Kimchi Bibim Guksu (Spicy Cold Noodles with Kimchi)

Kimchi Bibim Guksu (Spicy Cold Noodles with Kimchi)

November 11, 2019 0 By

Got kimchi in the fridge! Try making this spicy, slightly sweet, savory and tangy cold noodle dish. It’s simply made with kimchi and a few staple seasoning ingredients! 

Red spicy cold noodle dish with kimchi

Red spicy cold noodle dish with kimchi

What do you make for lunch, or dinner for that matter, when there seems to be nothing in your fridge? For Koreans, it’s usually a dish made with kimchi because there is almost always some kimchi in our fridges. So, when your fridge has nothing substantial but has kimchi, make this kimchi bibim guksu (김치비빔국수) for a quick lunch or a light meal any time of the day. It’s deliciously spicy, sweet and tangy with a kimchi crunch!

How to make kimchi bibim guksu

Unlike my other bibim guksu recipe which uses a few different vegetables, kimchi is truly all you need for this humble dish. But, you can add other vegetables such as cucumbers or lettuce, if you want. I also like to use some perilla leaves (kkaennip) for a wonderful aroma and flavor it adds to the dish. Thinly sliced gim (dried seaweed sheet) is also an excellent addition.  

Red spicy cold noodle dish with kimchi

Red spicy cold noodle dish with kimchi

 

For the seasoning, I mix kimchi and some juice from kimchi with a few staple ingredients such as soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, gochujang (Korean red chili pepper paste), and some gochugaru (Korean red chili pepper flakes). You can leave out gochugaru if you like the noodles to be less spicy. For the sweetener, I use a combination of corn syrup (or oligo syrup) and sugar. The syrup gives a nice sheen to the dish, but you can simply use more sugar if you want. 

What noodles to use

Typically, kimchi bibim guksu is made with thin wheat noodles, which come in two slightly different thickness — somyeon (소면), very thin noodles, and joongmyeon (중면), slightly thicker noodles. You can use either one for this recipe, depending on your preference. 

red spicy noodles with Kimchi, cucumbers and egg

red spicy noodles with Kimchi, cucumbers and egg

This kimchi bibim guksu recipe was originally posted in July 2011. I’ve updated it here with new photos and minor changes to the recipe.

More similar cold noodle dishes

Bibim guksu (spicy cold noodles)
Jjolmyeon (spicy chewy noodles)
Jaengban guksu (cold noodles and vegetables platter)

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Red spicy cold noodle dish with kimchi

Red spicy cold noodle dish with kimchi

red spicy noodles with Kimchi, cucumbers and eggred spicy noodles with Kimchi, cucumbers and egg

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Kimchi Bibim Guksu (Spicy Cold Noodles with Kimchi)

A simple cold noodle dish made with kimchi and a few seasoning ingredients! Spicy, slightly sweet and tangy!

Prep Time10 mins

Cook Time10 mins

Course: Main

Cuisine: Asian, Korean

Keyword: banguet noodles, cucumber, egg, gochugaru, gochujang, kimchi, perilla leaf

Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • 8 – 10 ounce somyeon, 소면, (thin wheat noodles)
  • 1 cup thinly sliced kimchi preferably fully fermented
  • 1/4 cup juice from kimchi use a little more soy sauce and vinegar if unavailable
  • 1 tablespoon gochujang (Korean red chili pepper paste)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar or any other clear vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup (or oligo syrup, 올리고당) use more sugar if unavailable
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds

Optional Garnish

  • 4 perilla leaves (kkaennip) thinly sliced
  • or cucumber thinly sliced
  • 1 hard boiled egg