Many noodles dishes can leave you feeling heavy and sluggish, but this dish is the exception to the rule! Bibim Guksu noodles are so refreshing, spicy, and tangy… It’s the perfect summer dish when you want something light but still need noodles in your life. Oh, and it only takes 15 minutes to make!
What is Bibim Guksu?
Bibim Guksu is a popular Korean cold noodle dish made of thin noodles tossed in a gochujang-based sauce and mixed with crisp vegetables.
It’s unbelievably quick and simple to put together, not to mention extremely versatile too! You can dress this dish down with just noodles and sauce if you’re in a rush. Or, dress it up with tons of fresh vegetables, juicy protein, and tangy kimchi.
Adjust your bowl of bibim guksu to your liking, after all, you are the master chef of your kitchen!
Bibim Guksu Noodles
Thin noodles are the noodles of choice for this dish! Fresh noodles in particular cook very quickly (usually 2 minutes max.) and have an irresistible chewy texture.
For this recipe, I used fresh thin wheat noodles, also known as somyeon or somen. Alternatively, you can also try out buckwheat noodles (memil guksu, aka soba noodles). Either option can easily be found at local Asian markets!
Bibim Guksu Sauce
This rich tangy sauce is full of flavor, primarily from the gochujang, a Korean chili paste. The paste adds a sweetness to the sauce, along with other savory flavors. It’s such a quick and easy way to pack in as much flavor with minimal effort.
Usually, a little sweetener is added as well, however, I don’t have much of a sweet tooth so I skipped this ingredient. If you’d like to add it in though, I’d recommend using sugar or honey in your sauce.
To add some heat, this recipe includes gochugaru, Korean chili flakes! I LOVE spicy food, but the best thing about preparing food at home is you can adjust it to your tastebuds. Add as little or as much dried chilies as you’d like!
As I mentioned, you can make this Korean noodle recipe as simple or as dressed up as you’d like! Here are a few delicious topping ideas you can include in your noodles:
- Seared meat
- Soft boiled eggs
- Sliced cucumbers
- Nori (seaweed) sheets
- Green onions
- Shredded lettuce
- Shredded cabbage
- Shredded carrots
- Toasted sesame seeds
What to Serve with Bibim Guksu
These noodles are SO good on its own as a filling meal or even as a refreshing side dish. Here are a few other entrees that pair well with these popular Korean noodles:
- Kalbi Short Ribs Recipe
- Air Fryer Miso salmon
- Tomato Egg Stir-Fry
- Soy Sauce Chicken Wings
- Marinated Egg Recipe
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Korean Spicy Cold Noodles | Bibim Guksu Noodles
- 4 oz thin wheat noodles
- ⅛ cup cabbage kimchi
- 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
- 2 pieces Nori sheets optional
- ¼ small cucumber julienned, optional
- Bring a pot of water to a boil then cook noodles according to packages’ instructions. Reserve 2 tablespoons of water for the sauce, then drain the noodles and rinse in cold water.
- In a bowl, combine sauce ingredients then toss noodles in sauce. Top with sesame seeds and serve with kimchi and cucumber on the side, if desired.
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