Bibim guksu or Korean spicy cold noodles

8 oz thin vermicelli noodles (buckwheat, green tea, soba noodles are other options)
1 cup lettuce, shredded
1 oz cucumber, sliced
1 oz carrot, shredded or diced
1 oz kimchi, sliced
1 hard boiled egg, halved
½ teaspoon sesame seeds

3 Tablespoons gochujang (Korean chili paste)
1 Tablespoon gochugaru (Korean chili pepper flakes)
2 Tablespoons honey
2 Tablespoons rice wine vinegar
2 Tablespoons clear soda (sprite, coconut soda, ginger ale)
1 Tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 garlic cloves, minced

1. Start a pot of boiling water for the noodles. When the water is boiling, add the noodles and cook per directions or until noodles are soft. Drain and rinse with cold water and set aside.
2. In another pot, add the egg and bring the water to a boil. Cook the egg in the boiling water and start the timer for 6 minutes once the water starts to boil.
3. In the meantime, prep the vegetables by washing and cutting as needed.
4. Make the sauce by combining all the sauce ingredients: gochujang, gochugaru, honey, rice wine vinegar, soda, soy sauce, garlic. Mix with a fork to combine well. Set aside.
5. In a bowl, add the noodles then a Tablespoon of the sauce. Combine the sauce into the noodles.
6. Add the vegetables : lettuce, cucumber, carrot, kimchi to the bowl.
7. Add the egg and toppings: sesame oil and sesame seeds.

Recipe from
Hyosun’s website is an amazing resource for Korean dishes. I was craving a cold entrée that was not a salad and I had all these vegetables from my salad prepping. I am also obsessed with a good sauce. This is an amazing sauce!

I added the sesame oil to the sauce rather than drizzle it over the noodle bowl.
This recipe allows you to add whatever vegetables you like. I added cilantro, scallions and red cabbage because I had those extra ingredients. I also added another tablespoon of gochugaru because I wanted the sauce to be spicier. I substituted buckwheat noodles for vermicelli noodles because that’s what I had in my pantry. I think this would be good with rice as well! There are so many types of noodles you could try. Noodles and Korean chili paste and chili flakes can be found in an Asian supermarket or online.

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