Naengmyeon (meaning “cold noodles”) is a Korean dish of long and thin hand-made noodles made from the flour and starch of various ingredients: buckwheat (memil), potatoes, sweet potatoes, naengmyun made with the starch from arrowroot (darker color and chewier than buckwheat noodles), and kudzu (chik). Varieties with ingredients such as seaweed and green tea are available.
Naengmyeon is served in a large stainless bowl with a tangy iced broth, julienned cucumbers, slices of Korean pear, and either a boiled egg or slices of cold boiled beef or both. Spicy Mustard sauce (or Mustard oil) and vinegar are often added before consumption. The long noodles would be eaten without cutting, as they symbolized longevity of life and good health, but modernly, servers at restaurants usually ask if the noodles should be cut prior to eating and use food scissors to cut the noodles.
🙂 I knew about this dish from drama Which Star Are You From? where Kim Rae Won used scissors to cut the noodles for his girlfriend on their date. The taste , because of the ice, is somehow soothing. Really love it in summer. It’s quite a big bowl (for me ^^) though, could only finish it when I was really hungry, the mustard sauce and the vinegar really added to the taste.