1. In a small bowl, add all the seasoning ingredients and mix well. Set aside.
2. Cook the spinach in boiling water (for a few seconds) and cool it down with cold tap water. Squeeze the spinach to remove excess water and mix with 1/4 tsp salt and dash of pepper. Cut roughly if you like and set aside.
3. In another bowl, add the beef and soak with 2 tbsp seasoning mixture from #1. Set aside.
4. In a frying-pan, heat 1 tbsp sesame oil, add the beef and 1/2 tbsp garlic powder. Cook until the beef is no longer pink. Transfer to the plate and set aside.
5. Using the same frying-pan (as is, without washing) heat 1 tsp sesame oil (or vegetable oil) and fry carrot lightly or until wilted according to your taste. Do the same separately for onion, mushroom and red bell pepper, adding 1 tsp sesame oil or vegetable oil each time.
6. Heat 1 tsp oil in another frying pan over medium heat. Pour beaten eggs to the pan and swirl the pan to cover the surface of the pan in a thin layer. Cook until just set, then flip over and cook for a few seconds. Transfer the egg to a plate to let cool. When its cooled, roll up and cut into thin ribbons. Set aside.
7. Boil Korean noodles according to package directions or 6 to 7 minutes. Wash with cold water and drain well.
8. In a large wok, heat 1 tbsp oil and place the cooked noodles. Pour the seasoning sauce from #1 over the noodle. Fry gently to warm it up over low heat for a few minutes. Add all the cooked beef and vegetable (carrot, onion, mushroom, leek, spinach and paprika) and stir well.
9. Transfer to a serving plate and garnish Japchae with the eggs and sprinkle some white sesame over it.
1. In a non-stick frying pan, place the sliced pork (one by one) and cook until well browned and crispy over high heat. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate to remove excess oil. Remove the oil from the pan, and repeat the same until all the pork is done. Set aside.
2. In a small bowl, add all the seasoning ingredients and mix. Set aside.
3. In a wok (or frying pan), heat 1 tbsp vegetable oil and fry the garlic and ginger until fragrant. Add the cooked pork, then pour the sauce. Mix.
4. Add the leek and saute lightly. Serve hot!
If you want to keep more crispy for the pork :
After you fry the garlic and ginger, first you add the leek and the sauce, saute lightly to coat the leek with sauce evenly, finally add the pork. Mix quickly until the pork is coated with the sauce.
1. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredient A and the seasoning ingredients. Mix well. Add the lard (optional) as per your taste and mix.
2. Prepare a large flat tray with about 1cm of water depth (I add some soy sauce or cola in the water to get a nice brown color). Submerge one sheet of rice paper for a second, then lay it on your work surface.
3. Place 1 to 2 tablespoons of the filling (depending on your rice paper size) at the centre or the bottom third of the rice paper, fold each of the sides in and roll up till the end tightly.
4. Heat a generous amount of oil in the pan until the small bubbles appear around the chopstick. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Add a few of the nem rolls and deep-fry for about 5~7 minutes or until nicely brown on all sides and cooked through. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel to drain off the excess oil. Repeat with the remaining spring rolls.
50 spring roll wrappers (approx) - I use 10 x 10 cm square
1. In a bowl, add all the ingredients A and mix.
2. Lay a spring roll wrap flat, tip down. Place the filling mixture centered on the wrap. Roll up tightly. Dab a little 'glue' mixture along the edges to seal (right, left, then roll as per picture). Repeat until you use up the filling mixture.
3. Pour enough oil in a wok or large saucepan and heat on medium-high until hot : Stick in a bamboo chopstick, if bubbles appear, it's hot enough. Place the rolls gently in the oil and cook for both sides, turning occasionally, until nicely and evenly golden. Transfer them to a plate lined with paper towels to drain the excess oil. Repeat with the remaining spring rolls.