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Today I’m going to show you how to make a spicy Korean icy cold noodle dish called bibim-naengmyeon. Unlike mul-naengmyeon (물냉면) it’s not very brothy, but it’s still ice cold and made with a slightly sweet, vinegary, spicy sauce as well as some cucumber and pear. When you eat it, the first thing you need to do is mix it up in the bowl, which is why it’s called bibim, which means “mixed up” in Korean (like bibimbap – mixed rice).
I love all kinds of cold Korean noodles, but bibim-naengmyeon is probably my favorite. I love the cold, chewy noodles and I love the spicy sauce. Many Korean families and restaurants have their own version of this dish and I’ve refined my recipe over the years, making it better and better and always improving it. I hope you enjoy it!
Even though the noodles are pre-made from a package (you can buy them on Amazon if you don’t live near a Korean grocery store), you need to take care to prepare them properly. You really need to scrub and wash them well to remove all the excess starch, so the noodles get nice and chewy. And the final ice bath at the end shouldn’t be skipped! They need to be really icy and chewy, they are not like spaghetti noodles at all.
When I was writing my cookbook, my editor was always asking me for descriptive details about what Korean food tastes like. I’ve been eating and making it all my life, so I never thought about describing it! But when my co-writer had naengmyeon she described the texture of the noodles as “a bit like thin red licorice laces.” I never thought of it that way! We put it in the book.
Summertime is the perfect weather for these cool noodles, but I actually eat them year ’round! You can vary the amount of sauce used according to your taste, and you can refrigerate any extra for a few weeks, maybe even a month.
I hope you enjoy the recipe, let me know if you try it!
Prepare the broth
Prepare the garnishes
Make the spicy sauce
Prepare the noodles
Posted Monday, June 2nd, 2008 at 9:40 pm
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