Naengmyeon (naeng myun, naeng-myun): Naengmyun literally means ‘cold noodle’ in Korean, and it’s a very popular summertime delicacy in Korea. Ironically, this cold dish was a traditional wintertime dish in the northern part of Korea.
The noodle is very thin (like angel hair pasta) made of buckwheat (memil naengmyeon), mung bean (nokdu naengmyeon) or kudzu (chik naengmyeon).
It is served in a large bowl with a iced broth, slices of steamed beef, slices of Korean pear, a half slice of an boiled egg, and some vegetables. Mustard can be added by personal choice. Because it comes in a cold broth, it’s called mool naengmyun ( mool means ‘water’ in Korean).
Bibim naengmyeon has a spicy dressing made of gochujang (hot chili paste) on top of noodles and vegetables with little broth.
The noodles tend to be long and sticky, waiters will typically ask before serving if you want the noodles to be cut. It’s always a good idea to ask them to cut enough.
Because the noodle is cold, I find quite a few non-Koreans not liking this dish. But I’ve seen a few non-Koreans to come to like it a lot after they tried it in hot humid summer! That’s why my non-Korean husband goes there with me every once in a while in summer. =)