Korean Cold Noodle Recipe (Naengmyeon / 냉면)

Since today is Lunar New Year / Korean new year (Seollal;설날) I have decided to post the recipe for Korean Cold Noodle Recipe (Naengmyeon / 냉면) that my wife made last night.

Naengmyeon is a very refreshing cold noodle dish that is perfect for a hot summer meal. It’s really great, and perfect after some Korean BBQ.

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Naengmyeon / 냉면

Ingredients (1 serve);

  • 1 Pack of Korean Cold Noodle Stock (I’ve taken a photo of the packet we used, see below).
  • Korean pickled radish (Ssam-Mu, 쌈무)
  • Cucumber
  • Buckwheat Soba Noodles, 130g

Method:

  1. Take frozen Korean Cold Noodle Packet and thaw 80% (you want to still have frozen/ice parts). Tip: you can microwave one of the sauce packs for 1:30* to thaw slightly (*note different microwaves will take different amounts of time).
  2. Chop up cucumber/radish.
  3. Boil a large pot of water and boil/cook noodles for approx 1-2 minutes. Keep an eye on the noodles as they cook very quickly. Constantly check them. Around the 2 minute mark turn off the heat and test the noodles to make sure they are ‘just cooked’.
  4. Immediately strain and run under cold water.
  5. Combine all in a bowl by placing noodles, sauce/stock, and other ingredients on top (like the main photo).
  6. Enjoy! (tip: adding different types of kimchi enhances the dish!)

Photos of Ingredients (to help you at the Korean grocer);

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Korean Cold Noodle stock packet

 

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Korean pickled radish (Ssam-Mu, 쌈무)
Korean pickled radish (Ssam-Mu, 쌈무)

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Korean pickled radish (Ssam-Mu, 쌈무)
Korean pickled radish (Ssam-Mu, 쌈무)

 

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How to wish someone Happy New Year in Korean!

새해 복 많이 받으세요! (sae hae bok man i bad eu se yo)
Happy Lunar/Korean New Year!!

Learnt from the awesome people at “Talk to me in Korean”;

 

Trivia: Naengmyeon (Korean Cold Noodle) comes from North Korea!

I didn’t realise this, but the dish actually originates from the capital of North Korea (Pyongyang) but was spread throughout Korea during the war. Wikipedia is always good for interesting facts!