Korean Bibim Gook Soo

Ingredients

Sauce

  • 7 3/4 Ounces  Fuji apples, unpeeled, core removed, and chopped
  • 1/2 Cup  canned pineapple chunks in pineapple juice
  • 1/4 Cup  chopped Fresno peppers
  • 1/4 Cup  chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/4 Cup  brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons  sake
  • 1/2 Cup  Korean coarse red pepper powder, also known as gochugaru
  • 1/2 Cup  rice syrup
  • 1/3 Cup  rice vinegar
  • 1/4  Cup  Korean red pepper paste, also known as gochujang
  • 1/4  Cup  soy sauce
  • 3/4 Tablespoons  salt
  • 1/2 Cup  sesame oil
  • 1/5  Cup  lemon-lime soda, such as Sprite
  • 14 Ounces  somen noodles
  •   cucumber, julienned
  • 2 s  hard-boiled eggs, cut in half
  • 1/2   Asian pear, peeled and sliced
  • 1 Cup  kimchi, roughly chopped
  •  Dash of  sesame seeds for garnish

Now that the weather is getting warmer, it's the perfect time to enjoy Korean bibim gook soo. This cold noodle dish is served in a spicy sauce and topped with a hard-boiled egg, fresh cucumber slices, sliced Japanese pear, kimchi, and a sprinkle of sesame seeds. It can be made vegetarian or for meat lovers, with sliced beef. This recipe is a modern take on the tradional Korean dish, with a fruity sauce that adds a little sweet to the spice. 

Directions

Sauce

Prepare the sauce for the noodles by blending together the apples, pineapple chunks with the juices, fresno, and red bell pepper. Purée until smooth. Transfer to a large bowl and add the brown sugar and sesame oil, whisking until combined. Let sit for at least 30 minutes and up to 3 days.

Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Add the somen noodles and cook according to the package directions. Rinse in cold water and drain.

Right before serving, add the Sprite to the sauce and mix. Pour 1/2 of the sauce over the noodles and mix well until the noodles are fully coated. Add more sauce if needed, reserving any remaining for next time. Portion the noodles into 4 bowls. Top with ½ a boiled egg each, julienned cucumber, pear slices, ¼ cup kimchi, and a sprinkle of sesame seeds. Serve immediately. 

Notes

The sauce in this recipe tastes better the longer it sits, allowing the flavors to develop. If you cannot find rice syrup, corn syrup can be used as a substitute.

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