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    A Spicy Korean Noodle Soup

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    Panda Chef's Note:

    An "Anything Goes" would-be Korean soup. But if you don't have basic korean ingredients around the home, then I include my typical substitutions. * Kochukaru and Kochujang are typical Korean ingredients for Hot Pepper Flakes and Hot Pepper Paste (in that order) * If you do not have these available, I have included Cayenne Pepper and Maggi Sweet Chili Sauce as you can get the at most grocery stores This recipe was inspired by's Naomi Imatome-Yun (Korean Cooking). This is my favorite variation

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    • 1 cup chopped cabbage or 1 cup kale
    • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
    • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
    • 1 teaspoon sesame oil (I recommend Kadoya brand, or Orchid brand)
    • 2 tablespoons chili pepper flakes (Kochukaru) or 2 tablespoons cayenne powder (Kochukaru)
    • 4 cups chicken stock (my favorite, but use what you want)
    • 1/2 a scallion, chopped (optional)
    • 3 dried japanese chilies (optional)
    • 1 tablespoon sweet chili sauce (I prefer Maggi Sweet Chili Sauce, or Kochujang)
    • 2 eggs, Beaten
    • 8 ounces maifun noodles (or any rice noodle you please)
    • 6 ounces meat (beef, chicken, pork, or shrimp. Great for leftovers!)


    1. 1
      Begin boiling noodles (or if you prefer, finish boiling these first).
    2. 2
      Place chopped cabbage/kale into a stock pot and saute with soy sauce, garlic, sesame oil and chili pepper flakes until your cabbage is clear or kale has wilted.
    3. 3
      Immediately add the chicken soup stock and bring to boil.
    4. 4
      Reduce heat and add in sweet chili sauce to taste. (If you want a big kick (or you're mad at someone, add the Japanes Chilis).
    5. 5
      Add in chicken or beef. DO NOT ADD Shrimp or Tofu at this step.
    6. 6
      Bring back to a simmer.
    7. 7
      Beat Egg, then stream into soup.
    8. 8
      After 15 minutes add in noodls.
    9. 9
      Finally, add tofu or shrimp.
    10. 10
      Top with Scallions and Salt and Pepper as desire.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on November 28, 2010

      This is a really good tasting soup, but the 2 tbsp of chili pepper HAS to be a typo, RIGHT? I am HUGE spice eater, (the hotter the better!), but I ended up having to add 3 more quarts of broth just to take the edge off the spice. And I didn't even DREAM of adding peppers to that. The only other change was to put 4 eggs in (since I increased the broth so much), more cabbage, and added zucchini, just for some extra veggies. Even with the extra 3 quarts of liquid, my hubby can't eat it at all. And while I love it, my nose is running all over the keyboard, and tomorrow might not be so pleasant. :)

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    • on December 10, 2009


      My family enjoyed this so much that they asked me to make it again today for supper. We love cabbage so I used more than the recipe called for. I had some fried tofu on hand so I added than in place of the meat, but everyone thought it did not need any type of protein added at all. I also did not add the eggs or chilies. I added all 2 tblsp of the red pepper flakes and it had a real kick . But, I knew my teenage daughter would not be able to eat it, so I ended up adding extra broth to reduce the heat. I think this soup is wonderful as is, but it could easily take extra veggies like corn, snow peas or broccoli. This recipe is a real winner. Thanks for the recipe.

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    Nutritional Facts for A Spicy Korean Noodle Soup

    Serving Size: 1 (387 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 370.6
    Calories from Fat 83
    Total Fat 9.2 g
    Saturated Fat 2.4 g
    Cholesterol 161.1 mg
    Sodium 922.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 52.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.8 g
    Sugars 6.3 g
    Protein 18.7 g

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    sweet chili sauce


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