Korean Cold Noodles Dishes
12. Makguksu (막국수) – Makguksu is a specialty of one of Korea’s food capitals, Chuncheon (in Gangwon Province). It’s very similar to naengmyeon in that they are both buckwheat noodles, but that’s where the similarities stop. Some consider Makguksu noodles to be “rougher,” and some like the radish-kimchi soup base better, too. Go to the makguksu museum in Chuncheon (approx. 1 hour from Seoul), or find it as a side dish at your local bossam restaurant.
13. Kimchimariguksu (김치마리국수) – cold kimchi noodle soup – Ooo, this Korean noodle dish is so clutch on a hot summer day. Combine two extremly awesome things from naengmyun (cold, icy broth) with kimchi (it’s kimchi, enough said!), and you get kimchi mari guksu. This extremely refreshing cold noodle dish should be a must for naengmyun lovers. Two popular Korean chain restaurants, New Village Restaurant (새마을식당) and School Food have good kimchi mari guksu. (Click here for image)
14. Kongguksu (콩국수) – cold soy milk noodles – This is one naengmyun alternative that is popular for those that love soy. People enjoy the thick milky soy broth along with the delicious noodles. This dish is perfect for vegetarians in Korea. If you’re looking for a famous restaurant to eat kongguksu, try Myeongdong Gyoja.
Watch this great video about Myeongdong Gyoja from Seouleats.com.
15. Jjolmyeon (쫄면) – chewy cold noodles – Jjolmyeon is a favorite for students for its chewy texture and refreshing, spicy taste. The noodles are thicker and chewier than naengmyeon and are mixed with gochujang (chili paste), vinegar, sugar and other vegetables. Sometimes jjolmyeon can be pretty spicy, but if you’re up for the challenge, this dish can commonly be found at bunshik (Korean snack food) restaurants (think restaurants that sell tteokbokki and fried snacks). (Click here for image)