This recipe comes from the Times. And what a great idea it is. Eat it.
For the dressing:
- 1 cup finely chopped kimchi, plus 2 tablespoons kimchi juice
- 1 medium garlic clove, grated
- 2 teaspoons grated ginger
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon gochujang (Korean hot pepper paste)
- 1 tablespoon Japanese red miso
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 1 teaspoon orange zest
- 1 teaspoon fish sauce
- ½ teaspoon gochugaru (Korean red pepper flakes)
For the Noodles:
- 8 ounces flat rice noodles or soba noodles
- 1 medium cucumber, peeled, halved and sliced into half-moons (about 1 cup)
- 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
- 3 or 4 large red radishes, sliced into thin rounds
- ½ cup scallions, slivered
- 1 serrano chile, thinly sliced (optional)
- 3 eggs, boiled for 7 minutes, cooled in ice water, peeled and halved (cook 9 minutes for a firmer yolk)
- 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
- Cilantro sprigs or choppedcilantro, for garnish
- Lime wedges, for serving
- Make the sauce: Put the kimchi, juice, garlic, ginger, brown sugar, gochujang, miso, sesame oil, rice vinegar, lime juice, orange zest, fish sauce and gochugaru in a mixing bowl, and stir well to combine. Taste and adjust salt. Let stand at room temperature for at least 10 minutes (or you can store overnight in the fridge, covered).
- Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil. Add noodles and cook for about 5 minutes, or until cooked through but still firm. Drain in a colander, transfer to a bowl of cold water to cool, then drain again and set aside, covered with a towel.
- Just before serving, put noodles in a large mixing bowl. Add the sauce, along with cucumber, tomatoes, radishes, scallions and chile (if using) and toss gently to coat. Divide among individual serving bowls. Top each bowl with a halved egg, sesame seeds, cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice.