Rice and Noodle Recipes
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...
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.
Korean-Style Spicy Linguine with Clam Sauce Recipe
A Korean-style spicy linguine with clam sauce recipe.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.