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Friday, October 08, 2010


Here's a recipe for one of my favorite Korean foods, 콩국수, ie Kong guksu, ie cold noodles in a broth made of boiled, dried, and powdered beans.

1) Obtain bean powder from middle-aged lady friend's mother who lives in the countryside and is in her 60s but still runs an organic farm and makes her own kimchi etc. Place in bowl.

2) Add water slowly until broth reaches desired consistency. Not too much, as the nutty taste is paramount. Then boil noodles, drain, and rinse under cold water.

3) Add in your choice of fresh or cooked vegetables. Boiled green pumpkin, steam sweet pumpkin, cucumber spears and sliced tomatoes all work well. Also, some ice. This is, after all, a seasonal dish, a summer specialty.

4) For some extra fat and protein, drop in some peanuts. Crush, if you're so inclined.

5) To counter the rich and fatty flavor of beans, nuts, and noodles, a nice side of cool vegetables (cucumbers, cucumber-peppers [not very spicy, but crisp and tasty), and carrots are all good choices) and a salty dipping sauce made of soybean paste, red pepper paste, minced garlic, sesame oil, and perahps a drop of soysauce.

Then take a nap.


Sarah (Syrup and Honey) said...

I thought you preferred not to sleep on a full stomach? This sounds delicious...really enjoyed this post and the one on lotus root.

Mike said...

Au contraire! Despite my efforts to eat healthy, I do enjoy a nice indulgent pig-out-then-nap. Pretty frequently, to be honest! I'd say it's my biggest vice.