Saturday, November 19, 2011

Sweet & Spicy Cold Noodles/Bibimguksu (비빔국수)

Bibimguksu is a cold noodle dish with a spicy sauce.

As Pinoys, it may seem a little strange to eat cold noodles, but if you give this adish a try, you'll most likely enjoy its sweet hotness.

The noodles resemble a thick "miswa". It is called somyeon(소면). Unfortunately, you can't use miswa as substitute to make this dish but the noodles are available in local supermarkets like SM and Robinsons. You'll find them in the asian food section.

It is very easy to make since you'll only have to cook the noodles. The veggies are raw and the sauce is an easy mix. You can even make a batch and keep it in the fridge for future use.

Serves: 2

  • 1 cup lettuce
  • 1/2 small carrot
  • 1/2 small cucumber
  • 2 tbs green onions
  • 1 hard boiled egg

(if your noodles are not separated into bundles, just make a ring with your index finger and thumb, like an "ok" sign)

  1. Boil 6 cups of water for the noodles.
  2. While waiting for the water to boil, prepare the vegetables. Shred 1 cup of lettuce. Then cut 1/2 peeled carrot and 1/2 unpeeled cucumber into thin match sticks.
  3. Make the sauce by mixing 2tbs kochujang, 2tbs rice vinegar, 1tbs soy sauce, 1tbs sugar, 1tsp sesame oil, and 1tsp roasted sesame seeds.
  4. Put the noodles in boiling water. Cook for about 3 minutes. Don't put the lid back because it makes a lot of foam as it boils. When the foam is about to overflow, the trick is to pour a little water in the pot and it will dissipate.
  5. After 3 min, drain the noodles then run it under cold water to stop the cooking process. Don't forget this step, otherwise your noodles will become mushy.
  6. Drain excess water. Put on a plate or bowl.
  7. Add the veggies to the noodles and put the sauce on top. Mix well and serve with hard boiled eggs.

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