Rice and Noodle Recipes
Anytime Noodles with Stir-Fried Vegetables
This simple noodle and vegetable dish is an easy way to disguise leftover vegetables (and even leftover chicken or meat) into a tasty meal. I like to use rice noodles in this recipe, but you can also use buckwheat noodles (memil gooksu, soba), cellophane noodles (sweet potato noodles, dangmyun) or even linguine or fettucine.
Five Delicious Korean Noodle Dishes
Noodles are a staple in Korean cuisine. They are served in stews and soups, in stir fries, and in cold salad dishes. On a Korean menu, the dishes will say "myeon" or "myun" or "gooksu" if they are noodle dishes.
Ginseng Porridge (Insam Jook)
Jook (rice porridge) was always eaten in Korea to stretch grains for the poor and to soothe sick, young, or elderly bellies. It's still enjoyed as a snack, as breakfast or another light meal, or as comfort food for the sick. Ginseng is also a traditional Korean medicine for increasing energy, vitality and the immune system.
Spicy Korean Kimchi Pasta
Spicy Korean kimchi and beef pasta from Cathlyn Choi, Korean chef and food show host. A delicious fusion of flavors and ingredients.
Korean-Style Spicy Linguine with Clam Sauce Recipe
A Korean-style spicy linguine with clam sauce recipe.
Oyster Rice Recipe (Gul Bap)
This is an easy recipe for Korean oyster rice (gul bap), which makes the most of the sweet, meaty, ocean-y flavor of good oysters. Served with a spicy soy dipping sauce, this Korean rice dish is tasty and comforting.
Mixed Grain Rice (Jab Gok Bap) Recipe
Korean Mixed Grain rice is a healthy blend of grains and beans. Loaded with fiber and nutrients, you can substitute a variety of different grains and nuts into the rice to change its texture and taste.
Anytime Asian Noodle Soup
This noodle soup is delicious and easy to make and modify for whatever vegetables or protein that you have in your kitchen. It can be made spicy or mild, chunky or smooth, and vegetarian or a meat-lover's version.
Mixed Rice with Fish Eggs Recipe (Al Bap)
Al Bap is a delicious type of bibimbap (Korean mixed rice dish) that includes vegetables and fish eggs. In a restaurant, al bap is often made and served in the traditional Korean stoneware bowls so that the rice becomes crisp, roasted and hot. But this mixed rice with caviar dish is also delicious made at home in regular bowls.
Korean Noodles with Black Bean Sauce (Jajangmyun)
Jajangmyun ((Chajangmyun, Jjajang myun) is one of the most popular noodle dishes in Korea. It is the Korean adaptation of a Chinese black bean noodle dish with the same name, and you can find it in every Chinese restaurant in Korea. It's delicious and satisfying but inexpensive to buy or make, so it's a favorite home-cooked or takeout meal among almost all Koreans.
Korean Red Bean Porridge (Pat Jook) Recipe
Jook (rice porridge) was always eaten in Korea to stretch grains for the poor and to soothe sick, young, or elderly bellies. It's still enjoyed as a snack, as breakfast or another light meal, or as comfort food for the sick. Pat Jook (sweet bean porridge) is smooth and mild with a subtle sweetness, and is a nice change from the many types of savory Korean porridges.
Five Fabulous Korean Rice Dishes
Rice is central to Korean cuisine, and the word rice in Korean ("bap") can also be used to describe meals or food in general. We used to use rice as glue when we were young, women wash their face in rice water as a beauty regimen, and rice porridge ("juk") is food for infants and the sick. Rice takes the place of both bread AND butter in the...
Korean Spicy Cold Noodles Recipe (Bibim Gooksu)
Bibim Gooksu is the noodle version of bibimbap. These spicy cold mixed noodles are wonderful in the summer when you don't want to spend a lot of time at the stove and you don't feel like eating hot, heavy dishes. It's easy to make but full of spice, flavor, and texture, so it's still feels like a complete and satisfying meal. I like to make Bibim Gooksu with buckwheat noodles since it's so delici…
Cold Soybean Noodle Soup (Kong Gooksu)
This Korean noodle dish is refreshingly cold and mild, with a nutty texture that makes it perfect for very hot summer days. It's an easy recipe for even the most novice cook, costs almost nothing to make, and is a healthy and filling vegan Korean dish.
Korean Soba Salad Recipe (Jaengban Gooksu)
Jaengban Gooksu, a Korean mixed noodle salad, is good with a variety of vegetables and meat. You can add chicken, beef, or pork for a hearty dish and seasonal vegetables for a fresh and light meal. This soba salad recipe also has a dressing based on chicken broth, so it's very light and healthy.
White Kimchi Cold Noodle Soup (Dongchimi Gooksu)
This recipe for dongchimi noodles can take between 10 minutes and 3 days to prepare. If you buy the dongchimi ready-made or you already have it, then this recipe takes about 10 minutes. If you are starting from scratch, then it takes about 3 days for the dongchimi to reach the correct flavor. It's worth it though, as the end result is a tart, refreshing bowl of cold noodles.
Korean Soy Bean Sprout Rice (Kongnamulbab)
Koreans like to eat rice cooked with different beans and mixed with vegetables, but kongnamulbab is a personal favorite of mine. We only had it at special meals growing up, so I still get excited to eat it, whether it's being served to me or I've made it with leftover sprouts.
Kimchi Fried Rice (Kimchi Bokumbap)
Kimchi Fried Rice is humble food that is mostly enjoyed at home, but you might also see it in some casual Korean eateries. At home, it's a great way to use leftover kimchi that's a bit past its prime. I almost always make it if we have leftover rice and/or kimchi, and usually use Canadian bacon as a protein if I have it. Quick, easy, and cheap to make, kimchi bokumbap is simple Korean homecooking at its best.
Korean “Sushi” Rolls (Kimbap)
I am calling these Korean rice rolls sushi because at first glance, they do resemble the Japanese rolls that Westerners associate with sushi. But kimbap is not considered fine or fancy fare in Korea, it's actually picnic and snack food that you eat with your hands. Portable and neat, kimbap is the perfect food for on the go or for a packed lunch. Traditional fillings include seasoned vegetables, egg, meat and/or imitation crab, but these days anything goes.
Korean Mixed Vegetables and Rice (Bibimbap)
Bibimbap is delicious, gorgeous on the plate, and easily tweaked for different palates and spice levels. I've included seven vegetables in this recipe, but you can easily make it with just 3 or 4 or what you have in your fridge. Koreans usually eat this rice dish with some beef, but I usually top mine with just an egg fried sunny side-up.
Korean Mixed Rice with Sashimi (Hwe Dub Bap) Recipe
Hwe Dub Bap combines three things that Koreans love: raw seafood, rice, and spicy sauces. This big bowl of sushi-grade raw fish, vegetables, and rice is served with a sweet and spicy sauce on the side, so that everyone can mix it according to their personal spice levels.
Stir Fried Korean Noodles (Chapchae)
Chapchae is one of the most popular noodle dishes in Korea, and also seems to be the one that Westerners like best. The foundation of the dish is the mixture of the noodles, soy sauce, garlic, and sesame oil. Because sweet potato noodles both absorb tons of flavor, you can mix and match the vegetables or meat to your liking. I used broccoli, red peppers, shiitake mushrooms, bulgogi, and onion in the version pictured here, and that flavor and color combination is one of my favorites.
Korean Spicy Noodle Soup
This spicy soup is such a forgiving recipe that I make it when I need a quick meal with a few ingredients. It can take different vegetables, noodles, and proteins and will still taste good. This recipe calls for Tofu Shirataki noodles, which are low-carb Japanese noodles. But if you are not on a low-carb diet, you can use other Asian noodles; I like to use udon or sweet potato noodles.
Pine Nut Rice Porridge (Jat Juk)
This pine nut soup used to only be served on special occasions or as an ancient cold remedy because of the price and rarity of pine nuts. But now many Koreans enjoy jat juk for any meal of the day and still use it as a cold remedy. Korean studies have also uncovered the possibility that pine nuts suppress your appetite, so their popularity has surged in Korea.
Korean Cold Noodles (Mul Naengmyun) Recipe
Naeng myun (or naengmyoen) is a Korean cold noodle dish made of buckwheat noodles topped with egg, meat, vegetables, and a savory, vinegary ice-cold broth. It is healthy, refreshing in hot weather, and is a one-bowl meal that requires very little time at the stove.
How to Make Rice on the Stove
Every Korean household has a rice cooker, but there are times when you do need to make rice on the stove. If you need more rice than normal for a dinner party, if your rice cooker breaks, or if you're cooking in someone else's kitchen, then it's useful to know how to make rice the old-fashioned way.