Wheat flour noodles in clear soup [Janchi Guksu]

There is one dish we always eat on special occations: Janchi Guksu.

Janchi means ‘feast’ or ‘banquet’, and Guksu means ‘noodles’ in Korean. Noodles are the symbol of longevity for life and marriage. So we eat this dish together at weddings to  wish the bride and groom a good relationship, and also at 60th birthdays (Hwangab) to celebrate a long life.

Janchi Guksu consists of thin wheat flour noodles in clear stock, with vegetables like zucchini, fried egg. As well as taste, the vegetables add beautiful color which goes nicely in contrast with the white noodles. The stock has quite a weak flavour, so it’s served with the sauce which you can mix in to the soup depending on your taste. In my case I like to add kimchi, as it’s quite strong and is also more healthy than the sauce :) Today, I ate up all Janchi Guksu (It was supposed to serve 2 people but I ate up all the Guksu. After 2 hours, strangely I got hungry again. It’s such a light food! :-D )

Because there is no meat, this dish is perfect for vegetarians.

As a joke, we sometimes ask someone “when will you let me eat Guksu?” which means ‘when will you get married?:-P

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Ingredients (serves 2)

  • Wheat flour noodles 220g (buy at asian grocery store)
  • 1/2 a Zucchini (50g)
  • 1/3 a Carrot (40g)
  • Fermented Kimchi 50g
  • 1 Egg

For the stock:

  • 5 Cups of water
  • 1 Tbs Cooking wine (to remove the fishy smell)
  • 7 Dried anchovies
  •  Dried kelp (6cm*6cm)
  • 1 Spring onion
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Soy sauce

For the sauce:

  • 2 Tbs Soy sauce
  • 1 Tsp chilli powder
  • 1 Tsp Minced spring onion
  • 1 Tsp Minced garlic
  • 1 Tsp Sesame oil
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • Sesame seeds

 

Steps

1. To make the stock, boil 5 cups of water with all the stock ingredients for 10 minutes.

2.While the stock is boiling, mix all the sauce ingredients in a separate bowl.

3. Cut the carrot and zucchini into 5cm length and thin strips. Chop the kimchi.

4. Fry the cut carrot, zucchini and chopped kimchi with a little bit of oil for 2minutes.

5. Fry the egg yolk and the egg white separately, then cut into 5cm length strips.

 6. Strain the stock. And keep it for later.

7. Boil the noodles.

8. When it’s cooked enough, rinse the noodles under cold running water while rubbing. Drain well.

9. Put the noodles into a bowl, and arrange the vegetables and egg on top. Pour the stock gently on the side.

10. If you like you can add more optional ingredients like kimchi and seaweed. Serve with sauce!

 

Tips

1. Scoop the zucchini out with a spoon. Better to use only  the skin. Otherwise it’s easy to be broken while frying.

2. Once the noodles are boiling add some cold water. When it boils again add some more cold water. Repeat this 2-3 more times. This will give you more chewy noodles.

3. Anchovy stock can be substituted with chicken or meat stock (broth).

4. Make sure that the stock is hot before you pour it into the bowl (otherwise you will make the noodles cold!)



 Quick Korean*

Janchi[잔치]= Party

Guksu[국수]= Noodles

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About Chloe

I'm from Korea. I love my people, culture and food.

One Response to “Wheat flour noodles in clear soup [Janchi Guksu]”

  1. Looks and sounds lovely! :D

    Your presentation is always good. Could have done with some one with your skills at my last job! xD