Tasty Tuesday: Peanutty Jap Chae Recipe with Soba Noodles

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I updated my recipes page. All recipes are waist-friendly, most are vegetarian or vegan, many are raw or macrobiotic – there are tons of options. I will be updating the layout of the page soon (I hope) to make it more navigable and sortable, but for now I am so happy that ALL my recipes are actually listed. Go look! There are 214 recipes on there as of today. I am really happy that I have that as a history of my cooking for the last 3 years. Here is #214.

Korean Recipe Rehab: Healthy Jap Chae Recipe

Last night we ate in, and I cooked. I cooked! I have not truly cooked in ages and I have missed it so. I read Women’s Health this weekend and they had a recipe for Jap Chae (a traditional Korean recipe – it’s a noodle dish) and I wanted to make my own version of it. I used to make Jap Chae all the time, but that recipe is different from this one. It’s lower calorie, but not as filling.

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Since I’m not trying to lose weight I’m going to stick with this soba noodle jap chae recipe (which has a peanutty Pad Thai twist). Here is my Very Low calorie Jap Chae recipe. The one I’m about to post is still not that hefty either! It is certainly a waist-friendly recipe. (Note the options in parentheses after ingredients that can make it a lower calorie recipe – the mods are simple and shouldn’t change the taste.)

I opted to do this in typical Maggie fashion: a fusion Asian dish – soba noodles (Japanese), jap chae sauce (Korean recipe), and the addition of peanut butter (Thai) – it was awesome. Bobby agreed. This dish is even kind of macrobiotic; I approve of eggs on a macrobiotic diet.

Peanutty Jap Chae Soba Noodles (AKA Spunky Soba with a Twist)

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Ingredients (serves 3-4, depending on appetites)

  • 8 ounces soba noodles
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon (organic turbinado) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes (could do less)
  • 3 tablespoons PB2 or 2 tablespoons peanut butter (could do less but this makes it tasty)
  • 1-2 tablespoons peanut oil (could do less; could use sesame oil if you don’t have peanut)
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 5 cloves of garlic, crushed and roughly minced (could do less)
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 2 (non-recalled) eggs
  • 3-4 celery stalks, sliced
  • 1 medium zucchini, julienned

Method

  1. Prepare the veggies. You will add them in the order listed above.
  2. Prepare the noodles according to the package. (Usually boil for 4 minutes then drain.)
  3. Mix the sauce while the noodles are cooking: soy sauce, sugar, chili flakes, PB2/peanut butter. (Do not need to dissolve the sugar yet.)
  4. Heat the peanut oil on high heat in a wok or large pan. Add the onion, garlic, and carrots. Saute for 3 minutes.
  5. Beat the eggs with a fork. Push the veggies to one side of the pan; add the eggs and scramble them there. It is ok if everything mixes together.
  6. Add the other veggies: celery and zucchini. Saute for 3-4 more minutes.
  7. Add the noodles (drained) and the sauce; stir a few times then turn off the heat. You can continue to mix to make sure everything is distributed evenly.
  8. Serve! This jap chae recipe is perfect alone: protein, carbs, and fat. Yum yum yum.

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For dessert I had grapes; Bobby had a nectarine. I haven’t been into sweets lately. So strange.

What’s your favorite noodle dish?

Here are some of my other noodly recipes:

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14 Comments on Tasty Tuesday: Peanutty Jap Chae Recipe with Soba Noodles

  1. Alisa - Frugal Foodie
    7 September, 2010 at 11:16 am (4 years ago)

    You should cook more often, this looks fabulous! Actually, I love peanut noodles like this, but unfortunately my husband isn’t as big of a fan. I also love rice noodle dishes, Vietnamese style – that we can agree upon :)

    • Maggie
      8 September, 2010 at 12:25 pm (4 years ago)

      @Alisa: We love Vietnamese too!

  2. Eden
    7 September, 2010 at 11:28 am (4 years ago)

    “non-recalled”! love it! I’ve made something similar but i didnt have peanut butter at the time so I used almond butter and it was fantastic! I think pad thai is my favorite noodle dish. i love how colorful it is and all the different textures. I’m a texture whore for sure.

  3. Stephanie
    7 September, 2010 at 1:19 pm (4 years ago)

    I absolutely LOVE korean food. I’m going to have to make this noodle dish to get us out of our (albeit tasty) bi-bim-bap rut.
    I don’t usually do noodles too often but I love cold soba noodles and pho is delicious.
    Thanks for the recipe :)

    • Maggie
      8 September, 2010 at 12:26 pm (4 years ago)

      @Stephanie: I don’t think I would mind a bi-bim-bap rut :D

  4. kelsey@snackingsquirrel.com
    7 September, 2010 at 2:50 pm (4 years ago)

    I LOVE SOBA NOODLES! theyre actually the only noodles i really enjoy eating and have a blast making them..plus i havent screwed up a pasta dish ever since i started using soba noodles instead. mmm these pics look succulent :P

    xo

  5. T. Lavon Lawrence
    7 September, 2010 at 3:06 pm (4 years ago)

    My goodness! This Blog is SO AWESOME!!! I’m sitting here SALIVATING looking at the dishes! Wow that looks tasty.

  6. coco
    7 September, 2010 at 3:24 pm (4 years ago)

    I have two favorite noodle dishes: one with bok choy, dry shrimp and shitake and the other one is stir-fry noodles with a bunch of crunchy veggies! I definitely want to try this, in china we have a noodle dish made with sesame paste and vinegar, for some reason, i can imagine this dish having similar taste! ;)

    I miss you too!!! Can’t wait to hang out with you again soon! ;)

  7. TheHealthyapron
    7 September, 2010 at 4:36 pm (4 years ago)

    Hi! New to your site and just wanted to say hello! That recipe looks great! I was actually going to make a similar one this week but opted out last minute because it had too many ingredietns I did not have!!

    I will have to save this one though! Thanks!

    • Maggie
      8 September, 2010 at 12:29 pm (4 years ago)

      @TheHealthyApron: Thanks for stopping by! Hope you enjoy :)

  8. Katie @ Health for the Whole Self
    7 September, 2010 at 4:40 pm (4 years ago)

    This looks great! I’m a huge fan of soba noodles. I actually think I have some in my pantry right now, so this dish will probably make it onto next week’s menu. Thanks for sharing! :)

  9. Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear
    8 September, 2010 at 1:42 am (4 years ago)

    This looks really great! I like noodles a lot, mainly easy stir frys but I’m always looking for new recipes :)

  10. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    8 September, 2010 at 1:46 am (4 years ago)

    this looks so yum!

    fave noodle dish would be spiralized zuke noodles + peanut sauce!

    :)

    • Maggie
      8 September, 2010 at 12:29 pm (4 years ago)

      @Averie: I still need to make that!!