You know that Dr. Tae Yun Kim is a most amazingly great cook, right? She has the most delicious recipes, but even within those recipes, there are so many awesome variations, it’s hard to keep up with them. To Dr. Kim, it’s very important that the ingredients are organic, garden fresh and very healthy choices. One of her sayings is, “Don’t treat your body like a garbage disposal!”
Last posting we saw about hot foods in the middle of a scorching summer. Well, this time we’ll talk about a very tasty food that Koreans love to make to cool you off when it’s very hot outside.
Cold noodles are an old standby, and most likely you will be able to get them at your local Korean restaurant. But it’s nothing like what Dr. Tae Yun Kim makes.
The noodles always have a great variety of vegetables in them, sometimes even slices of fruit, and often some protein source, such as cooked chilled chicken, or crab legs, or thinly sliced beef; and they always include a hard boiled .
For the noodles, Dr. Tae Yun Kim chooses healthy kinds; such as arrowroot noodles, or buckwheat or acorn noodles; things that are not too starch heavy. She sometimes even uses the see-through, glass noodles made from sweet potatoes.
The preparation is fairly simple – if you know what you are doing. Dr. Kim starts with thinly cut vegetables, or cut in very fine sticks or slices, such as carrots, celery, broccoli, bell peppers, cucumbers, Asian pears, cherry tomatoes, asparagus, thinly sliced cabbage, to name a few. You can also add slightly pre-boiled (and chilled again) green beans and spinach. You can use all of the veggies or just some. To add a little sweet kick add some sliced Strawberries and oranges to the happy mix.
Then Dr. Tae Yun Kim makes the marinade, which can be a simple combination of apple cider vinegar, Korean fish sauce, garlic, water, a little honey if you like it a little sweet, lemon juice and ground garlic until it tastes perfect to you.
If you like it hot, add some Korean hot pepper paste. Mix this very well.
While you chop and mix the veggies, boil the water for the noodles. Add plenty of salt and garlic (you can also add dried anchovies and dried small crab) to the water if you like a strong seafood flavor.)
When the noodles are very al dente, drain and wash in cold water. By wash Dr. Kim means just that -grab a handful of noodles and rub it against another handful of noodles, as if you were doing a hand wash. Check out the water – a lot of starch gets washed out that way, making the noodles even healthier.
Submerge the noodles in ground ice, and mix with the prepared veggies and sauce. Taste and adjust to your liking. Top with one (or more) hardboiled eggs and add chicken or seafood or beef, if you have any.
Quickly sit down and eat – it’s best very fresh, crispy and cold!