Saturday, December 4, 2010

Homemade Kimchi Noodles & A Special Giveaway

I've been obsessed with kimchi since I was a child. I eat it with everything. Even Korean sweet potatoes. My mom introduced it to me when I was about two or three years young.

My son now requests kimchi. But only the kind thats been fermented well. The other day, I made him a cheesy pasta and lentil dish (which he normally likes) and he asked for rice and kimchi. So what did I do? Of course I gave him kimchi with his pasta and lentil dish. It was quite tasty together and my son enjoyed it too.

Kimchi is one of those items that's always in my fridge along with ketchup, mustard, Sriracha and Chile Garlic Sauce. And it rarely spoils or is ever thrown out.

Do you see a pattern here? Kimchi has pretty much made an appearance in some of my favorite things such as Pizza'sBiscuits and straight up Korean style Sautéed Kimchi with Pork Belly to your buttery Puff Pastry, and now Noodles. Really, the possibilities are endless. I've been itching to make these noodles and I'm glad I did. Like most flavored noodles, the addition of kimchi isn't overpowering. But it does add the essence of kimchi.

Printable Recipe
1 Cup Kimchi, Squeezed of its juices (you could leave more juice for more flavor and add water as necessary)
2-1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour and extra
2 Eggs
1-2 tbsp of water as needed
1/2 tsp Sesame Oil

1. Take about a cup of kimchi and squeeze as much juice out as possible. Or leave more of the juice in and add less water. Purée in your food processor, set aside. Add the flour to a large food processor and add the puréed kimchi and process until even in color.

2. Add the eggs, water (if necessary) and sesame oil and process until a dough forms add more flour to the dough if it seems wet and add more water if the dough seems dry. Remove and place on a lightly floured surface area. Knead (add more flour if the dough is sticky) until the dough is smooth and soft. Set aside to rest covered for about 15-20 minutes.

3. Cut the dough into five equal pieces, lightly flour & flatten and run through pasta machine or by hand. I ran mine though my KitchenAid Pasta attachment on level 1 a couple of times, folding in half each time then running the dough through the machine. Add more flour to the dough if it seems wet before running it through the pasta machine. Switch the pasta machine to level 2 and run the pasta through a couple of times. Repeating process through level 4. Stop. Lightly flour the pasta sheet on both sides and set aside. Roll out the remaining dough through the pasta machine.

4. Once you have made your pasta sheets its time to cut the pasta. I used my KitchenAid fettucini attachment. Catch the cut fettucini in a large bowl and lightly dust the noodles with flour and toss so they don't stick. You can also cut by hand.

5. Bring a salted pot of water to a boil. Add the fresh kimchi pasta and allow to cook, stirring occasionally for about a minute or so, or until the noodles float. Drain and set aside.

I used the baked chicken from this dinner, to make the broth. I added to it just enough water to cover the leftover chicken. Bring to boil, lower to medium/low and allow to simmer for about 45 minutes until broth becomes creamy in color. Discard chicken and if you wish pour the broth through a mesh sieve.

I added some scallions, salt and pepper to the broth along with the kimchi noodles. Add a dab of sesame oil if you wish. By the way, you could use any broth or sauce you would like.

The chicken broth is perfect for a cold day. The ginger and garlic really gives this simple to make broth, a fresh and light flavor. The soft, chewy and unbelievably fresh homemade kimchi noodles was better than any pre made/packaged noodles I've ever tasted. Immediately freeze the fresh noodles into your desired serving sized portions in an airtight container for easy storage and use. I urge you to make your own homemade noodles. You'll be instantly hooked. I promise. Enjoy!


I have a special giveaway for my fabulous readers. I'm celebrating over 100,000 hits on my blog and with the upcoming Holidays, I'd like to say thank you by sending one of my readers one of my favorite books, Baking at Home with The Culinary Institute or a choice of the following books below. 

If you don't like to bake then perhaps you'll like this book?

Cooking at Home with The Culinary Institute of America

Or this one?

Hors d'Oeuvre at Home with The Culinary Institute of America

Maybe this one?

The Culinary Institute of America Cookbook: A Collection of Our Favorite Recipes for the Home Chef

I really enjoy CIA's books. The recipes, photos and descriptions are very helpful. And I know you'll enjoy it too.

To enter this awesome giveaway:

1. Continue to follow me and read my blog. Easy enough, right?
2. Provide one helpful tip as to how you think my blog can improve? Don't be shy. I like constructive criticism. 
3. What would you like to see more of? Baked goodies, Korean cuisine etc.

*Only U.S. Residents May Enter

The winner will be announced December 17th, 2010 at 2PM EST

DISCLAIMER: This giveaway is not sponsored through any provider or organization. I have not received any free gifts or compensation. This is a special giveaway offered only through Korean American Mommy. Thanks!
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  1. whatsfordinneracrossstatelines said... December 4, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    Well you know I love noodles and I love to bake! How about some quick weeknight dishes with a Korean flair. -Gina-

  2. Lisa said... December 4, 2010 at 12:48 PM

    Your blog is so neat and successful, maybe you should be giving me tips instead. :) But, I would like to see more baked goodies especially since I bake a lot and am always on the lookout for another delicious treat. By the way, I'm also holding a giveaway on my blog for Orglamix Organic makeup and you're welcome to come by and enter.

  3. audgbodge said... December 4, 2010 at 12:50 PM

    totally loving your entries!
    korean fusion dishes would be awesome or korean made easy dishes :)

  4. Janis said... December 4, 2010 at 4:43 PM

    ohmygod ohmygod ohmygod!!!! I love Kimchi more than anything on this planet. I swear I was Korean in my other life. I swear it. This looks so good that I can't wait to try it.

    My advice for your blog is to invite me for dinner :--) in a post. Ok just kidding. Your blog is great as is. I know that is a lame answer, but I love the personality. That is what brings me back again and again to read your post.

  5. carascravings said... December 4, 2010 at 7:02 PM

    What a fun and unique use for kimchi, I love it!
    I am a huge huge kimchi fan!
    I am currently living and teaching in Korea, so I get my kimchi fix on daily:)

  6. Paula Pereira said... December 4, 2010 at 7:35 PM

    Hello, I enjoyed browsing your blog and loved the fresh pasta recipes and all the other delicious goodies on here! I would say for constructive criticism that I would love to see more Koren food! Thank you and happy eating!

    paulap08 at yahoo dot com

  7. B's mommy said... December 4, 2010 at 10:52 PM

    absolutely love your recipes. and i love it that you share/post such awesome photos. i've tried many dishes/entrees and they're always a hit in our home. Thanks!!!

  8. Me, the hubby, plus 3 said... December 4, 2010 at 11:20 PM

    i love your blog! this kimchi pasta post sounds amazing. i'm not one for making homemade noodles but i AM one of those people that eats kimchi with everything... EVERYTHING. my husband makes fun of me because of it. i would love to see more korean food on your blog, but everything you post is amazing and beautiful!

  9. valpit said... December 5, 2010 at 1:43 AM

    This is a great food blog. The way you cover different cuisines of the world such as Italian and Indian is very impressive. I would like to see more of that with your own take on them. Also, I would like to see how you change recipes to make them more appetizing to (picky) kids.

  10. Jeanette said... December 5, 2010 at 8:17 AM

    I really love your photos and pictures of your kids, so the reader can tell when the foods are kid-friendly. More Korean American recipes would be greatly appreciated.

  11. Peggy said... December 5, 2010 at 9:08 AM

    Oh you know I love your blog Lisa! I've definitely tried many of your recipes and they never disappoint! I really just think you need to keep doing what you're doing!

  12. Pacheco Patty said... December 5, 2010 at 10:41 AM

    Beautiful noodle dish and photographs, as always. Your blog is an inspiration and I loved your video. Improvements??? I'm at a loss, you're pretty close to perfection in my book:)How about more videos??

  13. Amelia PS said... December 5, 2010 at 10:45 AM

    Your blog is wonderful, fun, full of great worldly recipes (especially love the Korean ones) and great photos. I love that you include you son (he's adorable btw, and i am impressed that he asks fr kimchi...already!!!). It's been so amazing to get to know you through pfb (and become friends along the way).
    The only (underline, only) thing I would change is the size of your banner (I think it take up a bit too much space). I want to dive into your yummy-ness faster :)

  14. blackbookkitchendiaries said... December 5, 2010 at 10:58 AM

    I love making fresh noodles it makes any dish taste much better. I personally like Korean dishes, or even Korean fusion dishes. Thanks for sharing.

  15. I'm a full-time mummy said... December 5, 2010 at 11:20 AM

    Hi Lisa!

    Thanks for your comment on my latest post! And yes, snow on my blog! We don't get snow at all in Malaysia so this is the closest I can get to seeing snow falls!

    Btw, what a nice giveaway! Too bad I'm not US residents :( Good luck to those entering anyways!

  16. Swee San said... December 5, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    I wish to join the giveaway but I don't live in the U.S. But I have to say, kimchi noodles sounds great!! I've been seeing alot of bloggers making their own noodles and pasta. I've never tried that, I hope to someday..

  17. Kim said... December 5, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    I would like to see more Korean dishes. Korean food is my favorite and it would be good to learn more dishes to make at home.

  18. Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said... December 5, 2010 at 2:47 PM

    Mmm these look so flavorful. I love kimchi, especially dumplings filled with it.

  19. crackingtheegg said... December 5, 2010 at 5:30 PM

    I lovvve love your blog. My favorite Asian cuisine is Korean, so this blog is always my go-to for something authentic. More Korean recipes please!

  20. Ms. Lollipop said... December 5, 2010 at 5:59 PM

    I'd definitely love to have a copy of the CIA baking at home book!! I really enjoy reading your blog and your dishes sound tasty. AND the photos are gorgeous. Maybe you can improve on the decreasing the margins on your blog to allow more room for the main text - because it's a lot of scrolling down just to read one entry. And I would like to see more baked goodies!! Any Korean sweet treats?

    catharine.ellie [at]

  21. baking.serendipity said... December 5, 2010 at 10:53 PM

    I've never had kimchi before but I think it's seriously time to try it. Your pasta looks fantastic! Congrats on 100,000 rock!

  22. Green Girl @ A little bit of everything said... December 5, 2010 at 11:57 PM

    fresh home made pasta, my mouth is watering (as usual)
    what I'l like to see, hmm, maybe some quick 30 minutes (or less) dinner meals, the rest you covered all.

  23. Trish said... December 6, 2010 at 12:39 AM

    I love what you did here. The kimchi noodles look great. I guess I need to eventually get myself a pasta maker. Pretty handy, huh? One piece of advice: show more pictures of your son cooking in his 'kitchen.' J/k although it's so precious. Maybe bring on the Korean dishes. I need to learn more about the cuisine.

  24. Katie Yoon said... December 6, 2010 at 7:54 AM

    This is so great! As I am Korean, I love kimchi^^ But I've never thought about kimchi flavored pasta! What a brilliant idea! your are a genius^^
    Thank you for sharing the great recipe, Lisa!

  25. Zoe said... December 6, 2010 at 5:48 PM

    Love your Kimchi noodles! Never think of making noodles with Kimchi and this is great! I'm not entering for the giveaway but I'm happy to give feedback on your blog. I'm not being shy and I think your blog is really good. What I like most are your pictures of your cooking and your little man. This gives me a true homely felling. I wouldn't mind seeing more a combination of both baked goodies and Korean food. Hope that my feedback will help :D

  26. Fresh Local and Best said... December 6, 2010 at 10:32 PM

    I'm actually wondering if you have a kimchi recipe with techniques that you would share on your blog. I really enjoy how thorough you are with your recipes. The posts that I have enjoyed most have been of Korean food like the Korean chicken wings, and of course of your son. I've enjoyed reading about the view of parent hood through your eyes.

  27. Karen said... December 6, 2010 at 10:52 PM

    What a great dish! I never would have thought to do this...very cool idea. The flavors of the kimchi noodles must be nice.
    I don't think I have anything to offer as a have a great blog! I love the Korean influenced dishes since I don't know much about Korean food, so keep those coming.
    Congrats on the 100,000 hits!

  28. Lisa {Authentic Suburban Gourmet } said... December 6, 2010 at 11:30 PM

    I have never made kimchi before and will have to make this soon. Made into a noodle, this is simply amazing. As far as improvements, I think your blog is great the way it is. The only suggestion I can think of is to add a page that is like a "quick guide reference" to korean cuisine. Your readers could use this a guide to learn more about the korean cusine. Perhaps common terms and ingredients. Great job and wonderful photos!!!

  29. doreese said... December 6, 2010 at 11:58 PM

    WTF!! That is amazing!! Kim chi noodles!! wowww is this your own recipe you made?
    I totally eat kimchi with everything... pizza...ramen... past... lol

    anyhow, I would like to see more Korean cuisine...simple recipes please since I'm no experienced cook and it'll help when I move out sometime next year so I'm not starving from eating American food only haha

    as for one helpful tip... I can't think of anything...

  30. Juliana said... December 7, 2010 at 12:52 AM

    Wow Lisa, kimchi noodles...they sure look and sound delicious...I would love to try this one day...very well done :-)

  31. Edible Art said... December 7, 2010 at 2:46 AM

    ahh ! i think i have tried this before, somwhere in korea.. ah i miss Busan. and all their street foods...
    i wonder if its possible to make this pasta in "kkal-gook-soo" form ......

  32. jen cheung said... December 7, 2010 at 5:14 PM

    they look goooood!!

    have a lovely day!
    jen @

  33. Sommer J said... December 7, 2010 at 8:03 PM

    You are putting that pasta machine to great use!!! How amazing your little ones inspire you!! He's such an awesome little foodie! I think you should do more videos!! Your video was awesome. I have no criticism for you at all. Your blog is fab.

  34. Gitte said... December 7, 2010 at 8:17 PM

    You have a wonderful Blog here and your pictures are always great. The only suggestion would be to perhaps making your pictures a little bigger, not much, just a little. I love the collages and I would like to see more baked goods and desserts. But then again, I have a sweet tooth so perhaps you shouln't listen to me. Love the Kimchi,Love your Blog.

  35. zmm said... December 8, 2010 at 4:51 AM

    I want to join! But will you ship that all the way to Malaysia?

    I like your site.. the recipes..

    Back home, we get lots of Japanese translated (to Chinese) recipe books, but i don't see any by Korean. So this site is quite a change for me.

    Like this noodle that you are making, it's something that I would not be able to find on the recipe book we can get from our bookshop.

    And boy, I like all your kitchenaid attachment (indeed, I'm ordering my ice cream maker soon!).

    On what you can improve.. I find your photos a bit small, maybe it's the frame of your blog template, allowing you only that much space to post photos. Maybe you can maximise the size? Say if your content grid is 500 pixel, you put up photos which are 500 pixel wide?

    Just my 2 cent.

    But of course, I do want to win. :P

  36. Susan said... December 8, 2010 at 7:12 PM

    Wow, I wouldn't even think of mixing in kim chi into pasta dough. Yours turned out really well too. I love Kim Chi and have made it one time before and it was really good. I really want to try making the kim chi from the momofuku cook book. I think I will have to try that soon..

  37. Jane Ko said... December 9, 2010 at 1:36 AM

    How innovative! I'll be trying this in the near future

  38. jieun said... December 13, 2010 at 3:20 AM

    Your blog is great! I'd love to see more of everyday, quick and easy meals - maybe more Korean fusion meals.

  39. Kevin said... January 1, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    I really like the sound of kimchi noodles!

  40. Sook said... July 25, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    This is genius!!