When I bought a cold instant noodles pack, Michael said I was crazy. His point was, who would want to have freezing cold noodles in the middle of winter? I picked it up as a back up just in case I couldn’t find buckwheat noodles for New years eve, but since I had found buckwheat noodles I didn’t need to use this packet. However as the expiry date was getting closer, I had to use it up somehow. There, that’s my excuse for cooking these in Winter.
My defense theory (for cooking these in winter) was “the smell of garlic takes away the smell of onions.” Along the same theory, there is also a Korean saying “Rule the heat with the heat and rule the cold with the cold.” Michael insisted that it is a crazy idea. So I decided to eat these noodles when Michael wasn’t around. I had my sister over for a couple of weeks now, so I decided to have the noodles with them. It didn’t make me colder than I expected (I was having noodles on a really well heated floor, so called ondol)
Though, maybe Michael was right. I would have appreciated them more if it was a hot summer day.
This is a picture of the instant packet I used. (It does look really nice, doesn’t it? Although my meal doesn’t look nearly as good as this, but as least mine is very encouraging for you to give it a try )
Made by CJ
Price : 3,720 won (US $ 3.90) at Homeplus
Inside of the packet (for 2 people) – It includes two packs of noodles, two packs of broth, and two packs of mustard sauce
Cooking for 2 people
- Slightly freeze the broth in its packet. (It takes about 3-4 hours)
- Boil the noodles in boiling water (7 cups) for 1 minute.
- Drain the water and rinse the noodles in cold water a couple of times.
- Put the noodles in a bowl, add the broth. You can add boiled egg, cucumber, pickled radish, pear, steamed pork etc, as a topping if you want. I only had egg and cucumber available, so I just added those two.
- Enjoy! (You can add the mustard sauce if you want)
The noodles’ taste depends 90% on the broth, and the broth was nearly as good as some restaurants in Korea (Apparently not many restaurants make the broth themselves, they buy it from the food suppliers). In my opinion, as long as you can make some effort for the toppings (more than I did), it will taste as good as you can get them from a restaurant.
Total Points for winter : 3.1 (5 is the highest)
- Taste – 4/5 (if I had more toppings, I would give 4.5/5)
- Affordable price – 4.3/5 (compared to eating it at a restaurant where one dish is usually US $5.30)
- Appropriateness for winter – 1/5 (Just writing about this post, makes me shiver. )
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