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Cold Korean Noodle Soup (Naengmyun)

An Olive Oil Recipe

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Prep Information

Prep Time

30 minutes

Cook Time

90 minutes

Serves

4 people

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup red onion, sliced very thin
  • 3 Tablespoons Pinot Noir Wine Vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pkg. Naengmyan noodles (buckwheat noodles with potato or sweet potato starch - look in Asian markets or on Amazon)
  • 4 eggs at room temperature
  • seaweed strips
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup Asian pear (or Bosc pear), julienned
  • 1/4 cup cucumber, julienned
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoons Hondashi (Bonito Soup Stock available at Asian markets and Amazon.com)
  • 2 (64 oz) containers beef stock
  • 1 onion, cut in half, 3 large carrots cut in half
  • 2 stalks celery +2 stewing beef bones
  • 3 Tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2-3 Tablespoons Portuguese Cobrancosa, Coratina, or any good EVOO
  • 1 lb. flank steak
  • black sesame seeds (optional)

Instructions

  • Cook the noodles, following package instructions. Drain the noodles, running cold water over them and toss them a bit.
  • Bring a pot of water to a rolling boil. carefully place the eggs into the water. Boil the eggs for exactly 6 minutes for a soft yolk. As soon as they're done, run cold water over them until they are cool enough to handle. Peel and set in the refrigerator to cool completely.
  • Mix the pickled topping ingredients together (Asian pear and next 5 ingredients, ending with salt) and let sit for 20 minutes.
  • Place the broth ingredients (beef stock through the next 6 ingredients, ending with salt) in a large stock pot. Bring to a boil and simmer for 40 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the broth come to room temperature. Strain the broth and refrigerate until well-chilled.
  • Preheat the grill or grill pan to high, direct heat. Rub the steak with the oil and season generously with salt and freshly ground pepper. Grill for 3-4 minutes on each side. Grill to medium rare. Set aside to cool then place in refrigerator for at least 6 hours and better yet, overnight.
  • Assembling the soup:
  • Garnish with seaweed and black sesame seeds (optional).
  • Serve while still very cold.
  • Slice the egg in half and place both halves in the bowl.
  • Top with pickled salad.
  • Lay a few slices of beef on top of the noodles.
  • Slice the cold beef thinly.
  • Cut the noodles with kitchen shears (they are very long) and place in each serving bowl.
  • Spoon the broth over the noodles.
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