Growing up, somen and ramen noodles to us were like mac and cheese was to our American friends. Guk su is super easy to make and always satisfies my nostalgic cravings. Guk su, or somen noodles, is versatile and can be prepared in hot and cold broths and spicy pepper mix. When it is freezing, and sleeting and snowing, I opt for the hot, spicy chicken broth.
It’s super easy to make. From prep to ladling in the noodley goodness is about 20 minutes. I made beef topping for this one, but you can go veggie and leave out the topping.
- 4 Bundles somen noodles
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 2 Tablespoons sesame seed oil
- 1 Medium yellow onion sliced
- 7 Cloves garlic, minced
- (1) 32-ounce beef broth
- 2 Cups water
- 1 Teaspoon dashida (I use anchovies flavored.)
- 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 Tablespoon kochu garu (Korean red pepper powder.)
- 1-2 Tablespoon(s) salt
- 1 Tablespoon black pepper
- 4-5 Scallions, 1-inch strips
- 2 Eggs
- 2 Tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
Cook noodles according to directions. Set aside. Time the noodles so that it’s ready at the same time as the broth.
Crack the eggs open and add to a small bowl. Break the yolks and give it a quick whisk. Set aside.
In a pot big enough to boil 32-ounces of chicken broth plus the water, add the oils. Heat on low and add the onions and garlic. Stirring frequently, cook until the onions and garlic until soft and the onions are slightly browned on the edges, about 5 minutes.
Add the broth and water and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and season with dashida, soy sauce, kochu garu, and black pepper. Add the salt a teaspoon at a time. Adjust according to your taste. Let the broth simmer for about another 5 minutes.
Quickly add the eggs and give it a quick mix until the eggs are folded in.
Serving It Up
Place about at least a cup of the noodles in 4 large bowls (If the people you’re feeding have healthy appetites, this could just serve two instead of four.) Ladle in enough broth to submerge the noodles. Top with sesame seeds and scallions. Serve immediately. You don’t want gluey noodles.