COLD SOBA NOODLES

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A cold soba noodle recipe that is both simple and quick to prepare. Dry buckwheat noodles, also known as soba noodles, and a few additional pantry staples from Korea are used in the preparation of this meal.

Because it is so easy to put together, it is an ideal dish to prepare on a weeknight or a Sunday when you are not too busy. Particularly during the warm months of summer, it will quickly become your new favorite dish to eat with noodles.

COLD SOBA NOODLES WITH PERILLA OIL DRESSING: WHAT exactly are these?

One of the most well-liked Korean noodle dishes that is currently witnessing a surge all over the world is perilla oil noodles, which are also popularly known as cold soba noodles with perilla oil dressing. Perilla-oil noodles are also commonly known as perilla-oil noodles. There is another name for perilla oil noodles, which is perilla oil dressing. The term “Deulgireum Makguksu” (also written as “들기름 막국수”) is employed in the Korean language to denote this specific location, which is associated with the kingdom of Memil Guksu. The Korean word for noodles is guksu, and the word for buckwheat is memil. Both of these words are used in Korean. These two words originate from the Korean language where they are used. Toasted sesame seeds, perilla oil, and soy sauce are the ingredients that go into making the sauce that is used to top soba noodles. Other pantry staples are also used. Immediately following the completion of the boiling and draining processes, this sauce is then applied to the noodles. After the noodles have been cooked to perfection, the sauce is carefully poured over them.

COLD SOBA NOODLES
COLD SOBA NOODLES

When compared to the several types of soba noodle dishes that are popular in Korea, this recipe for a sauce for noodles is not as spicy as those other dishes can be described as being. This is because the sauce for noodles is made with different ingredients. To be more specific, this particular dish is classified as Ganjang Bibim Guksu, which is also widely referred to as 谄장 비빘국수 (soy sauce mixed noodle cuisine of the Korean cuisine).

If you are someone who enjoys eating hot noodles, you might want to consider switching to one of these two recipes instead. Both of these are delicious possibilities. Aside from soba noodles, there are also noodles that are covered with a sweet chili soy vinaigrette and hot kimchi noodles combined. These noodles are one of the options available. They are a flexible choice to consider.

The snapshot that is presented below demonstrates that it is even feasible to acquire perilla oil noodles in pre-packaged form before purchasing them. Performing this action is something that you are capable of doing. On the other hand, I came to the realization that this was not even close to being as magnificent as the ones that I had cooked at home.

WHAT DEFINES PERILLA OIL?

A form of vegetable oil known as perilla oil is obtained by heating the seeds of a plant known as perilla and then extracting the oil. The aroma and flavor of toasted perilla oil are reminiscent of toasted sesame oil; it is light brown in color and has a little nutty and earthy aroma. The flavor profile, on the other hand, is extremely distinguishable from that. In Korean meals that include sautéing vegetables, it is frequently utilized.

If you are interested in learning more about perilla oil, you might find this post, Perilla Oil, to be of use to you.

TIPS FOR SUBSTITUTIONING
There are two types of noodles that are recommended for this recipe: soba noodles and buckwheat noodles. However, if you are unable to locate either of these types of noodles, you can substitute them with somen noodles (somyeon 솜면). It is possible that the chewing texture is not exactly correct due to the fact that they are much thinner than soba noodles; yet, they are excellent at absorbing flavors.

COLD SOBA NOODLES
COLD SOBA NOODLES

In the event that you are unable to locate perilla oil, you still have the option of using sesame oil. In spite of the fact that the flavor profile is fairly distinct, the nutty scent and flavor of sesame oil are more comparable to those of perilla oil than they are to those of other products. It is important to use toasted sesame oil rather than untoasted sesame oil when you are using sesame oil because the latter will result in a flavor that is more reminiscent of nuts. Additionally, use a less quantity of it than what is specified in the recipe. For instance, if the recipe calls for two tablespoons of perilla oil, you should substitute one to one and a half tablespoons of sesame oil.

Tsuyu is a Japanese condiment that serves multiple purposes, including as a dipping sauce or as a basis for Japanese noodle soup. It is a versatile condiment. It is most frequently used as an accompaniment to dishes that contain soba and udon noodles, in addition to foods that do not contain tempura. Additionally, this sauce is utilized in a few meals that are either Korean or Korean-Japanese fusion in nature. You could use homemade dried anchovy and kelp stock (also known as Korean soup stock) in place of tsuyu at your discretion. However, because tsuyu has a flavor that is somewhat more robust than that of Korean soup stock, you will need to dilute it with some water in order to achieve a more balanced flavor.

THE APPROACH TO SERVING
Due to the fact that this meal is specifically a cold noodle dish, it is strongly suggested that the noodles be served cold. Additionally, you won’t need to serve any additional meals as a side dish when you use these soba noodles because they are already prepared. If, on the other hand, you would want to enhance the dinner, you can do so by preparing extra toppings (which are comparable to those that are detailed in the recipe that is presented below). As a general rule, I don’t bother with any additional ingredients because the objective of this soba noodle is to be as straightforward as possible.

It is possible to serve it with pickled radish or cucumber pickles if you want to taste more of the flavor and texture that is characteristic of Korean cuisine.

In addition, it is possible to serve it with white kimchi; however, I would not recommend using regular kimchi because it has the potential to overpower the flavor of the dish.

THIS KOREAN SUMMER NOODLE IS AVAILABLE IN ADDITION TO These Recipes
I can’t get enough of noodles, especially throughout the warmer months of the year. It is imperative that you give these noodles a shot because they are so tasty and impossible to resist. On no account will you be disappointed in any manner.

COLD SOBA NOODLES
COLD SOBA NOODLES

INGREDIENTS FOR COLD SOBA NOODLES, SERVES 2

MAIN

  • 180 g / 6.3 ounces dry buckwheat noodles (soba noodles)
  • 10 g / 0.4 ounces seasoned dried seaweed (gim, nori), finely crushed
  • 10 g / 0.4 ounces green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1-2 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds

COLD SOBA SAUCE

  • 1.5 Tbsp soy sauce, regular (I used kikkoman soy sauce)
  • 2 Tbsp tsuyu (Japanese soup base) * see below for substitution
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 2 Tbsp perilla oil or 1 to 1.5 Tbsp sesame oil (toasted)
  • 2 tsp sugar, raw or light brown
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame seeds

OPTIONAL TOPPINGS

  • thin sliced cucumber
  • radish sprouts
  • boiled egg
  • thin sliced cooked zucchini
  • thin sliced perilla leaves
  • poached shredded chicken breast
  • canned tuna

* If you don’t have tsuyu, substitute it with 3 tbsp of homemade dried anchovy and kelp stock (Korean soup stock) and omit the water from the soba sauce ingredients.

** If you want to learn more about essential Korean ingredients, check my Korean ingredients list.

HOW TO MAKE COLD SOBA NOODLES

1. Boil the soba noodles in rolling boiling water just until tender following the package instructions. Drain and rinse in cold water to cool down. Transfer the noodles into a mixing bowl.

2. While the noodles are cooking, combine the sauce ingredients in a small bowl and mix them well. Set aside.

3. Combine the noodles with the sauce in a mixing bowl.

4. Transfer the noodles into a bowl. Garnish with the seaweed, green onions, and sesame seeds by sprinkling them around the bowl. Top up with your choice of other optional topping ingredients listed above. Serve.

 

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