Kimchi Bibimguksu (Korean Cold Spicy Noodles w/ Kimchi)

Kimchi Cold Noodles

Kimchi bibimguksu are thin cold wheat noodles with a yummy kimchi sauce topped with cucumber and boiled egg. So good! We had these kimchi noodles with some dumplings from Trader Joe’s for an easy dinner (they have a new mochi mushroom one that is so good!).

Somen or somyeon noodlesare thin wheat noodles used in Japan and Korea. I happened to have some fresh from my last trip to a Korean market so I used those. One day I want to post all the Asian noodles I’ve come across and dissect them because they are all so different. I think this would be a pretty big project! One day…

Gochujangis a Korean hot pepper paste made from rice, chilis, soybeans and salt. If you plan to cook Korean food it is a must! You can get it at a Korean market or even on Amazon.

Sesame seeds are so much better freshly toasted. I buy untoasted and then toast them, but even if they come toasted, a fresh toast in a pan is always a good idea. My trick these days for not burning them (I don’t know how many times I’ve had to throw out a pan of sesame seeds) is to set the pan over mediumish heat and set the oven timer on 1 minute. I shake the pan after each minute goes off and it only takes a few times.

If you like this dish of cold Kimchi noodles, try these Cold Sesame Soba Noodles and Sesame Soy Kelp Noodle Salad too!

Recipe adapted from Messy Witchen.

1 egg
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
1/2 cup kimchi chopped
1/6-1/3 cup kimchi juice (I could only get 1/6 cup out of the jar)
1 clove garlic minced
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon gochujang (Korean hot pepper paste)
2 teaspoons sesame oil
2 teaspoons rice vinegar
2 servings fresh or dried somen/somyeon noodles
1 small cucumber cut into matchsticks

  1. Boil the egg, cool, peel and cut into fourths.
  2. Toast the sesame seeds.
  3. Mix together the kimchi, as much kimchi juice as you can get up to 1/3 cup, garlic, sugar, gochujang, sesame oil, vinegar and most of the toasted sesame seeds (save some for a garnish).
  4. Boil the noodles according to the package directions. Drain and rinse well with cold water until the noodles are cool.
  5. Take noodles, top with the kimchi sauce, then cucumber, then egg and a sprinkle of sesame seeds.

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