Korean Bibim Naengmyun (Instant Spicy Cold Noodles)
Though I am not a big fan of cold dishes, this instant bibim naengmyun (Korean cold noodles) is pretty refreshing and filling at the same time. The original instant version is simply cold noodles mixed in with the spicy hot sauce (which is great in itself despite its simplicity) but when you add some vegetables and lettuce it really makes a complete meal. This was just one of our lunch menu items last week when the weather got considerably warm. For those not familiar with Korean noodles, the more popular version called mul naengmyun (chilled Korean noodles) is a hit with noodle lovers. They are usually topped with the same ingredients of hard boiled eggs, julienned cucumbers, pear or apple slices, and beef strips, accompanied by vinegar and hot mustard sauces nearby. This latter version is not spicy compared to bibim naengmyun but it is equally as good. We still haven't posted an official recipe for a cold noodle dish, but with the warmer weather ahead I think we'll have something posted in no time.