Bibim Guksu, Korean spicy cold noodles, is one of my favorite Korean food dishes to enjoy in the summer! Cold, flavorful, spicy, slightly sweet and tangy, this noodle dish is delicious!
Bibim Guksu is a Korean cold noodle dish made with very thin wheat flour noodles called somyeon and mixed with a gochujang and kimchi mixture. Light, cold, refreshing and so flavorful, it is one of the most popular traditional noodle dishes in Korean cuisine; especially in the summer.
If you can’t get your hands on the somyeon noodles above, I used these since I had them at home. They are a little thinner but are still delicious!
These noodles may not look very spicy but believe me, they are packed with heat, a little sweetness and a little acidity. This Bibim Guksu, for me, is perfectly balanced and so delicious! The sauce mixture is made up of Korean gochujang, kimchi, sugar, rice vinegar, sesame oil, soy sauce and garlic. You can control the sweetness level by how much sugar you add. You can also control the heat level by how much gochujang and kimchi you add. You can also add some fine gochugaru powder or flakes for added heat.
We hope you try this!
- 8 oz somyeon (thin wheat noodles)
- 1/4 cup kimchi brine (kimchi liquid)
- 1/4 cup gochujang
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 to 3 tablespoons brown rice vinegar
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
- 1/2 cup kimchi chopped
- sesame seeds
- cucumbers julienned or sliced thin
- hard boiled eggs sliced in half lengthwise
- Bring a pot of water to a boil and add the noodles and let cook for about 2 to 3 minutes; read package instructions. Don't overcook them. Drain and rinse in cold water and set aside.
- Mix together the kimchi brine, gochujang, sugar, garlic, vinegar, sesame oil and soy sauce. Taste and adjust any ingredients as needed. Using a large mixing bowl: add the noodles, pour in the gochujang sauce and add the chopped kimchi. Using your hands or tongs, mix together until the noodles are nicely coated in the sauce.
- To serve: distribute the noodles into bowls, top with sesame seeds, the cucumbers and an egg. Mix together and enjoy!