kimchi + leek noodles

I suppose it could be considered en vogue to proclaim a love for instant noodles right now. This is a hugely annoying development to people who don't give a shit about trends, and just eat what tastes good. However, the majority of self proclaimed "foodies" love any opportunity to come into the light, and tell everyone about things that they have been secretly hiding all along. That's cool guys, welcome to the club! My party pizza and I salute you!

Of all the seemingly endless flavors of instant noodles in the world, one of our absolute favorites is Kimchi. Spicy, funky, salty; it's perfect! However, even the most hardened of MSG supporters has to know, you can't eat that stuff all the time. Sometimes, you need a bit more.

This dish is deceptively simple, and extremely quick to make. The addition of the leeks adds sweetness, contrasting the kimchi perfectly. The earthiness of the nori, and the richness of the egg round it all out. This is the way we think it works best. However, just like any good noodle bowl, you are going to make it yours. Ground pork, extra veggies, add some broth, throw in some hot dogs; get crazy, we won't judge!

kimchi + leek noodles

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fermented chili paste (available in korean grocery)
  • 2/3 cup kimchi chopped
  • 1/2 cup reserved kimchi liquid
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
  • 8 oz. wide rice noodles
  • 2 medium sized leeks
  • toasted nori. cut into strips
  • green onion. sliced
  • eggs

Cut ends off of leeks, cut tops down past the dark green area to where it becomes pale. Cut them into long strips (about 1/4" wide), rinse, place in colander in sink, and toss with kosher salt. Let sit 20 minutes. Bring a large of water to a boil. Cook rice noodles until tender (about 6-8 minutes). When noodles are halfway finished, add leeks. Drain noodles, and leeks. Rinse with cold water. In a large skillet, add oils, Kimchi, reserved liquid, and chili paste, over medium heat. Cook for 3-4 minutes until mixture starts to thicken slightly. Add noodles, and soy sauce. Toss gently to combine. Serve with nori strips, green onion, and fried egg.

lindsay Cheesebrew