Korean Chap Chae??

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 01, 2013 at 2:57 AM

I lived in Seoul, Korea for over 3 years, and loved the food! Some of my faves, are fine with Paleo - but today I was in the Korean market looking for galangal for Thai cooking, and was looking around, and started reading ingredients of some of the noodles. One of the noodle dishes, chap chae is made with a clear noodle. The ingredients were: Sweet Potato Flour, water. That was it... I have googled this and searched high and low, and all of the "paleo" chap chae recipes use kelp noodles, not the noodle with sweet potato powder. It seems like this is the perfect paleo noodle! What am I missing?

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on August 01, 2013
at 03:18 AM

They are indeed made from sweet potato starch. I ate a lot of japchae when I was in Korea. Have found it sold at Asian grocers here at home and use it on the odd occassion when I fancy some good Asian-fare. Korean food, get in ma'belly... nom nom.



on August 01, 2013
at 01:16 PM

It's a refined processed flour, albeit gluten-free. But carbohydrates aren't the devil, so eat up, it's yummmy.



on August 01, 2013
at 08:47 PM

They are awesome! That's one of my favorite Korean dishes. A lot of stuff in Korean food is quite paleo, but not all. Love all the little appetizers they serve before the meal such as the little tiny whole smelts, etc.

A few years ago I used to live next to a Korean "Tofu" restaurant, but you don't need to eat/order the tofu dishes, or the wheat stuff.


on August 01, 2013
at 07:08 PM

I think they're super high in carbs...it's basically concentrated sweet potato starch. But yes, they're yummy.

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