Cooking and eating is often featured in TV programs, and it has become popular in Korea for the past few years. If you are into Korean TV programs, you might be familiar with the show “Happy Together” (Late Night Cafeteria). Korean celebrities come on the show as guests and share their own recipes. Judges try the dishes and pick a winner. There were many interesting dishes that you never see in restaurants, or even at home. In one episode, I saw this bibim mali made by Im SeulOng (2AM member). Since he used one of my favorite Korean instant noodles, bibimmyeon as the main ingredient, it immediately caught my eyes. I had to try it, and I did. 🙂 As the judges in the show loved it, I loved it too. I’m excited to share this recipe with you. The sweet, spicy, and slightly sour noodles rolled in the dried laver makes a wonderful finger food. You should try this simple, fun, and delicious recipe someday.
Yield: 12 Pieces
Short Korean Lesson
- GongDongChe (공동체) = Community
- JibDan (집단) = Group
- 1 Pack Paldo BiBimMyeon (Korean Instant Noodles)
- 3 Sheets Dried Laver for Kimbap
- Cooking Oil for Deep Frying
- ½ Cup Korean Frying Mix or All-Purpose Flour
- ½ Cup Cold Water
Obtain 1 pack of Paldo Bibimmyeon. It is a Korean instant noodle pack that has a sweet, spicy, and tangy flavored sauce without any broth. It includes a big chunks of noodles and a pack of sauce.
Break the noodles in half.
He only used half of the noodles with the full pack of sauce in the show, but I will use all of the noodles to not waste them. Additionally, it would be a little too salty and spicy for me if I only used half of the noodles. So, it was a perfect choice for me, but you can make them whichever way you want.
In 2 cups of boiling water, add the noodles and cook for about 3 minutes on medium-high.
Meanwhile, obtain 3 sheets of dried laver for the kimbap. Divide them in quarters. You will get 12 pieces.
To make the batter, combine ½ cup of Korean frying mix and ½ cup of cold water. Mix it well. If you do not have Korean frying mix, you can just use all-purpose flour. (If you do, add a pinch of salt to the flour.)
When the noodles are done cooking, drain them. Then rinse them in cold water several times to remove the starch. This helps make them chewier.
Mix the cooked noodles with a pack of prepared sauce. Normally, this is how you eat this food, but next, we will transform this food into a creative and delicious dish.
Place a piece of the dried laver on a flat surface. Put a spoonful of seasoned noodles at the end of the laver. Leave little bit of space at each end so that it will not come out when you roll it.
Roll the noodles with the dried laver. Put little bit of water on the end of the laver. That will help seal it.
Use the same process for the rest of the rolls, until you make 12 pieces.
Preheat cooking oil at 350 F (180 c), or use a deep fryer. Dip each peace in the batter and roll it gently to evenly cover it. Then put it in the preheated oil.
Fry for about 2 minutes, or until it becomes nicely golden brown.
Cut each piece in half diagonally to serve. It is a crunchy and chewy deep fried food with a savory spicy and sweet flavor. I hope you try it and let me know what you think. If you have any food you saw on a Korean TV show that you want to try, please let me know. It was fun to remake this recipe from the TV show, so I will love to make other recipes that you want to try. 🙂