Naengmyeon means “cold noodles” in English, and refers to a Korean dish made of long, thin noodles and served cold. It’s very popular in Korea all year ’round but especially in summertime, because it’s so cold and refreshing. There are 2 main types: Mul-naengmyeon are soup-based noodles served in a cold icy broth, and bibim-naengmyeon are cold noodles served in a hot and spicy sauce without much soup broth at all.
This recipe is for bibim-naengmyeon, and here’s the recipe for mul-naengmyeon, the other dish in the video. Due to the background music in the video, the sound has been removed by YouTube, but I’ll remake the video soon, I promise!
- ½ package of buckwheat noodles
- mustard powder
- Korean pear
- corn syrup (or rice syrup)
- hot pepper flakes
- hot pepper paste
- sesame seeds
- green onion
- soy sauce
- Mustard paste (optional):
Mix 1 tbs of mustard powder and ½ tbs water. Put it in a warm place to ferment it for 5 minutes. Set aside.
Slice ½ cup’s worth of cucumber into thin strips. Add a ½ pinch of salt, ½ ts of sugar, and ½ ts of vinegar. Mix it up and and set it aside.
Slice ½ cup’s worth into thin strips. You can use either Korean pear or bosc pear. Soak it in water and add ½ ts sugar so it doesn’t change color. Set it aside.
Hardboil an egg, cut it in half, and set it aside.
Make hot and spicy sauce
- Blend 1 cup’s worth of peeled pear, about ¼ cups’ worth of onion, 1 ts garlic, 1 ts ginger, ⅓ cup of corn or rice syrup, ¼ cup hot pepper flakes, 2 tbs hot pepper paste, 1 tbs sesame seeds, 3 green onions, 2 ts of salt, and 1 tbs soy sauce. Keep in the refrigerator.
Make the noodles
- Put a half package of buckwheat noodles into a big pot of boiling water. Stir them with a wooden spoon so that the noodles don’t stick to each other. Keep boiling for about 3-5 minutes until cooked.
- When the noodles are cooked, move the pot to the sink and pour cold water over them. Drain some of the water out and pour more cold water over them again. This will help the noodles get chewier.
- Rinse and drain the noodles a couple of times until not slippery. Put the noodles into a basket or colander.
Put it all together
- Put some noodles into a serving bowl.
- Add some hot and spicy sauce, pear, cucumber, mustard paste, and half a hardboiled egg on top.
- Drizzle about 1 ts of sesame oil over top, add some ice cubes to the bowl, and serve cold.