Asian cuisine is a favorite in this house – we love trying new restaurants and dishes that are Chinese, Japanese, Korean, you name it! I usually incorporate at least 1 Asian inspired dish into my weekly menu not only because we enjoy it but because I have so many Asian inspired recipes saved up.
A while back I came across a Korean inspired food blog and have pinned some really interesting dishes that I eventually want to try out. One of those dishes is Beef Bibim Guksu. This Korean dish is comprised of cold noodles, tender pieces of beef, colorful veggies, an egg and of course some spicy sauce. The nice thing about this dish is that you can add a variety of vegetables to it and you can make it as spicy or mild as you’d like because the meat isn’t actually what gives off the heat, it’s the sauce. I don’t particularly like cold noodles, so instead I served them at room temperature.
The recipe calls for Korean chili pepper and Korean chili paste, now I have a lot, and i mean a lot, of condiments in my pantry but those two aren’t in there. Instead of going out and buying the chili pepper/paste, I used some good old Sambal Oelek which I always have that lying around, and it definitely did the trick of adding heat and a nice taste. If you’re adverse to heat, you can always dial back on the chili pepper/paste/sambal oelek, or just leave it out all together and have more of a sweet/tangy sauce.
As for the veggies, I didn’t have any cucumbers on hand so I omitted those but I think this dish would also be great with some shredded cabbage as it gives a great crunch. The recipe also suggests to pan fry just the red peppers but I went ahead and pan fried both the peppers and the carrots to give them a bit more flavor.
The end result was nothing short of delicious; when the self proclaimed food critic hubby says so you don’t disagree. The beef was tender, the veggies were soft yet still a little crispy and the sauce made the dish as spicy or mild as your heart desires. Don’t be put off by trying to make fancy sounding international dishes, like bibim guksu as they’re really quite simple to make.
Modifications made to this dish include:
– Using sambal oelek instead of Korean chili paste and Korean chili flakes
– Pan frying both the carrots and the red peppers
– Using buckwheat soba noodles and serving them at room temperature
– Serving an over hard egg instead of a boiled egg