When summer wears you out and make you lose your appetite, try a gourmet dish that can blow away the terrible summer heat. Noodle lovers will feel right at home on Korea. Naengmyeon is a Korean traditional food that many people enjoy, especially during summer. This food is essential to the Korean heart, soul, and stomach.
Originally, it’s a delicacy in northern Korea, especially in areas of Pyongyang and Hamhung in North Korea. Soon, Naengmyeon became widely popular throughout Korea. It is either actually served in a large stainless bowl with a tangy iced broth, slices of Korean pear, cucumbers, and slices of cold boiled beef or a boiled egg or can be both.
Many people usually add spicy mustard sauce and vinegar before eating. Traditionally, people would eat long noodles without cutting, as they symbolized longer life and good health, but servers at buffet restaurants usually ask if they want the noodles to be cut before eating.
When the hot and humid summer sets in, many people think of eating this cold noodle Korean food with deliciously iced broth. Naengmyeon, which was originally a winter food, used to be prepared in the old days with the ice removed from kimchi jars buried underground in the middle of winter, along with sliced pickled radish and noodles dried on the heated floors, commonly found in Korean traditional house. These days, ,it has become a food better enjoyed during summer, with its sour taste and cold, chewy noodles.
Many people wait for summer to start eating naengmyeon every week. This cold buckwheat noodles are great as a lightweight lunch alternative or after eating a Korean barbecue, as a way to cleanse your palate.
Tasty Naengmyeon is nutritious enough to serve as a meal. Its main ingredient, Buckwheat, is rich in protein and vegetable fat and contains three times more vitamin B1 and B2 than rice have. It’s also abundant in amino acids, especially as it provides more important amino acids such as lysine and tryptophan, than any other grain.
Sometimes, you are craving for something refreshing, light, yet filling. This cold noodle Korean food is just the thing to satisfy that craving.