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Different Types of Korean Noodles

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I love studying and learning to cook the foods of other cultures and countries. Right now I am studying Korean food. Koreans tend to love rice, noodles, and porridge. For the most part Koreans use three types of noodles: Japanese Soba noodles, Vietname

I love studying and learning to cook the foods of other cultures and countries.  Right now I am studying Korean food.  Koreans tend to love rice, noodles, and porridge. For the most part Koreans use three types of noodles:  Japanese Soba noodles, Vietnamese rice noodles, and Italian Spaghetti noodles.  Koreans cook a variety of noodle dishes and here are some of the most favorite and well known. 

Kougguksu - This means noodles in cold soy milk broth.  To make the soy milk broth the soy beans are soaked, boiled and then peeled.  They are then pureed in to a thick soy broth.  This dish is not only delicioius but is very healthy as well. 

Naengmyeon - Therse are cold buckwheat noodles. They are cooked with beef broth and watery radish kimchi the two form together to create the tasty broth.  They also add a spicy red sauce. 

Kalguksu - These are hand rolled noodles that are made from a flour based dough.  Who ever is making them creates the dough and then cuts it in to noodle strips.  After the noodles are made theyar cooked in either a beef, chicken, or anchovy stock.  Additional ingredients are then added to create different variations.  Green onions go very well with this dish. 

Japchae - This is a dish that uses frying potoato noodles and includes various vegetables such as cucumbers and bean sprouts.  It includes two very flavorful sauces made with things such as soy sauce, chopped green onion, crushed garlic, and sesame seeds.

Korean Glass Noodles - These noodles are made using sweet potato starch.  They are noodles that are boiled and translucent when cooked.  These noodles are typically boiled drained and then cooked in to some sort of a stir fry.  The following recipe is an excellent recipe for using Korean Glass Noodles:  http://www.steamykitchen.com/180-korean-glass-noodles-jap-chae.html

Rice Noodles - These are called vermicelli 'rice stick' at Asian stores.  They are fantastic for cooking up with left over meat or vegetables by sauteeing them with the vegetables and/or meat in a wok or a large frying pan.  Here is an excellet recipes that uses these rice noodles:  http://koreanfood.about.com/od/riceandnoodlerecipes/r/Anytime-Noodles-With-Stir-Fried-Vegetables.htm and here is another:  http://koreanfood.about.com/od/riceandnoodlerecipes/r/Anytime-Noodles-With-Stir-Fried-Vegetables.htm

There are many different types of noodles and many different variations of Korean dishes that use noodles.  These are just some of the more popular and widely known ones. 

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