Korean Easy Meal Recipe: Janchi guksu  (Korean Feast Noodles)

Korean Easy Meal Recipe: Janchi guksu  (Korean Feast Noodles)

Korean Easy Meal Recipe: Janchi guksu  (Korean Feast Noodles)

What is Janchi Guksu?

Janchi guksu (잔치국수) translated into “banquet or feast noodles,” is a simple warm noodle dish made with thin wheat noodles (소면, somyeon, aka somen) that are usually served in a clear anchovy or beef broth. Because noodles symbolise long and happy lives in Korean culture, this noodle dish is traditionally served alongside other special occasion foods at large feasts such as weddings and birthday parties. The name of the dish comes from that tradition.

Janchi-guksu is served with a sauce made from sesame oil, ganjang and small amounts of chili pepper powder and scallions. Thinly sliced jidan (지단, fried egg), gim (laver) and zucchini are added on top of the dish as garnishes. Janchi-guksu have various garnishes with noodles. The word “Janchi” means “feast” in Korean, in reference to the festive occasions on which the dish would be prepared, such as a wedding or a sixtieth birthday celebration.

Korean Easy Meal Recipe: Janchi guksu  (Korean Feast Noodles)

The most important part of this humble noodle dish to me is the broth. You can of course use any broth, but anchovy broth is typical. Anchovy broth can be made simply with dried anchovies and kelp. Some vegetables, such as Korean radish, onion, and or dried shiitake mushrooms, will add more depth to the flavor of the broth. You can use beef broth, vegetable broth, or chicken broth instead, if preferred. Refrigerate or freeze any leftover broth to use later for making jjigae or gyeranjjim.

Ingredients

Main

  • 180 g / 6.3 ounces somen noodles
  • 4.5 cups korean soup stock (use this recipe: for more complex flavor, I also added 50g / 1.8 ounces green onion (white and pale green part) and 100g / 3.5 ounces onion when making the stock.)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 70g / 2.5 ounces zucchini, julienned
  • 60g /2.1 ounces carrots, julienned
  • fine sea salt
  • 1/2 Tbsp regular soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt

 

Seasoning Sauce

  • 1.5 Tbsp regular soy sauce
  • 1/2 Tbsp rice wine
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • (optional) 1/2 tsp korean chili flakes (gochugaru)
  • 2 Tbsp asian chives or chives or green onion, finely chopped

 

Alternative toppings

  • seasoned seaweed, shredded
  • kimchi, thinly sliced & cooked briefly with sesame oil and sesame seeds
  • yubu / aburaage, thinly sliced
  • Korean fish cakes / oden, blanched & thinly sliced
  • shiitake mushrooms, stems removed, thinly sliced & cooked with a pinch of salt until wilted (like step 2 below)
  • tofu, cubed & pan fried

*1 Tbsp = 15 ml, 1 Cups = 250 ml

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Korean Easy Meal Recipe: Janchi guksu  (Korean Feast Noodles)

How to Cook

  1. Preheat a skillet/pan over medium low heat. Add some cooking oil and spread it around the pan. Add the beaten eggs and cook it like an egg omelette. When both sides are cooked, transfer it to a cutting board. Gently fold / roll up the egg omelette and thinly slice it. Set it aside
  2. Wipe the pan (from step 1) with kitchen paper and add a small amount of cooking oil. Add the zucchini and a pinch of salt and stir until it’s lightly cooked (1 to 2 mins). Set it aside.
  3. Add a small amount of cooking oil. Add the carrots and a pinch of salt and stir until it’s lightly cooked (1 to 2 mins). Set it aside.
  4. Add the 1/2 Tbsp soy sauce and 1/2 tsp salt into the soup stock to season. Boil it over medium – medium high heat until you are ready to serve the noodles.
  5. Boil the somen noodles in rapidly boiling water until it cooks (about 2 to 3 mins). Drain the water and run under cold water briefly.
  6. Serve the noodles into a soup bowl (you may want to use tongs if the noodles are still hot) and garnish with the egg, zucchini, and carrots. Add the boiled stock (from step 4). Serve warm immediately. Add the seasoning sauce as needed.

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