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Low Carb JapChae

Low Carb Japchae!

A low carb version of a famous Korean dish.


  • 4 oz beef cut into strips.
  • 2 large dried shiitake mushroom soaked in warm water until soft, cut into thin strips.
  • 2 whole garlic clove minced. I used a couple of tsp of minced garlic from the fridge.
  • 1 tbsp xylitol
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce plus 1 tsp
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 ea egg yolk beaten fried and cut into strips
  • 4 oz spinach washed and drained
  • 4 oz of miracle noodles.
  • 2-3 whole green onions cut into slices
  • 1 medium onion thinly sliced
  • 1 medium carrot cut into matchsticks
  • 1 small bell pepper cut into thin strips
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil I think I used a mixture of olive and coconut oil


  1. Put the beef and shiitake mushrooms into a bowl and mix with minced garlic, sweetener, ground black pepper, soy sauce or tamari sauce if you are gluten intolerant, and sesame oil. Keep it in the fridge until you’re ready for it.
  2. Fry the beaten egg yolk until set. The pan doesn’t need to be very hot for this. Take it out and when it’s cooled just slice into thin strips. Set to the side.
  3. Heat your spinach in a microwave save bowl, and drain.
  4. Now you cook the miracle noodles. When you open them they are going to smell horrible and fishy. They don’t stay this way. You just need to rinse them really good. I usually rinse, then heat in the microwave, then rinse again. Repeat until the smell is gone. They are usually pretty long too, so cut them up with some kitchen scissors when they are cool enough to handle.
  5. Heat a skillet and add the onions and green onions in some oil and salt. Stir fry until the onion starts to look translucent. Transfer to a plate or bowl.
  6. Do the same for the carrots and peppers.
  7. Add the marinated meat and mushrooms last. Sir fry until the meat is no longer pink.
  8. Mix everything up in a large bowl or back in your skillet if it is big enough. Add a little extra garlic, sesame oil, sesame seeds, soy sauce and salt and pepper to taste.

Recipe Notes

That’s it! Serve and enjoy a nice bowl of Japchae without the sugar and carbohydrates.