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Korean-Style Noodles in Cool Bean Broth Recipe-10018

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This version of a classic Korean lunch dish is high in protein and very satisfying, but it’s also light and refreshing: the perfect easy summertime meal or snack. Slivers of cucumber and a sprinkle of sesame seeds are the typical garnish, but minced fresh chiles and scallions add nice sharpness and heat.

Yield: 2 main-course or 4 side-dish servings
Cooking time: 20 Minutes, With Precooked Beans


  • Salt
  • 8 ounces udon noodles
  • 1 cup cooked soybeans (drained canned are fine)
  • ¼ cup walnuts, pecans, almonds, pine nuts, or a mixture
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds, plus more for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 small cucumber, peeled, seeded, and thinly sliced
  • Dark sesame oil, for drizzling
  • Minced fresh chile (like jalapeño or Thai), or hot red pepper flakes or cayenne to taste (optional)
  • ½ cup sliced scallion




1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and salt it. Add the noodles and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender but not mushy, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain and rinse them under cold water then put them in a bowl or pot of cold water.

2. Put the beans, nuts, sesame seeds, soy sauce, and a few grinds of black pepper in a blender with 3 cups of ice water. Purée until smooth, thinning with a little more water if the broth looks to thick. Taste and adjust the seasoning. (You can make the broth up to a day ahead; cover tightly and refrigerate.)

3. Drain the udon noodles well and pile them up in the center of bowls. Ladle the cool broth all around. Garnish with cucumber and a few sesame seeds, a drizzle of sesame oil, and if you like, some chile and scallion; serve.

© 2007 Double B Publishing, Inc.

Nutritional Information

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

This recipe serves 4, includes 1/8 teaspoon of added salt per serving and 1/4 teaspoon of sesame oil per serving drizzled on top.

405kcal (20%)
1855mg (77%)
14g (22%)
1g (7%)
0mg (0%)
14mcg RAE (0%)
22mg (37%)
201mg (20%)
5mg (26%)

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