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Longevity Noodles

Longevity Noodles

Gung Hay Fat Choy! Lunar New Year, one of the most important holidays in China, starts today. But don’t worry, celebrations typically last for weeks. So you have plenty of time to throw your own Lunar New Year dinner party. And no such menu would read more

Shabu Shabu

Shabu Shabu

Shabu Shabu, one of Japan’s many takes on the hotpot, is a super fun and interactive meal to enjoy with family and friends. A glorious array of meats and veggies are beautifully arranged on platters, with some speedy sauces, while a simple broth simmers at read more

Green Curry Shrimp

Green Curry Shrimp

One of the most popular dishes at our restaurant is the Green Curry Shrimp. And it’s one of my favorites too. So I wanted to make a streamlined version that was easier to recreate at home. And I managed to keep all the fresh, herbal flavor that is the hallmark of  Thai green curry while making it something we can enjoy on a busy weeknight. Plump shrimp swimming in a fragrant coconutty curry broth-what’s not to enjoy?

green curry shrimp ingredients

Green Curry Paste

Yes, you can use a commercial green curry paste in a pinch, but making it from scratch adds explosive flavor. I use canned red curry paste all the time, but green curries rely on fresh herbs and aromatics, and the commercial varieties really can’t compete. I know the ingredient list looks long, but all you’re really doing is blitzing everything in the blender. And this can be made ahead of time, leaving you just 15 minutes cooking time when you’re ready to have green curry shrimp for dinner. The recipe makes more than you need, and freezes beautifully, so a homemade curry dinner is always within reach.

Start by soaking the dried shrimp, and get the other green curry paste ingredients prepped while they soak. Since everything goes into the blender anyway, you just need a rough chop here.

shallots green curry shrimp

blend green curry shrimp

You’ll only use about a third of the curry paste for this recipe, so divide and freeze the remaining paste for fast future dinners.

Veggie Packed Curry

One of the things that makes this Green Curry Shrimp so special is the variety and abundance of vegetables. Eggplant, onions, shiitake mushrooms, and spinach add so much texture and flavor.

eggplant green curry shrimp

onions green curry shrimp

coconut green curry shrimp

At this point I bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring and scraping to get up all those good browned bits. Then I lower the heat and cook until the eggplant has softened. Chinese eggplant softens pretty quickly, making it well suited for this dish. If you are using a standard globe eggplant, I think pre-cooking it either by roasting, frying, or baking might be best. You want the eggplant soft and creamy.

spinach green curry shrimp

green curry shrimp stir

This is a deeply flavorful curry, but it is not intensely spicy. If you like it hot, you can add more jalapenos to the curry paste, or add some chopped chilis to the finished dish. Make it an authentic Thai meal by serving it over rice to sop up the sauce and with some Boba Thai Tea!

I can’t wait for you to try this Green Curry Shrimp; we loved it as much as we love our restaurant version. Let me know what you think by rating the recipe below and leaving a comment. And show off your beautiful curry by tagging us in your pics @funkyasiankitchen, we love hearing from you and seeing your creations!




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Green Curry Shrimp

  • Author: Funky Asian Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 Minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: serves 4
  • Category: Main
  • Cuisine: Thai



Green Curry Paste:

  • 3 green chiles (like jalapeno or serrano) roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves
  • 2 lemongrass stems, trim and use only bottom 4 inches (If using frozen chopped, use 3 tablespoons)
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped galangal
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons dried shrimp, soaked in hot water for 15 minutes (use miso for vegetarians or omit entirely)
  • 1 tablespoon peeled and roughly chopped ginger
  • 2 large shallots, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 4 large kaffir lime leaves
  • 2 Tablespoons fish sauce (use 2 Tablespoons water and 1 teaspoon salt if vegetarian)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 Tablespoons light brown sugar

Green Curry Shrimp:

  • 3 tablespoons neutral oil
  • 6 tablespoons green curry paste, divided
  • 2 large cloves garlic minced
  • 1 Tablespoon peeled and minced ginger
  • 1 ½ lb large shrimp (21-25 size)
  • 1 can coconut milk (12-13 oz)
  • 3 Tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 medium chinese eggplant
  • ½ large onion, thinly sliced
  • 6 oz shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 ½ oz baby spinach (large handful)

For serving:

  • Hot rice
  • Limes Wedges


Make the Curry Paste:

  1. Drain the dried shrimp. 
  2. Place the dried shrimp, chilis, cilantro, lemongrass, galangal, garlic, dried shrimp, ginger, shallots, kaffir limes leaves, fish sauce, cumin, turmeric, coriander, black pepper, and brown sugar in a food processor or blender and process until smooth, about 1 minute. (If you’re having problems blending, add a tablespoon or two of water). 
  3. Set aside or refrigerate until ready to make the curry. (You will only use about ⅓ of the paste. You can split and then freeze the remaining paste to use for future curries.)


Prepare Green Shrimp Curry:

  1. Trim the stem off of the eggplant and then cut it into ½ inch pieces. (I used a roll cut where you turn the eggplant a ¼ turn after each cut. But you can just cut it into rounds.) Set aside.
  2. Trim the hard stems off of the shiitakes and discard. Cut the mushrooms into thick slices. Set aside.
  3. Heat a frying pan over medium heat and add the oil and 2 Tablespoons of the spice paste. Stir-fry for 1 minute until fragrant. Add the onions and stir fry for 2-3 minutes. (The paste may start to brown and stick to the bottom of the pan, but just keep scraping and stirring.)
  4. Add the ginger, garlic, eggplant and mushrooms and stir fry for another minute. Add the coconut milk, 4 more tablespoons of green curry paste, and 3 Tablespoons of fish sauce. 
  5. Bring the mixture to a simmer. Stir, scraping the bottom and sides of the pan. 
  6. Lower heat to medium, cover the pot with a lid, and cook for 4-5 minutes until the eggplant has softened. 
  7. Add the shrimp and cook for 2-3 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning with a little salt or fish sauce as needed.
  8. Add the spinach and stir to wilt. 
  9. Serve immediately with hot rice and lime wedges.


*Chiles can vary in spiciness; however, this is a mild green curry. For more heat, double the jalapenos in the paste recipe to 6 pieces or just add some chiles to the final curry itself.

Keywords: homemade curry paste, green curry, shrimp, thai food

Mushroom Dumplings

Mushroom Dumplings

Dumplings are always among the most popular appetizer choices on our menus, particularly the vegetarian ones because it’s an easy one to hook carnivores too. It’s a cliché to say “you won’t even miss the meat”, but when it comes to these Mushroom Dumplings, it read more

Crispy Shiitake Katsu

Crispy Shiitake Katsu

Sometimes you just want a fried, crispy, crunchy, snack. Bonus points if there’s a delectable sauce to dip it in. Enter Crispy Shiitake Katsu. Katsu is a Japanese comfort food, usually made with meat or seafood. Coated with panko, it is much lighter and crispier read more

Mushroom Japchae Noodles

Mushroom Japchae Noodles

Korean sweet potato noodles, known best in Japchae noodles, are magic. They manage to be gluten free yet not taste like sadness or cardboard. Their texture is slippery and chewy, they absorb flavorful sauces every bit as well as wheat varieties, and I could eat them every single day. Have I mentioned I love noodles? My Mushroom Japchae noodles are easy to prepare and universally loved. They make an excellent choice for Meatless Mondays. They sneak in a lot of veggies, and picky eaters will be so focused on the delicious noodles and sauce, they won’t even notice!

Let’s Get Cooking!

ingredients for mushroom japchae noodles

An Easier Way to Prepare Japchae

The actual translation of Japchae is ‘mixed vegetables’. But it has become synonymous with the sweet potato noodles used in the dish. One of the biggest differences you might notice in Japchae noodles is the preparation at home versus in a restaurant. Traditionally, the ingredients are chopped up and stir-fried one at a time, the noodles are boiled, and then everything gets tossed together with seasonings and sauce. This is a great way for home cooks to make huge bowls of Japchae, which are frequently served at room temperature at parties and get togethers.

Alternatively, at restaurants, the dish is more of a stir-fry. The vegetables, protein, noodles, and sauce are all stir-fried in a large pan. Both methods have their pros and cons. I find that it can be difficult at home to make a stir-fried noodle dish for several people if you do not have a large enough pan, but at the same time, cooking each vegetable separately can get a little tiresome.

While debating which method to write about, I remembered a technique that one of my favorite Korean home cooks used. If you’re a Korean food lover, you should definitely check out Maangchi’s food blog! Her infectious spirit and love of her native food is contagious. So thanks Maangchi! Her method of layering ingredients into a large heavy pot and cooking it so everything steam-fries is ingenious and it works really well.

So what are you waiting for?

First the Noodles

When you take the sweet potato noodles out of their packaging, you’ll notice how wiry and stiff they are. But once you give them a short soak in warm water, they become recipe ready. Japchae noodles are really long though, so I typically cut them into more manageable strands.

japchae noodles

Shiitakes, Cremini, and Enoki, Oh My!

While the noodles are softening, I prep the vegetables. And that means washing and slicing lots of mushrooms. At the restaurants, we often use mushrooms in vegetarian dishes because they mimic the texture and savory flavor you find in meat. And this Japchae has been popular with both vegetarian and non-vegetarians. The mushrooms give the dish a depth, you probably won’t miss the meat. Nonetheless, you could swap out some of the mushrooms for some beef to satisfy your inner carnivore as beef and mushrooms are a classic pairing- just saying.

I like to use a variety of mushrooms for a deep mushroom flavor and a fun presentation- the more the merrier! Shiitakes, creminis, enoki, trumpets–whatever you can get your hands on and looks good at the market. The shiitakes needs to be stemmed, and they get sliced with the cremini. For the enoki and trumpet mushrooms, remove the roots at the base (enokis are packaged with a growing medium you really don’t want to eat), and separate into small clusters. Finally, cut any of the larger trumpets into manageable pieces.

mushrooms for japchae noodles

After the mushrooms are prepped, I cut the zucchini, onion, and the scallions. For the zucchini, after washing and removing both ends, I slice it crosswise into 3 pieces. Then I cut those into half inch slices, and then matchstick them.

zucchini japchae

The scallions get cut into one inch pieces. I separate the light green and white part from the dark green ones. The dark green ones get used at the end of so they retain some of their bite.

scallion prep japchae

Now It All Comes Together:

Prepping the vegetables is definitely the longest part of making Mushroom Japchae Noodles. The actual cooking portion is very quick. First mix up all the sauce ingredients. Then you layer the ingredients in a heavy bottom pan. The mushrooms (except for the enoki) and onions go on the bottom, then the noodles, then the sauce, and then the zucchini. Finally the pale part of the scallions go on top. Then cover the pot, and cook for 10 minutes.

When the 10 minutes are up, add the spinach, enoki, and remaining scallions. Taste for salt and pepper and adjust if needed. Give it all a good stir, cook for a couple more minutes to evaporate any residual liquid at the bottom, and your Mushroom Japchae Noodles are ready to be devoured! In my opinion, the sesame seed garnish is NOT optional. Those little seeds add great texture and nutty flavor. Make sure you buy the ones that are already toasted.

mushroom japchae noodles cooking

mushroom japchae closeup


Let us know if you make our Mushroom Japchae Noodles. Leave a comment, and tag us @funkyasiankitchen, show us the goods!

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mushroom japchae noodles

Mushroom Japchae Noodles

  • Author: Funky Asian Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: serves 4-6 1x


  • 12 oz dry sweet potato noodles
  • 12 oz shiitake mushrooms
  • 10 oz cremini mushrooms
  • 1 large onion, cut in half, peeled, and sliced ¼ inch thick 
  • one large zucchini
  • 1 package enoki mushrooms
  • 3 oz baby spinach (1/2 bag)
  • 1 bunch scallions
  • ¼ cup neutral oil
  • ¼ cup water


  • 5 cloves large garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup soy sauce*
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt


  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds



Soak the noodles:

  1. In a large bowl of warm water, soak the noodles until soft for about 20-30 mins.
  2. Drain, cut into manageable pieces about 5-6 inches long with kitchen scissors, and set aside.

Prep the veggies:

  1. Brush the dirt off of the mushrooms with a clean cloth. Stem the shiitake mushrooms and then cut both mushrooms into thick 1/2 inch slices. Set aside.
  2. Open the package of enoki mushrooms and cut off the growing medium at the base (about 1/2 inch should do it). Using your hands, gently break the enoki apart at the base into separate little pieces. Set aside.
  3. Wash the zucchini well and cut off the stem end. Cut the zucchini into thirds crosswise and then in 1/2 lengthwise. Then cut the zucchini into 1/2 inch pieces. 
  4. Wash the scallions and then cut into 1 inch pieces. Set aside the light green and white portions for cooking and save the other half of mostly dark green top portions for the end as a garnish. If the white scallion bulbs are very thick, go ahead and cut them in half.

Cooking Wild Mushroom Japchae Noodles:


  1. Mix all the sauce ingredients in a measuring cup or small bowl.
  2. Using a dutch oven or a comparable heavy bottom pot, put the onion and mushrooms at the bottom of the pot and toss with the oil and water. Layer the noodles next and pour the sauce evenly on top of the noodles. Next put the zucchini on top of the noodles. Finally add half of the scallions (the thick white and light green parts).
  3. Place the pot on the stove, cover and set to medium heat and cook for 20 mins. Open the lid and scatter the spinach, enoki mushrooms, and remaining green scallions. Toss the noodles to try and mix all of the ingredients together. Continue cooking for another couple of minutes until the liquid has evaporated and the spinach has wilted.
  4. Taste for seasoning. Add a little more salt, black pepper, or sesame oil if needed. Garnish with sesame seeds. Serve hot.


* If you want a completely gluten free dish, make sure to use a soy sauce that is gluten free.

* I know this seems like a lot of salt, but there is also a hefty amount of vegetable in this dish which gives off a lot of water and dilutes the flavor. Feel free to only add the soy sauce to the sauce and season to taste with salt once your noodles are cooked, if you are watching your salt intake.