When I stayed in Puerto Escondido, Mexico, I was very excited to be able to buy fresh fish on the beach every morning. The fish sold from fishermen’s boats were so fresh that some were still alive! I bought tuna and Spanish mackerel.

I decided to make mulhoe, something that I had been longing to make for many years but couldn’t, simply because I couldn’t find extremely fresh fish where I live. My dream came true once I saw the fish in Mexico.

I wanted to share this delicious special food with my new friends that I made there. I asked my friend Bob:

“Do you like raw fish? If so, I would like to invite you to brunch!”

He said: “Does a fish like water?” : )

I’ve always believed  food is more delicious when it’s shared with many people. The more, the better, especially any dish with raw fish. I wouldn’t like to chew raw fish alone by myself in a dark room. It already sounds miserable!

When I came home to New York, I made mulhoe again with top quality hoe (sashimi) grade tuna from the freezer section of a Korean grocery store. It turned out great! The photos below are from the day I made mulhoe in New York.

To fully enjoy this dish, I recommend you make it with noodles: set out small bowls for everyone and let them serve themselves. They should put  some spicy cold mulhoe in their bowl and add cooked thin noodles. The soup should be freezing cold and the taste is supposed to be spicy, sour, and a little sweet. You can use more or less hot pepper paste, sugar, or vinegar in this recipe, according to your taste.

Anybody who loves ceviche will love this dish. When you serve this with noodles, it will make a nice simple meal. Enjoy the recipe!

Ingredients (for 4 servings)

1 pound of fresh fish (or frozen sashimi grade fish), hot pepper paste, Korean hot pepper flakes (gochugaru), sugar, kosher salt, vinegar, onion, garlic, lettuce, tomato, green chili peppers, roasted sesame seeds, toasted sesame oil, water, and thin noodles.


  1. Slice 1 pound of fresh fish into thin strips ¼ inch wide and 2½ inch long (about 0.5 cm wide and 6 cm long) and keep it in the refrigerator.
  2. Put 10 cups of water into a large pot. Bring to a boil over high heat.
  3. When the water boils 15-20 minutes later, add 200 grams of thin noodles (somyeon). Stir with a wooden spoon to prevent the noodles from sticking to each other.
  4. Cook the noodles with the lid closed for a few minutes.
  5. Taste a sample. The noodle shouldn’t have anything hard inside, but it shouldn’t be mushy.
  6. When the noodles are finished, drain and rinse them in cold water a couple of times until they’re cold and a little chewy. Drain them and set aside.

Make the cold broth:

  1. In a bowl, mix 4-5 cloves minced garlic, ¼ cup hot pepper paste, 2 tbs hot pepper flakes, 2 tbs sugar, 1 tbs kosher salt, ¼ cup vinegar, 2 tbs toasted sesame oil, and 2 tbs roasted sesame seeds powder. Mix with a spoon.
  2. Thinly slice ½ cup’s worth of onion and ¼ cup’s worth of carrot. Slice 1 tomato, chop 3-4 green chili peppers and 2 cups’ worth of chopped lettuce, and add to the broth.
  3. Add 2 cups of ice cold water. Mix well then set aside.
    *tip: If you want to add ice cubes, use 1 cup of water and 1 cup of ice cubes.
  4. Add fish strips to the broth and mix well.
  5. Serve with the cooked noodles.

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  1. medusagurlyeah Adelaide joined 1/14 & has 32 comments

    hi Maangchi,

    Can you please make Raw Squid Salad next time?

  2. jenlee216 Chicago joined 9/13 & has 1 comment

    OH MY GOSH you were in Puerto Escondido?! I was there last month and I fell in love. Is this Playa Angelito? I remember I had a lot of seafood there and since I lived in South Korea, I miss good, fresh seafood. (I live in Chicago now) but thanks for the video! I just need to find some fresh raw fish somehow…
    How did you like Puerto Escondido? Did everyone think you were Japanese? That happened to me a couple of times.

  3. esthercheah Malaysia joined 8/11 & has 2 comments

    Hihi! My friend and I will be traveling to Seoul and Jeju this November. Since we’ll be staying in homestays, I am wondering if I can pay back such generosity with some local Malaysian cooking. I intend to use Spanish Mackerel to make some fish cake yong tou foo style for repay my hosts. Do you mind if I ask what Spanish Mackerel is called in Korean? I intend to leave ‘Ahjumma’ out of my brains altogether and just go with “Agasshi, *spanish mackerel’ issoyeo?”

    Thank you for your great great tips!

  4. ina78 Jerteh, Terengganu, Malaysia joined 4/09 & has 45 comments

    Hai Maangchi,

    can I use hairtail fish?

  5. Dvalucard usa joined 8/11 & has 1 comment

    i love food!!!
    im glad i found ur website.

  6. oksipak California joined 1/11 & has 72 comments

    Who’s the photographer of your food? This recipe and photos look very inviting! We lost our docks in the harbor during the recent Tsunami (March 11, 2011) so there will be no more fresh fish at the docks. However, I think I’m going to entice my husband with lots of Mandu so he will go fishing and catch fresh fish to make this particular recipe. ;)

    It must be a treat to have tourists try your recipes? LUCKY TOURISTS! :)

  7. peonygirl portland, oregon joined 8/09 & has 18 comments

    I used to travel in Mexico alot with my family!! You make me miss it- now I want to go to Puerto Escondido!
    I noticed you used fresh lettuce and tomatoes and the water from the faucet. Is it considered safe to use the water and produce in Mexico now? Sometimes we used to get sooo sick from the water being contaminated.
    You are so adventuresome Maangchi. I love it!
    P.S. My 6 year old daughter thinks you like a teen ager- ha!ha!

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,045 comments

      “Is it considered safe to use the water and produce in Mexico now?..” Maybe I was lucky? I had no problem with the water. I always drink bottled water when I travel.
      “My 6 year old daughter thinks you like a teen ager” lol, thanks!

  8. Chris K. Germany, Aachen joined 1/11 & has 6 comments

    Oh Maangchi!! :D This trip to Mexico was AWE-SOME right? :D I can see that you had sooo much fun :) I wish I was with you :D sorry if my english is bad today I got a very hard Work ;) .
    I will do this recipe with my Honey ^^ he is impressed about you and your cooking skill with fish! :D
    You`re such a good person :) .
    Hugs and greetz from germany :))

  9. JamieF New Zealand joined 1/11 & has 120 comments

    I can’t wait to try this! I think it is very interesting that this recipe uses lettuce which is also used in hoedupbap (my most favorite Korean dinner).

  10. soko2usa Minnesota joined 4/09 & has 55 comments

    Wow, now that looks like Korean gazpacho!

    Thank you for your videos!

  11. vb38 joined 7/10 & has 36 comments

    Give me fresh fish ANYTIME of the day! That looks SUPER YUMILICIOUS!!!!! What can be better than cold, spicy, fish soup on a hot humid day!??!!!

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