodles)
* 2 tablespoons organic coconut oil (or olive oil)
* 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil, divided
* 1 medium onion, peeled and sliced thin
* 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
* 2 cups baby spinach
* 3 carrots, peeled and julienned
* 3 scallions (green parts only), sliced
* 5 mushrooms, trimmed and sliced (I used organic button mushrooms)
* 1/2 medium zucchini, peeled and julienned
* 1/2 package (4 oz.) organic tempeh, sliced
* 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
* 3 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce
* 1 teaspoon organic sugar
* sesame seeds (optional)
* homemade or store-bought sriracha to taste

Directions:

1. Soak the mung bean vermicelli in hot water for 10 minutes. Drain and drizzle in a little sesame oil to keep the noodles from sticking together. If you are using the sweet potato noodles, cook them according the package directions, then proceed the same way.

2. In a large pan or wok over medium heat, heat coconut or olive oil and 1 tablespoon of the sesame oil.

3. Add onion and garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes.

4. Add the spinach, carrots, scallions, mushrooms, zucchini, and tempeh and cook for 4-5 minutes, until the vegetables are softened and the tempeh is cooked through.

5. Turn heat to low and add cellophane noodles, cilantro, tamari, sugar, and the rest of the sesame oil.

6. Mix to combine and stir-fry for another minute or two.

7. Taste and adjust seasonings. Add sesame seeds and sriracha to taste before serving.

Tempeh Chap Chae

More Chap Chae Recipes:
Jap Chae from Steamy Kitchen
Chap Chae from The Kitchn
Chap Chae from Momofuku for 2

 

17 Comments

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    Jac and Jenn — November 3, 2010 @ 1:39 pm

    so healthy and it looks rather filling too. Anything with tamari, is right up my ally :)

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    Roxan — November 3, 2010 @ 1:53 pm

    Jap chae is my husband’s favorite korean dish so when I decided to get in touch w my roots and finally learn how to cook korean food, jap chae was the first thing I made. I think it’s one of those dishes that’s universally loved by everyone! You can also use tofu for protein, or just omit it all together for a noodle and vegetable dish.

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    Evan Thomas — November 3, 2010 @ 2:32 pm

    This looks great! I’m always afraid to cook Asian dishes because the ingredients are usually unfamiliar to me but I love love love to eat them.

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    Jenn — November 3, 2010 @ 3:05 pm

    Your chapchae looks amazing – great job! I’ve got your salad recipe dog-eared in my book to try out soon. Congrats on the publication!

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    Phoo-d — November 3, 2010 @ 3:20 pm

    This sounds fantastic! I love tempeh but don’t use it enough. I love how fast everything comes together here too.

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    Trish — November 3, 2010 @ 3:35 pm

    Sounds amazing. Great flavors. I love tempeh. I don’t know why I don’t cook with it more often. Thanks for inspiring!

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    Pure2raw Twins — November 3, 2010 @ 4:46 pm

    Looks amazing!! Love all those flavors :)

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    Jennifer — November 3, 2010 @ 6:01 pm

    This does look amazing!! I must bookmark this and make it soon. I love how you’ve used coconut oil to cook with too! :)

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    Mariko — November 3, 2010 @ 8:11 pm

    I love chap chae. Thanks for posting the recipe!

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    Acquired — November 4, 2010 @ 1:36 am

    I love cellophane noodles, fab recipe.

    Contratulations on yur entry in the cookbook too.

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    Jeanette — November 4, 2010 @ 4:58 am

    Chap Chae is a delicious way to get vegetables into a meal. Congrats on have your recipe entered into the cookbook.

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    Jessica — November 4, 2010 @ 9:58 am

    This looks delicious! And an easy way to get veggies in a satisfying meal! :)

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    Monet — November 4, 2010 @ 11:14 am

    I can only imagine how flavorful this dish must be! Such a wonderful dish to serve on a cold, fall day. And we all need more vegetables! I’m so happy that you were able to be a part of this cookbook. Warmest Congratulations!

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    Susan — November 8, 2010 @ 6:18 pm

    I love Jap Chae. I have never made it before because of all the vegetable chopping, but I will have to get over this, as it’s such a wonderful dish.

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    Jessica — April 21, 2014 @ 6:32 pm

    I made this for a bbq over the weekend. I added 1/2 red pepper, Julienned, used shiitake mushrooms and rice vermicelli noodles (because I couldn’t find the sweet potato ones). Instead of sugar, I used agave nectar. It was a huge hit! I served it with sriracha on the side so that everyone could add as much as they liked. Will definitely be saving this recipe to use again and again. Thank you for sharing this!!

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