Korean Noodle Soup - Kalguksu

Korean Noodle Soup - Kalguksu Recipe

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This is a flavorful noodle soup from Korea made with noodles, vegetables, spices for added flavor, and a clear broth made with anchovies, kelp and fish (or fish sauce) that give this dish its signature flavor. Some families make fresh noodles using a wheat flour and egg dough that's cut into long strips with a sharp knife. But pre-packaged kalguksu noodles can be found in the larger, well-stocked Asian markets.

If you use dried noodles (instead of fresh), cook the dry noodles until about half way done before adding vegetables, as dry noodles need 2-3 more minutes of cooking time to soften.


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20 Min
10 Min
Stove Top


  • 8 cups
    korean ultimate broth (or you can use chicken broth)
  • 1 medium
  • 1 medium
  • 1/2 cup medium
  • 2
    green onions
  • 2 clove
  • 1
    red chili pepper
  • 20 oz
    fresh kalguksu korean noodles (or 4 servings dry udon noodles)
  • 2 Tbsp
    low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp
    black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp
    sesame seeds
  • 4 Tbsp
    gim (korean roasted and seasoned seaweed) - for optional garnish

How to Make Korean Noodle Soup - Kalguksu


  1. Bring broth to boil in a large stockpot. It will take several minutes, so meanwhile it's a good time to prep the vegetables.
  2. Julienne the zucchini and carrot into thin strips about 2 inches in length. Chop the onion, green onion and red chili. Finely chop (or mince) the garlic.
  3. The broth should be boiling now, or close to a boil. Stir the zucchini, carrot and onion into the broth. Bring broth back to a boil.
  4. Once the broth returns to a boil, add the fresh noodles, stirring constantly to keep the noodles from sticking together. Cook 3 to 5 minutes (or to the timeframe specified on package directions).
  5. When the noodles are tender, add the soy sauce, garlic, green onion and red chili. Season with black pepper.
  6. Ladle hot soup into 4 individual bowls, sprinkle sesame seeds on top, and garnish with a bit of Korean seaweed (if using), and serve immediately.

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About Korean Noodle Soup - Kalguksu

Course/Dish: Other Soups
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: Korean
Dietary Needs: Low Fat
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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