Kimchi Bibim Guksu

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These spicy cold noodles are my ultimate comfort food. My mother would make it on busy weeknights, since you can put it together quickly with pantry-ready items. The dish is meant to be sweet and spicy from the kimchi, gochugaru and sugar, but feel free to play around with the levels of seasoning.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 15 min
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 2 servings
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Kimchi Bibim Sauce:



  1. For the kimchi bibim sauce: Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  2. Mix the kimchi, kimchi juice or brine, sugar, sesame oil, gochujang, vinegar, soy sauce, garlic and gochugaru, if using, in a large bowl until combined. Set aside.
  3. Add the noodles to the boiling water and cook according to the package instructions. Drain the noodles in a colander and rinse in a running bath of cold water, rubbing the noodles between your fingers and gently massaging them in the water. Drain and then rinse again, repeating 2 more times to remove excess starch. Drain completely.
  4. For the garnish: Add the noodles to the bowl with the sauce and toss until well coated. Divide the noodles between 2 large soup bowls and top them with the kimchi from the sauce. Divide and layer the cucumber, roasted seaweed, egg and sesame seeds on top of the kimchi. Drizzle with sesame oil.

Cook’s Note

Kimchi Bibim Guksu is best made with ripe or fully fermented kimchi.

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