Elimination diet recipes - "Chap chae"

"Chap chae" (2 servings)

Okay, it does not taste like actual chap chae because it’s lacking the defining elements of chap chae: soy sauce and sesame. But this dish inspired by chap chae is still pretty tasty, with the pine nuts and mushrooms lending a certain heartiness that is quite satisfying.


150 grams (5 oz) glass noodles (made from sweet potato)

1 ½ tablespoon olive oil

1 large yellow onion (or 2 small onions), thinly sliced

1 large clove garlic, minced

1/8 cup pine nuts

1 medium carrot, julienned

3 cups raw spinach

2 spring onions

6 large brown mushrooms

salt and pepper to taste


Boil water and pour over noodles in pot. Cover and allow to soak, about 10 minutes. Stir several times to assure the noodles don’t stick to each other. In the meantime, prep the vegetables.

Heat 1 tbsp of the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Sautee onions, garlic, and pine nuts for 2-3 minutes, until the onions start to turn translucent. Add carrot and spinach, cook for another 2 minutes. Run cold water over the noodles and allow to drain completely. Add mushrooms and cook for another minute or two. Add noodles and pour remaining ½ tbsp oil over them. Stir everything together and allow to cook for another couple of minutes, adding salt and pepper to taste. Do not overcook! Remove from heat and serve.