Subak Naengmyeon

Experience the refreshing fusion of flavours with Subak Naengmyeon—a Korean dish that combines cold noodles with the sweet tang of watermelon. Dive into a world of flavour with Subak Naengmyeon! 🍉✨ This modern twist on a Korean classic combines cold noodle with the sweetness of watermelon for a refreshing summer treat. #NoodleInnovation

Cold noodles are a revelation, especially when paired with unexpected ingredients. My journey with cold noodle dishes began with a delightful surprise at a barbecue party, where I tasted Cold Noodles with Sesame Sauce, Egg, and Cucumbers. The cool, savory flavours instantly captivated me.

Next came Naengmyeon, a Korean cold noodle dish traditionally made with beef broth. Despite my initial scepticism, I found it to be incredibly refreshing, devoid of heavy oils or greasiness. I was hooked.

Then came Subak Naengmyeon, a unique creation that combines the refreshing sweetness of watermelon with the tangy spice of cold noodles. While not a dish steeped in centuries of tradition, it’s a modern innovation that perfectly captures the essence of summer in South Korea. As watermelon and cold noodles come into season, Subak Naengmyeon emerges as a delicious fusion of flavours and textures.

The preparation is simple yet ingenious. Cooked noodles are tossed in a spicy sauce made with rice vinegar, sesame oil, garlic, sesame seeds, gochujang, and gochugaru. This flavourful mixture is then placed into a carved-out watermelon, serving as both a bowl and a key ingredient. Topped with fresh cucumbers, radish, and boiled eggs, Subak Naengmyeon offers a delightful blend of sweet, savory, and tangy flavours, with just the right amount of heat.

My daughter’s rendition of Subak Naengmyeon left me enchanted. Using leftover watermelon so we don’t have the emptied skin on the photo above, nevertheless she created a dish that not only tasted fantastic but also added a playful twist to our usual dining experience. It’s a dish that challenges convention and invites you to embrace culinary creativity.

While the combination of noodles and watermelon may seem unconventional, once you try Subak Naengmyeon, there’s no turning back. It’s a dish that defies expectations and delights the senses—a true testament to the joy of culinary exploration.

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Subak Naengmyeon

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  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Total Time: 45 mins
  • Yield: 3 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Korean

Description

Experience the refreshing fusion of flavours with Subak Naengmyeon—a Korean dish that combines cold noodles with the sweet tang of watermelon.


Ingredients

Scale

Noodles and Broth

  • 1/2 watermelon
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 2 pcs 310 ml bags cold noodle broth
  • 2 servings cold noodles
  • 2 boiled eggs

Seasoning Sauce


Instructions

  1. Combine refreshing watermelon chunks with chilled noodle broth in a blender, pulsing until a smooth.
  2. Strain the mixture through a strainer and let it cool in the refrigerator. For a clearer and softer broth, you can freeze it after straining.
  3. Prepare the seasoning sauce by combining sugar, gochugaru, cider, vinegar, soy sauce, minced garlic, and sesame seeds in a bowl.
  4. Slice the cucumber and cut the boiled eggs into halves.
  5. Boil the cold noodles in boiling water according to package instructions. Once cooked, drain, and rinse them under cold water.
  6. In serving bowls, place the cooked cold noodles, sliced cucumber, and boiled eggs.
  7. Pour the chilled watermelon broth over the noodles and vegetables.
  8. Drizzle the seasoning sauce over the noodles and garnish with sesame seeds.
  9. Serve chilled.

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6 Responses

  1. I would have never thought of serving noodles with watermelon….but I totally love the idea!

  2. Wow!!! This sounds incredible. What a wild combination!

  3. Watermelon and noodles? That’s certainly one of the most unique combinations I’ve ever seen – intriguing! Despite an unusual combination, it looks so good, especially when garnished with a perfectly cooked egg!

  4. How intriguing. I would never have thought of combining watermelon and noodles, but I’ll try anything at least once. May give this a try this coming summer…

  5. Sounds really intriguing — refreshing test still packs a nice kick!

  6. Michelle says:

    Ohhh, this is so intriguing! I’ve had cold Korean noodles, which are slightly sweet and icy cold. Thinking about it, the addition of watermelon would replicate that subtle sweetness… looks like I’ll have to try it out! Great fusion concept!






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