Vegan Jap Chae Noodles Recipe

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Do you want delicious, healthy, and comforting noodles? Look no further than this Vegan Jap Chae Noodles Recipe. I hope you love this recipe as much as we do – we honestly go through phases where we eat this exact dish 3-5 times a week sometimes. It’s that tasty.

What is Jap Chae?

Japchae, also spelled as chapchae, is a popular Korean dish that consists of stir-fried glass noodles made from sweet potato starch. It’s incredibly versatile and soaks up whatever sauce you toss it in. It’s similar to tofu in that way. But it’s a popular alternative to traditional gluten noodles. Jap chae is naturally gluten free! Which makes it really healthy in more regards than one.

Jap Chae for Weight Loss

Jap Chae is great at helping you lose weight! It’s much healther than traditional noodles and is naturally low in fat. Curious to read more about its weight loss properties and why it’s a popular weight loss meal in Korea? It comes in a few forms too – from thinner vermicilli like noodles to thicker, chunkier noodles. Also – it can be eaten hot or cold which makes it even more versatile.

Where to buy Jap Chae Noodles

Depending on where you live, it’s possible you can find Jap Chae Noodles in your town. I live in Portland, so have a plethora of Asian grocery stores near me (H-Mart and 99 Ranch primarily) where there’s a whole section of Jap Chae Noodles to choose from.

If you don’t have any Asian Supermarkets near you – there’s always Amazon! This is my favorite brand of Jap Chae Noodles that you can buy straight on Amazon.

How to press and marinate your tofu

If you opt to use tofu like I did in this recipe, pressing your tofu helps it maintain a thicker and less fragile texture. I always press tofu to get the water out before cooking with it. I find that it allows it to soak in flavors more easily.

Here is the tofu press that I personally use (and love)

I highly recommend marinating it after pressing for optimal flavor. As pictured above, I just tossed a little bit of low sodium soy sauce into a ziploc bag and let it soak up all the sauce for a few hours.

Vegan Jap Chae

This easy and craveable Vegan Jap Chae is creamy, salty, and absolutely delicious. This is an easy recipe to whip up if you're craving Asian Noodles but without the guilt.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Korean
Servings 4


  • 1 Tofu Press Optional


  • 1 Block Super Firm Tofu
  • 2 Tablespoon Tahini
  • 1/3 Cup Reduced Sodium Soy Sauce
  • 1/8 Cup Reduced Sodium Soy Sauce (For Tofu)
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic
  • 8-12 Ounces Veggies
  • 1 Fistful Jap Chae Noodles (Equates to about 4 Ounces)
  • 1 Tablespoon Sesame Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Rice Vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey or Maple Syrup



  • Press your tofu to your desired consistency. I use super firm tofu that has very little water inside. Once pressed, I slice into planks to be placed into my marinade.
  • Add the 1/8 Cup Reduced Sodium Soy Sauce into a bag with the tofu planks. Let marinate for a few hours.
  • Put 1 Tablespoon of chosen oil into a pan on medium high heat
  • Add tofu planks one by one and cook evenly until desired cookness. I normally cook mine for about 10 minutes to get a nice "char" going on.


  • Cut your Jap Chae Noodles in half (This is a personal preference)
  • Grab one fistful and put into boiling water for 10 minutes.
  • Strain and put back into pot


  • Saute your chosen veggies (I normally use Snow Peas or Green Beans) over medium high heat.


  • Mix the soy sauce, tahini, garlic, sesame oil, rice vinegar, honey/maple syrup together in a bowl.

Fold it all together

  • Once all aspects of the meal are done – mix everything together in the strained pot of Jap Chae Noodles.. Thoroughly combine and enjoy.


This is a very forgiving recipe. You can substitute (Or Omit) the tofu if you want to make the recipe faster or don’t have a protein on hand. 
Keyword Asian Garlic Noodles, Jap Chae, Vegan Jap Chae
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