1. Making the kakiage In a large bowl, add leeks and shrimps. Mix. Then add katakuriko/potato starch and flour. Coat vegetables well with flour.
2. For tempura batter, add beaten egg in a medium bowl, then add ice water (2 tbsp) and vinegar (1tsp). Mix them. Pour the batter on the vegetables from #1 and mix lightly.
3. Prepare a large plate lined with paper towels (it will help absorb excess oil).
4. Add oil to a large saucepan to reach a depth of 5 cm. Heat up to 165~170°C at medium-high heat. Gently place a few battered vegetables in. While the batter fries, use your chopsticks to maintain the veggies shape until it has hardenned (other wise they might spread away from each other). Fry kakiage until they are golden brown. Drain excess oil on the paper towel plate. Set aside.
5. Prepare the udon soup In a big cooking pot add 2L water, add soy sauce, mirin, sugar, salt and dashi powder. Bring it to a boil. That's your soup.
6. Bring another large pot of water to boil for udon cooking. Once the soup and the kakiage are ready, cook udon noodles in the water. For the time to boil udon, follow the package instructions. Heat up the noodle soup at the same time.
7. Serve udon and soup in bowls and top with kakiage!
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 frying-pan, heat 1 tbsp vegetable oil and fry all the ingredient A until wilted.
2. Add the ingredient B to season. Let it cool to room temperature.
3. Transfer the mixture and sesame oil to a food processor and process until smooth. Spread the mixture on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Bake at 105 to 110 C degrees until it's dry and crispy (about 3 hours). Stir from time to time.
4. Let it cool to room temperature, transfer into a food processor and pulse until it becomes fine crumbs.
Store the stock powder in an airtight glass jar in the fridge.