Jaengban Guksu (Korean-style Soba Noodles with Spicy Dressing)

September 28, 2015

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes:

This is a perfect throw-together dish and customizable using your favorite vegetables.

Rach Kim

Food52 Review: First, the dressing: It's a lovely coral color, creamy, and it lives up to the "spicy" title. I'd like to try it with a variety of vegetables, or use it as the binding sauce for bibimbap. I made the salad with only one bundle of noodles, romaine lettuce, and a fridge-cleaning variety of vegetables—butternut squash, a potato, carrots—precooked; and peppers, onions, and an odd ear of corn. The apple lightens, freshens, and brightens everything else. Altogether a pleasure, and a new door opened to future variations. The Editors

Serves: 2
Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 8 min


For the noodles:

  • 2 bundles soba noodles (Japanese buckwheat noodles)
  • 3 cups assorted greens (baby spinach, baby kale, spring mix, chopped romaine, etc.; whatever your preference)
  • 2 cups chopped variety of vegetables (carrots, red onion, cucumber, zucchini, bell peppers, mushrooms, all work well here)
  • 1/2 apple, sliced

For the sauce:

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons hot pepper paste (gochujang)
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper flakes (gochugaru)
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 apple, grated
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
In This Recipe


  1. Cook the noodles in boiling water according to package instructions, then drain and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking process.
  2. Reserving a handful of greens, add the noodles, greens, vegetables, and apple to a large bowl.
  3. In a separate small bowl, mix together all of the sauce ingredients until well-combined. Pour the sauce over the noodles and vegetables and toss to coat.
  4. Scatter the reserved greens onto a platter and then pile the seasoned noodles and vegetables on top. Serve immediately.

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Reviews (10) Questions (0)

10 Reviews

Grace L. January 21, 2019
made this tonight, it was delicious! during the summer i am going to try and using grated watermelon with sliced watermelon rind!
Kim March 19, 2018
Made this for dinner. My Korean boyfriend liked it a lot.. I love to cook and he enjoys my food, that said, I’ve wanted to learn Korean recipes because he craves it. This was easy, delicious and has inspired me to find more Korean recipes. thank you for this wonderful recipe!
Author Comment
Rach K. March 22, 2018
Great to hear!
Fille D. February 18, 2018
Is this served cold as a noodle salad? If so, can it also be served warm as a main course?
Author Comment
Rach K. March 22, 2018
Yes, it's served cold. I feel like it would be weird to serve it warm and I'm not sure how that would work since you need to rinse the soba noodles until they're cold... but they can be a cold main dish! It's a great main dish in the summer.
Audrius S. July 6, 2017
Looks good and easy, so I will save it and give it a go one day.
Mama B. July 13, 2016
I was craving these noodles and was in search of especially the dressing recipe. Thanks so much for the delicious recipe!
Michele F. July 13, 2016
This is a bit annoying. I just read here how to cook soba noodles and it explained about washing them first, cold baths, aggressive rubbing to get rid of starch etc. And yet no reference to those details in this recipe. Why not?
Author Comment
Rach K. July 13, 2016
Hi, this is my recipe. I never do any of that when I make soba noodles. Like I say above, I just cook my noodles and then rinse under cold water. But if you want to go all out and do the aggressive rubbing or whatever, it's up to you.<br /><br />(I don't understand why it's annoying that I explain my own process and Food52 has a different process. I don't think they necessarily have to agree.)
susan G. June 3, 2016
The sauce was just what I wanted for a bibimbap-style dinner tonight.