When the weather is soaring hot during the summer season in Korea, eating hot rice doesn't sound that attractive. Many Koreans like to enjoy cold noodles. There are several types of Korean noodle dishes that brings a great deal of gastronomic pleasures. Out of all, the spicy buckwheat noodle dish called Nangmyun (냉면) might be the most popular. you will find the numerous Nangmyun noodle houses anywhere in Korea.

This is one of the many types of buckwheat noodles. It contains some amount of wheat flour to hold the noodle shape becuase100% buckwheat noodles tend to break easily. Nangmyun noodle is chewy but soft, which is pleasant to serve with cold spicy sauce.

If you can't find the Korean style buckwheat noodles, you can use any type of wheat noodles or vermicelli. The spicy sauce is almost as good as with other types of noodles, and it can be made easily and quickly at home.

Grate the apple and onion on a fine grater in a small mixing bowl.

Dump in the rest of the sauce ingredients, and mix well.

Oh, don't forget to add the toasted sesame seeds! Mix thoroughly. You can keep this sauce in the fridge for up to 1 month in a airtight container.

Thinly shred the cabbage, cucumber, and carrot.

Cook the noodles in a boiling water for 4-5 minutes or according to the package direction, separating the noodles so they don't stick to each other.

You will need to rinse the noodles under the cold running water to get rid of the extra starch. This will also help the noodles to stay cold.

Place the noodles in a serving bowl.

Place the shredded vegetables, and top up with the spicy sauce. Adding an hard boiled egg is the tradition to serve this noodle dish. You can also add thinly sliced roasted beef.

To serve, many people like to cut their noodles once or twice with a pair of scissor to shorten the length. The nangmyun noodles tend to be quite long and it can be annoying, sometimes, to try to cut it with your teeth.

Mix well with your chopsticks and enjoy!

It will be spicy, of course! But you will love the flavor and the coolness of the noodles so much that you will forget about how hot it is outside.

Beat the heat with the other kind of heat! Hope you enjoy!

~ Holly

Spicy Korean Buckwheat Noodles (Nangmyun)

Serves 4


  • 1 package buckwheat noodles
  • 1/4 cabbage shredded
  • 1 cucumber thinly sliced
  • 1 carrot shredded
  • 4 hard boiled eggs
  • thin slices of roasted beef, optional

For the sauce:

  • 1/4 apple peeled, seeded, and grated
  • 1/4 onion, grated
  • 3 tablespoons Korean chili flakes
  • 2 tablespoons Korean chili paste
  • 3 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds


  1. In a small mixing bowl, combine all the sauce ingredients and set aside.
  2. Cook the buckwheat noodles in boiling water for 4-5 minutes or according to your package direction. Drain the noodles in a colander and rinse in cold running water. 
  3. Place individual portions of noodles in serving bowls, top with shredded vegetables, hard boiled eggs, and roasted beef slices (optional). Drizzle the spicy sauce over and serve immediately.

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