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The Best Korean Summer Noodles

Discover seven perfect Korean summer noodles that will help you beat the summer heat! Here, you will find some of the most popular Korean noodle dishes in summer.

Perfect Korean Summer Noodles - The best of the best! |

I don’t know about you, but I love noodles. And, I particularly crave them a lot in summer!

In oriental medicine theory, wheat based noodles are known to have cooling characteristics. Maybe that’s why noodles are popular in summer. What do you think? Do you crave noodles in summer?

Whatever the reasons might be I think summer is a perfect time to make some noodles!

Have you tried making any of these at home? If not, now is the time!

The Best Korean Summer Noodles

1. Bibim Naengmyeon (Korean Spicy Cold Noodles)

Naengmyeon is Korea’s signature summer noodles. There are a few different varieties of naengmyeon and my favorite is by far bibim naengmyeon. It’s spicy, slightly sweet and tangy. Hugely addictive for sure!

The Best Korean Summer Noodles - Bibim Naengmyeon (Korean Spicy Cold Noodles) |

Get the recipe for bibim naengmyeon


2. Kimchi Guksu (Cold Spicy Kimchi Noodles)

This noodle dish is loaded with ripened kimchi and it adds a unique savory taste to the noodles. It’s also hugely moreish!

Spicy Cold Kimchi Noodles |

Get the recipe for kimchi noodles


3. Korean Soba Noodles with Sweet Chili Soy Sauce

The feature of this noodle dish is sweet chilli soy sauce. It’s light, slightly salty, but sweet and tangy at the same time. All the best of flavor brought through the cold cucumber and soba noodles. Addiction alert!

Korean Soba Noodles with Sweet Chili Soy Sauce |

Get the recipe for Korean soba noodles with sweet chili soy sauce


4. Jjolmyeon (Korean Spicy Chewy Noodles)

The highlight of Jjolmyeon is chewy bouncy textured noodles. It’s also topped with soybean sprouts and shredded cabbage, so it gives a really nice crunchy texture!

Korean Spicy Chewy Noodles (Jjolmyeon) |

Get the recipe for jjolmyeon


5. Bibim Guksu (Spicy, Sweet and Vinegary Noodles)

This bibim guksu makes a great light meal. It’s mixed with garden salad and kimchi. It’s a perfect cold noodle salad!

Korean Spicy, Sweet and Vinegary Noodles (Bibim Guksu) |

Get the recipe for bibim guksu


6. Mul Naengmyeon (Korean Cold Noodle Soup)

These noodles are served in icy cold broth and it tastes slightly sweet, tangy and savory. It will help you forget about hot and humid summer weather!

Korean cold noodle soup (Mul Naengmyeon)

Get the recipe for mul naengmyeon


7. Kalguksu (Korean Knife Cut Noodle Soup)

Unlike the other noodles mentioned above, Kalguksu is served in warm soup. Nonetheless, it’s a popular summer noodles!

There are a few different ways to serve the noodles but I prefer serving them with lots of seafood in it. It’s simply refreshing and comforting. It’s worth every drop of sweat! 😉

Kalguksu (Korean Knife Cut Noodle Soup) Recipe |

Get the recipe for kalguksu

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Written by: Sue

Last Updated: May 13, 2019
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6 thoughts on “The Best Korean Summer Noodles”

  1. Hello Sue!

    Do you know of any Korean brands that create gluten-free naengmyun noodles?
    All the ones I see on Amazon include wheat flour in their ingredients.

    • Hi Aeri, I haven’t come across any gluten free naengmyeon noodles yet. (GF diet isn’t very big in Korea.) But maybe you can try this 100% buckwheat soba noodles? Bear in mind that the consistency of noodles will be different compared to regular Korean naengmyeon noodles. 🙂

  2. Several years ago, I was pretty sure to win a company-wide award, which would be presented at the year-end (holiday) party. I began an atkins-type low carb regimen so I’d look fab, in case I was called on stage by the CEO. Low carb was easy-peasy for me, even thanksgiving pies & xmas cookies didn’t sway me. So, I kept it up into the next year. But, man oh man, it is crazy hard to be Japanese & not have noodles in summer! Never realized until then, what a big part of my cultural identity soba & somen are, & how much I adore them.

    Guessing it’s the same for Koreans, being next door neighbors and all.

    those are appetizing pix! going shopping right now. thanks for the post & the enticing recipes.


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