I’m kinda getting into these cold noodles dishes for when it is hot! Like, kimchi bibimguksu, these Korean noodles are flavorful, cool, refreshing and not too heavy. There are two names I came across for these noodles: bibim guksu and bibim naengmyeon and through a little research and some fun reading (here and here and here), I think naengmyeon are cold noodles, chewy and made out of buckwheat and other starches, and guksu are wheat noodles that could have buckwheat in them, but are not chewy. Since I used soba which are definitely not chewy, I think we’ll call this bibim guksu. But really, I’m not sure!
Anyways, the noodles are mixed with a gochujang sauce which is gochujang(a Korean hot pepper paste made from rice, chilis, soybeans and salt-you can get it at a Korean market or even on Amazon) mixed with vinegar, soy sauce and sesame oil, etc. and topped with cucumber and hard boiled eggs. We didn’t have cucumber and while sometimes I get a little crazy and pick up every possible ingredient I might need, I didn’t feel like it this day and went with a substitute of carrots and cabbage.
Gochujang(Korean chili paste) is really necessary in these noodles. I can’t think of any suitable substitute. Gochujang is a great item to stock and it lasts forever which is great if you only cook Korean dishes once in a while. I get it in a plastic container that doesn’t seal great, so I transfer it to a glass jar to keep in the fridge.
This recipe is adapted from My Korean Kitchen.
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
2 tablespoons gochujang (Korean chili paste)
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon sesame oil
Cucumbers sliced into matchsticks (I used carrots and cabbage since we didn’t have cucumbers)
6 ounces buckwheat or soba noodles
- Boil eggs, let cool, peel and cut into long 4ths.
- Toast the sesame seeds until brown and fragrant, let cool.
- Mix together the rice vinegar, soy sauce, honey, brown sugar, and sesame oil.
- Boil the buckwheat noodles according to the package directions. Drain and rinse in cold water.
- Toss the noodles with the sauce, sprinkle with sesame seeds, and top with cucumbers or carrots or cabbage (cucumbers would be best!) and the egg.