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Dinner Tonight: Korean Japchae (Noodles with Spinach, Carrot, and Beef)

I've been living for the past four years with a jar of kimchi in the fridge, and have explored Korean barbecue for the past two. But for some reason I had never sat down to japchae until a few weeks ago. Instead of aggressive and spicy, it was comforting and calming—the kind of home-style dish that I could imagine needing during a hectic week. This version from The Steamy Kitchen Cookbook is a good recreation, even if I did have to bump up the soy sauce factor.

Japchae is really about the combination of Korean noodles and thinly sliced vegetables, like carrots and onions. The mushrooms and spinach help to bulk it out and the beef adds some protein. The sauce is just a mixture of soy sauce and brown sugar, but you can definitely add chili flakes if you're feeling up to it.

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