Chapchae

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Title: Chapchae
Yield: 4 Servings
Categories: Main Dishes, Korean, Vegetarian

Ingredients:

2 oz Cellophane mung-bean noodles
6 Chinese black mushrooms
1/3 lb Tender spinach leaves
1 Carrot
1 sm Zucchini
3 md Mushrooms
2 Chinese cabbage leaves
4 Scallions
4 tb Vegetable oil
1 tb Sesame oil
3 Garlic cloves, minced
1 tb Japanese soy sauce
1 ts Sugar
1/2 ts Salt


Soak the Chinese mushrooms in 1 cup hot water for 20 minutes. When they
have softened, cut off the hard stems and slice the caps fine. Drop the
spinach into 10 cups of boiling water. Boil rapidly for 2 minutes. Drain.
Run under cold water. Squeeze out as much moisture as possible. Peel the
carrot, cut into 3 sections and then into fine julienne strips. Wipe off
the fresh mushrooms and break off their stems. Cut the caps into very fine
slices. Cut the nonwoody part of the stems into matchstick pieces. Cut
away and discard the curly, tender part of the cabbage leaves. Save only
the V-shaped core of the leaves. Cut this into julienne strips. Cut the
scallions into 2-1/2-inch sections. Quarter the section with the bulb
lengthwise. Combine the Chinese mushrooms, spinach, carrot, zucchini,
mushrooms, cabbage, and scallions in a bowl. Mix well, separating all the
spinach leaves. Heat the vegetable oil and the sesame oil in a wok or a
10-inch saute pan over a medium-high flame. When hot, put in the garlic.
Stir and fry for 10 seconds. Add all the vegetables in the bowl. Stir and
fry for 3 to 4 minutes or until the vegetables are tender-crisp. Turn the
heat to low. Add the drained noodles, soy sauce, and salt. Stir well,
distributing the noodles evenly, and cook 2 to 3 minutes. Taste for
seasonings.