20 Feb '18

Japchae (Korean Noodle Stir-Fry)

This quick and easy Japchae (Korean Noodle Stir-Fry) recipe takes less than 30 minutes to make, it’s easy to customize with whatever veggies and protein you have on hand (or make vegan, if you want to go with tofu or veggies-only), and it’s totally delicious.

Japchae Korean Noodle Stir Fry with Chopsticks

This past weekend, we welcomed our second set of visitors to our new apartment here in Barcelona — our good friends, Nathan and Kerry, who flew all the way here from South Korea!

Yep, while the rest of the world was flooding their country for the Olympics, they made the 20-hour trip our way for a long weekend in the Spanish sunshine.  And oh my goodness, it was so good to have them here.  By contrast to most of our friends and family who are coming to visit us, both of these two had actually already visited Barcelona once before.  So instead of trying to cram in all of the touristy sites, we spent most of our time hopping from tapas bar to tapas bar, adventuring all around the city on foot, introducing them to the joys of vermut, and catching up together on lots of life together along the way.  Oh — and after a memorable adventure with Kerry to the Korean baths back in Seoul two years ago, we thought it only appropriate that she get to experience the baths here in Barcelona too.  So we spent a dreamy morning visiting this place.  The BEST.

Anyway, these two are our only other friends from Kansas City who are doing the expat thing right now.  So it felt extra special to have them be some of the first to visit our new home.  And of course, just having them here and being able to relate in conversations about the random joys, struggles, questions and stories of expat living was a total gift.  Love them lots.  And we already miss them lots.

So of course, what’s this food blogger to do when feeling all the feels after hugging these two good-bye and sending them back to Korea?  Stir-fry a batch of Korean noodles for dinner in their honor.  Naturally.  😉

Japchae Korean Noodle Stir-Fry in sauté pan


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