Cold noodles are one of my favorite foods to eat all-year-round, despite the chilly weather we have here in Canada. Bibim Makguksu is a Korean cold noodle dish made with buckwheat flour (which is also the core ingredient of Japanese Soba noodles) served with a sweet-spicy sauce, fresh vegetables, and hard-boiled eggs. Enjoy this refreshing dish in just 10 minutes with WOULD U COOK’s Bibim Makguksu meal kit!
This is the third product I had the opportunity to review from WOULD U COOK, shortly after the Japchae Kit. Their mission remains the same across all products, in that the meal kits are designed to make Korean cooking easy and accessible to anyone around the world. All of the meal kits are now available on Amazon to purchase for international customers.
Components of the WOULD U COOK Bibim Makguksu Kit
When receiving the package, I was excited to try this product due to my love for Nengmyun since my childhood, which is another Korean cold noodle dish served with a cold icy broth. This was actually my first time trying Bibim Makguksu, despite its popularity back in South Korea. This meal kit was a perfect introduction to the dish as it provided all major ingredients, aside from the fresh vegetables and egg for garnish. Here is a list of ingredients provided in the kit:
- Instructions manual with recipe & tips, which provides step-by-step directions and exact measurements to follow along with a video tutorial linked through a QR code (displayed in English, Chinese, and Japanese)
- Buckwheat noodles (made with buckwheat flour), to be prepared in boiling water
- 2 packets of sauce, which was sweet and spicy in flavor
- 2 packets of perilla oil
- Sesame seeds for garnishing
I found it convenient that two packets of each sauce and perilla oil were provided, for even distribution between the two servings that this meal kit yields. This dish was incredibly easy to make as the only processes involved are preparing the fresh garnishes, and boiling the noodles which took less than 6 minutes.
As the noodles were being prepared in boiling water, it gave me time to quickly prepare the rest of the ingredients, which only included a hard-boiled egg (to be split in half), 2 cherry tomatoes, and some julienned cucumbers. It was particularly convenient that I had hard-boiled eggs already made for sandwich-prep during the week (kitchen fact: hard-boiled eggs can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week)! The preparation was incredibly seamless, and I was able to whip up the dish in less than 10 minutes in total!
The completed dish
In contrast to its easy and seamless preparation, I was truly surprised by the overall taste of the dish. The noodles reminded me of Japanese Soba noodles (made with buckwheat flour as well) with its earthy and unique taste and texture. The sauce was a perfect balance of sweet and spicy, in which the red chili paste base complemented the noodles perfectly. All coupled up with a range of fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, and hard-boiled egg made each bite full of rich flavor and texture. This dish was so delightfully refreshing that it could be a delicious alternative to a regular salad. Overall, I was truly impressed by the quick preparation and scrumptious taste of this dish made with WOULD U COOK’s meal kit.