Korean Bibim Gooksoo
June 21, 2008
Posted by: Y
The other day, one of my co-workers wanted me to go with him to pick up some Korean street food for lunch. This lunch cart was supposed to be located about 5 blocks away from our workplace- lo and behold, when we arrived there, there was no such cart. My co-worker insisted that we get Korean food, so we walked further uptown to get bibim gooksoo at a place he found online. We pretty much ended up walking 11 blocks and two avenues to get this noodle dish (we had to take the subway back to work)! When we got back to our office, we sampled our fare and my co-worker thought the dish was awesome. I, however, was not as impressed- my Korean palate found the dish underseasoned and bland (not worth 10 dollars). Since I was not satisfied with our bibim gooksoo excursion, I decided to make the dish at home this weekend:
-1/2 large cucumber (or 1 small one), cut into thin matchsticks
-1 asian pear, cut into small pieces
-1 cup kimchi (at least 1-2 weeks old), cut into small bite-size pieces
-2 tbsp gochujang (korean red pepper paste)
-1 tbsp honey
-2 1/2 tbsp rice vinegar
-1 tbsp soy sauce
-1 tbsp brown sugar
-1 tbsp minced garlic
-1 tbsp sesame oil
-3 bunches of soba noodles
-2-3 large eggs, hard-boiled
1. Cook soba noodles according to package instructions; drain and rinse in cold water.
2. Combine all ingredients in a bowl with soba noodles, and mix thorougly.
3. Add one hard-boiled egg (sliced in half) on top of each serving, and enjoy!!
(Feeds 2 people- if you want to make it for 3, just cook up a little more soba)
The results were great- this is exactly what I wanted when I trekked uptown for bibim gooksoo. And if you make Korean food often, as I try to, you will have a majority of these ingredients at home (so it’s a very cheap meal)! The asian pear is essential- if you cannot find asian pear, you can substitute it with slices of apple (but it won’t be as awesome as the pear). The pear adds a crisp, refreshing touch to the dish. Perfect for hot summer nights~
P.S. My boyfriend G and I adopted (bought) a new baby today:
Gorgeous! The picture of the dish above is thanks to this beauty. I’m not used to photographing food, so I’ll be working on adjusting the settings to take nice pictures for our blog. :)