Do you love Korean kimchi? And Japanese udon noodles? Then you will flat out adore these spicy kick ass spicy kimchi fried noodles! This funky noodle bowl is great for a quick lunch or as a sneaky late night snack! But don’t tell anyone.
Just dig in, you will love it!
Now look, I bought this lovely jar of Korean kimchi at my local Asian supermarket.
I can never walk out of that shop without buying kimchi.
It is stronger than myself. You have no idea how much I love kimchi! I always say that I could eat a jar of that spicy pickled and fermented cabbage in front of the telly as a TV snack.
Just give me a jar of jar of kimchi and chopsticks.
And I will polish it off in no time.
There is something so addictive about it.
Love it or Hate it
Do you like kimchi?
Have you ever tasted it? I can only recommend it. However it is a type of condiment that not a lot of people seem to appreciate. I know a lot of people who hate it, or won’t even give it a go after they smell it.
Believe me, it tastes better than it smells!
I do get it though.
Kimchi is very strong. And sour. But I am actually very lucky because the hubs doesn’t like this fermented cabbage at all! He absolutely hates it. The look, the smell, the texture.
So that also means that whenever I buy a jar of Korean kimchi, it is all mine.
Korean Fermented Cabbage
And mine only.
An absolute no share.
Yes, you just read that.
Lucky me, right!
Best Kimchi Fried Noodles
I love kimchi and I swear I could just eat it straight out of the jar in one sitting.
But then I thought about other ways to serve the kimchi.
I bought these pre cooked Japanese udon noodles at the supermarket as well. I love those thick and sticky noodles. When I bought those I thought that I could turn them into a lovely lunch soup one afternoon.
After a little brainstorming I came up with another idea. So I thought I would add the udon noodles to the kimchi and just see what comes out of it in the end.
So what do you think about a bowl of spicy kimchi fried noodles then?
Noodle Lunch Bowl
You just can’t go wrong with a bunch of fried noodles, right. Well I loved every bit of it for tasty lunch. And this dish is ready in less than 10 minutes!
How great is that?!
The hubs was out for lunch with his son that day. So I was totally free to do a little experimental cooking in my kitchen.
Kimchi fried noodles, that’s what ended up in a lovely bowl for my lunch.
Absolutely to die for.
Why haven’t I thought of this before?
The sour and spicy kimchi really tastes great in combination with those thick noodles.
In fact it is actually the very first time that I cooked with kimchi instead of using it as a cold garnish for salads or sandwiches. And now I wonder how it would taste in a noodle soup!
Or with fried rice.
But that is for next time maybe, in the meantime enjoy these spicy kimchi fried noodles!
Note: I used gochujang or Korean hot pepper paste to add an extra spicy touch to these noodles. If you can’t find those, just go for chili sauce.
Do you love quick and delicious noodle recipes like my kimchi fried noodles?
Then you should also check out my Chinese egg noodles with oyster sauce and crunchy vegetables! Or how about my simple soy sauce noodles then?
Best Kimchi Fried Noodles Recipe
Do you love kimchi? Then you will absolutely adore these spicy kimchi fried noodles... Great for lunch or a sneaky snack!
- 3 tbsp kimchi
- 3 tbsp kimchi juice
- 4,5 oz udon noodles (125 g), pre cooked
- 1 small spring onion sliced thinly
- ⅓ cup water (80 ml)
- ¼ vegetable bouillon cube
- 1 tbsp gochujang paste (Korean hot pepper paste)
- 1 tsp vegetable oil
- 1 tsp tomato paste
- garlic powder
Pour the water in a frying pan and add the crumbled vegetable bouillon cube, the tomato paste, the gochujang hot pepper paste and a sprinkle of garlic powder.
Place the pan over high heat and stir regularly until the pastes have dissolved. Let the water reduce by half. Check the seasoning and add extra pepper paste to taste if you like spicy. Then add the kimchi and kimchi juice.
Stir and cook for a minute. Then add the pre cooked udon noodles and the sliced spring onion. Save a tablespoon of the spring onion for garnish.
Stir and cover the pan. Let the noodles cook in the spicy kimchi sauce for 3 minutes or until they are tender and have fallen apart.
Then take the pan off the heat and scoop the noodles in a large bowl. Sprinkle with the remaining sliced spring onion. Serve hot.