Bibim Guksu (Korean Spicy Cold Noodles)

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Last weekend, my family and I went to Flushing, NY., one of the largest Korea towns in the U.S., to watch the World Cup Round of 16 game between Korea and Uruguay. Korea played amazingly but still lost! After the game, we ate at a small Korean restaurant nearby. While looking at the menu, bibim guksu got my attention right away. I really did not have to think twice about it, and it was the right decision. The dish was so cool and refreshing! It was just what I needed after the heartbreaking game on a scorching day. 
Bibim guksu is a cold noodle dish that is usually made with thin wheat flour noodles (somyeon) or buckwheat noodles (memil guksu). The noodles are typically mixed in a sweet and sour gochujang sauce. If more soy sauce and less chili pepper paste is used, it can be made mild. 
You can toss it all together before serving, or arrange everything in a serving bowl so it can be mixed at the table. The latter allows each person to adjust the amount of sauce to his or her liking.
As with its rice counterpart, bibimbap, this is a very versatile dish. A simple version I recall from my childhood memories is made only with sliced kimchi and fresh cucumbers. On the other hand, the one I ate at the NY restaurant had plenty of surprises such as strips of squid, snails, shrimps and avocado.
Here, I kept it simple. Using buckwheat noodles, I added a few vegetables to create a nice combination of colors, flavors and textures. Other vegetables commonly used are carrots, scallions, perilla leaves, and Korean radishes. Although not as common, red bell peppers, bean sprouts, watercress, and spring mix can all be excellent additions to this dish as well.
So, be creative and have fun with it! The result is an especially appetizing dish that is perfect for hot summer days!
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Bibim Guksu (Spicy Cold Noodles)

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  • 8 ounces buckwheat memil guksu/soba or wheat flour noodles (somyeon/somen)
  • 1 Kirby pickling cucumber, julienned
  • 3 to 4 red cabbage leaves julienned
  • 3 to 4 lettuce leaves
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced kimchi
  • 1 boiled egg optional


  • 3 tablespoons Korean chili pepper paste gochujang
  • 1 tablespoon Korean chili pepper flakes gochugaru (if you like extra heat)
  • 1 teaspoon Korean/Asian hot mustard paste optional
  • 2 tablespoons sugar or use honey or corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds


  • Mix all sauce ingredients and keep it cool in the fridge.
  • Prepare the vegetables and keep them cool in the fridge or in ice water (drain well before using).
  • Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Cook the noodles according to the package instructions (5 – 6 minutes). Drain quickly and shock in cold water to stop cooking. Drain and rinse in icy cold water until the noodles are very cold. Make two one-serving size mounds. Place the mounds in a colander to drain.
  • Place the noodles in the middle of the serving bowl and nicely arrange the cold vegetables over the noodles. Drop a few ice cubes so the dish can stay cool while eating. The sauce can be served on top or separately.


You can also add a small amount of lemon juice, orange juice, or soda such as coke or sprite for an additional layer of flavor.
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  2. How many does this serve?

  3. Olivia Zeh says

    Just made this today- came out great! Thanks for the awesome recipe

  4. Hello!
    I just discovered your site and I love it! Can you tell me if this dish is also called bibim naengmyon?
    Thank you!

    • Hi Lisa – I am so happy that you found me! No this doesn’t use naengmyeon noodle, which is a different type of noodles.

  5. Moumita Malla says

    Yuuuuuumy Korean Foods…being an Indian we will love to try them out.

  6. Thanks for another delicious recipe. I was wondering if you have any suggestions on how to make a more toddler-friendly spicy sauce?

    • Hi Grace – Omit chili pepper flakes, and reduce or omit chili pepper paste and hot mustard. You may need to add a bit more soy sauce if not using the chili pepper paste. Also, you can add some ketchup instead to give a little color and flavor. Let me know how your child likes it if you try.

  7. Julien Kim says

    I am eating it right now, after eating it in a restaurant many years ago – SO GOOD, thank you!

  8. Jeno @ Weeknite Meals says

    Hi Hyosun, thank you for sharing this recipe, looks absolutely wonderful! We went to the Korean Super Market today (takes about 45 minutes from our neighborhood), it’s always worth the journey, as soon as we walk in, the smell of Korean food hits and our mouth waters the whole time while shopping!

  9. This looks beautiful. This sounds like a wonderful recipe and I know my family will enjoy it. This is my first visit to your blog, but I will be back often. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  10. Hi Fern – Thanks for taking the time to let me know that. I am happy to hear you liked it.

  11. Hi Hyosun,
    I just made this yesterday and it was very good! Thanks for sharing a wonderful recipe! 🙂

  12. Hyosun Ro says

    Thank you, Bliss Bunny, for trying my recipe and leaving the nice comments. I really appreciate it. A little bit of coke or sprite will be good. I know some people do that.

  13. Bliss Bunny says

    I made this recipe, your guksu sauce is amazing and the choice of vegetables is great. Very crispy and nice!! Next time, I’ll try to adding a little coca-cola or sprite. Fun!!! Thank you!

  14. bunkycooks says

    This is one of my favorite dishes to order out. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  15. Another fabulous summer dish, Hyosun! I love soba noodles and this looks very refreshing. It’s finally starting to warm-up where I live and I’d love to try this.

  16. Tanantha @ I Just Love My Apron says

    I love Korean food!! this looks so good! now i’m craving it again

  17. denise @ quickies on the dinner table says

    Oh goodness! Every time I come here, I am reminded of how much and why I love Korean food so much! Another great recipe. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  18. Sigh… this looks so good. I keep telling myself I’m going to go to the Korean market to pick up some staples so I can make my own Korean food but I just never get around to it! But with summer around the corner (hopefully… it’s grey and drizzly here in LA) some bibim guksu or mool neng myun will be in order!

  19. penny aka jeroxie says

    will be keeping this for summer. Excellent!

  20. Cook with Madin says

    Buckwheat noodles is always my favorite. This looks lovely and refreshing.


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