Thin wheat flour noodles

Somyeon 소면

These very thin wheat noodles are used in both hot and cold dishes but especially in kongguksu. Keep them in the pantry and look for them in Korean, Japanese, and Chinese grocery stores.



thin wheat flour noodles

Very very thin! Make sure to buy the right ones so your kongguksu will be delicious.


Recipes that use thin wheat flour noodles (somyeon):



  1. Fatcat Poland, Warsaw joined 1/17
    Posted January 6th, 2017 at 4:00 pm | # |

    Hey, isn’t it the same as japanese somen? Can’t find korean one ;(

  2. cjenifer California joined 8/10
    Posted August 31st, 2010 at 2:15 pm | # |

    I have Japanese noodles. It says “tomoshiraga somen.” is this the same thing?

  3. sirdanilot Terneuzen, The Netherlands joined 10/09
    Posted January 18th, 2010 at 6:03 am | # |

    With difficulty I deciphered the Korean letters (using an online hangul chart) on a random bag of noodles I bought at the Korean store: it says GUKSU SOMYEON. Can I use these only for Kongguksu like it says on this page or can I put them in Jajangmyun, Jam Pong, etc. as well? Because I don’t really like the idea of cold noodles (not to mention it’s winter here!).

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted January 19th, 2010 at 1:43 am | # |

      Somyeon is my favorite noodles. I use it when I make noodle soup or bibimbguksu (mixed noodles with spicy seasoning).

      To make tasty jjajangmyeon and jjampong, these noodles are usually used.

      But who would care if you use the thin noodles in jjajangmyeon or jjampong? Try it out. Thank you for your question!

    • fridabag15 New Jersey joined 5/10
      Posted May 7th, 2010 at 6:41 pm | # |

      I’ve made Jjajangmyeon with those exact noodles and it still came out tasty…Uh oh! Now I’m hungry and I want to make some jjajangmyeon. Got to go!!! *Runs to the kitchen and starts chopping vegetables and pork*

      • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
        Posted May 7th, 2010 at 6:58 pm | # |

        I can almost hear you chopping vegetables, chop chop chop! : )

    • anastasialeehanbyul Seoul, South Korea joined 2/12
      Posted February 18th, 2012 at 4:34 am | # |

      I could not find special noodles for jjajangmyeon, so I cooked some spaghetti and poured jjajang sauce over it, tasted delicious still!

      • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
        Posted February 18th, 2012 at 9:56 am | # |

        Yes, spaghetti noodles will work well! Happy cooking!

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