Cold Udon with Kimchi and Tofu

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
Based on the chilled Korean noodles called bibim guksu, this cold noodle salad is bright and refreshing. The cooked noodles are quickly chilled with a cold water rinse, then tossed in a dressing that’s tangy, sweet, and a little spicy from kimchi brine.



  1. Press the tofu slices gently between paper towels to squeeze out the excess moisture. Season both sides with salt and pepper. Heat the vegetable oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the tofu in a single layer and cook until well browned, 5 to 6 minutes per side. Let cool, then cut into bite-size pieces.
  2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Whisk the kimchi brine, sesame oil, soy sauce, sugar and vinegar in a large bowl; set aside. Add the udon to the boiling water and cook as the label directs. Drain and rinse under cold water until very cold. Shake off as much water as possible.
  3. Transfer the udon to the bowl with the sauce mixture; add the tofu, sliced kimchi, mesclun greens, pear and 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds. Toss to combine; season with salt and pepper. Divide the udon mixture among bowls. Sprinkle with the remaining 2 teaspoons sesame seeds.