Our vegetarian take on the classic Korean noodle dish comes together in a flash, so make sure to have all your ingredients ready before cooking. Serve with other banchan (Korean side dishes) such as kimchi.


Credit: Bryan Gardner

Recipe Summary

30 mins
40 mins
Serves 8 to 12 as a side; Makes about 7 cups


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • In a medium bowl, stir together soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, and 1/2 teaspoon salt until sugar dissolves; set aside.

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add noodles and cook according to package instructions. Drain. Run under cold water to stop cooking; drain again, shaking to remove excess water. Transfer to a bowl and toss with sesame oil. Using kitchen shears, cut noodles in a few places.

  • Heat a large heavy-bottomed skillet (preferably cast iron) over high until smoking, 4 to 5 minutes. Add oil and swirl to coat. Add mushrooms and scallion lengths; cook, stirring, until softened and charred in places, 2 to 3 minutes. Add carrots, season with salt, and cook, stirring, until softened, 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium; add spinach, soy mixture, and noodles. Gently toss to combine. Cook until heated through and sauce coats noodles, 2 minutes more. Adjust seasoning as desired. Sprinkle with scallion tops and sesame seeds; serve.

Cook's Notes

You can find Korean sweet potato noodles at most Asian supermarkets or online.