The Spicebox Supperclub normally reveals its recipes on Tuesdays, but this is a perfect dish for Meatless Mondays, hence our early appearance.
Last week, we enjoyed a fusion of Japanese and Indian flavors with a delicious salmon course. The salmon course was followed by a spicy chaser– these Kimchi Sesame Noodles. Notice the zippy chutney in the corner of the photo– we all decided it went well with everything and kept it on hand for the courses that followed. Chef Nalin told us that his family had a grand time trying out a variety of noodles for this dish– ramen, somen, udon and others. They all lend a different texture and flavor to this dish, so you can really use any noodle you prefer.
Kimchi Sesame Noodles
Recipe by Chef Nalin
1/2 pound dried somen or udon (Japanese wheat noodles)
1 1/2 cups kimchi, chopped
1 tablespoon kimchi juice from the jar, or more to taste
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
Salt, optional and to taste
2 scallions, thinly sliced
Bring a pot of water to boil and boil the noodles according to package directions, 7 minutes in my case. Drain the cooked noodles and run under cold water until cool.
In the meantime, chop the kimchi and combine it in a bowl with the sugar, vinegar, and kimchi juice. Add the cooked noodles and the sesame oil, and toss to combine.
Season to taste with salt (kimchi is already quite salty) and top with scallions.
This is part of the Asian Mash-Up menu, presented by Chef Nalin.
For another kimchi dish you might enjoy, try SpiceboxTravels’ Kimchi Fried Rice. What are some other ways you enjoy kimchi? What is your favorite Asian noodle?
At this point in the dinner, the Spicebox Supperclub has already visited the flavors of Singapore, India, Japan and now, Korea. Check back next week to see where our palates will go next!