Korean Knife cut noodle (done)

  First time making Korean Knife-Cut Noodle, Kalguksu !!!  

Last Monday, I saw a Korean Knife-Cut Noodle, Kalguksu, posted in Facebook by KC, the photo was taken from Kwangjang Market, a famous food market in Seoul. It immediately drew my interest and I went to search in the internet and found a few recipes on how to make Kalguksu at home. I saw one video from YouTube and saw this old lady made these noodles by sitting on the straw mat flooring (like tatami), from rolling the dough into a big thin noodle sheet using a big wooden pole to cutting into thin strips of noodle, her feet were bended and folded all the time. I definitely can’t do that, totally impressed.

I used the recipe from a friend in Instagram which the recipe called for 500g of flour. It ended up the dough was big and it was rather hard to knead until it became a smooth dough, if hubby is around probably he would find it easy. This is a Men’s size version, haha! Will make a smaller batch next time or if using 500g. I will call some friends over and will split into 2-3 doughs and knead together.

So instead of kneading by hand all the way through, I asked Marc to stomp on the dough. I did it by putting the dough in a big ziplock bag, lied a clean towel on the clean floor, placed the ziplock bag on the top and then lied a second towel on top.

Mommy, can I watch TV? I want to watch OKTONAUTEN (Octanauts Cartoon).

Dear, too much TV is not good for your eyes. Can you play something else? Shall we do some drawing together?

No, I want to watch DORA.

Marc, I said no TV.

I was kneading hard, catching a bit of breath and felt my wrists were getting a bit painful.

Mommy, what are you doing?

I am working, making noodle, Mien Mien. (Cantonese pronunciation of noodle).

Oh, *Mien Mien, can I see? I want to help? (He swirled round the corner with his Bobbi car, with one feet leaning on the seat and the other foot moving the car forward like riding a kid’s scooter.

You want to help? (He wants to help us out on every thing, from emptying the dryer; emptying the dishwasher, helping our cleaning lady mopping the floor; hoovering and washing the strawberries, **ALLES!!!

Everyone says I should enjoy it now as later they probably won’t be interested in this households anymore but only their toys, computers, sports and friends. I am not complaining at all, but some times they are too eager to help and can be dangerous.

So I try to think of the things that he can help and deem interesting to him.

How about you help me jumping on the noodle?

Sure.

And it worked beautifully, saved me a lot of energy. If you watch the video clip, he enjoyed it a lot and hope that will burn out some of his energy and have an early night.

Well done Marc. Thank you.

You are welcome!

*Knuffel and Kusjes!!!  (Mommy and Marc hugged and kisses!)

Here is a short video clip of what he did: Marc gave me a big hand by stomping on the noodle dough.

I made a gochugang sauce, and added some silkened tofu to go with my kalguksu. The noodles were al dente. P liked it a lot and asked me to make a packed lunch for him for the following day. However, the noodle is too chewy for Marc, he is too young for this, udon suits him better.

Next time, I will make a smaller kalguksu dough to see if the kneading is easier.

*Mien Mien =麵麵 (Cantonese pronunciation of noodle)

**ALLES = ALL in German

***Knuffel and Kusjes = Hugs and Kisses in Dutch

 

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3 Responses

  1. What a fun way to make them,..so apart too! 🙂 Hahaha! It worked in the end, didn’t it? The noodles look fabulous ,….MMMM!

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