“Jap” means to mix, and “Che” means vegetables. Japche is one of the most popular dishes in Korea served at gatherings or parties. Its origins can be traced to the Royal Palace. It was first made with cucumber, radish, bean sprouts and bellflower roots. Today sweet vermicelli noodles are added to the mix. It is usually prepared with carrots, scallions, spinach, shiitake mushrooms, and green peppers. Beef may be added as an option but may be left out to be served as a vegetarian dish. The noodles are gray when raw and turn almost translucent when cooked (thus given its popular nickname, glass noodles). When cooked correctly, they retain a chewy texture.