Korean Spicy Noodle Soup Recipe

Korean Noodle Soup
Photo by Naomi Imatome-Yun
  • 30 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4 Servings
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I first made up this soup for a friend who loves Korean food but lives on a low-carb diet. I thought it would be a one-time wonder, but it is such a forgiving recipe that I now make it when I need a meal with only a few ingredients.

It can take different vegetables, noodles, and proteins and will still taste good. I have used tofu, brisket, rotisserie chicken, and tuna in this soup (separately!) with great success. This recipe calls for Tofu Shirataki noodles, which are low-carb Japanese noodles. But if you are not on a low-carb diet, you can use other Asian noodles; I like to use udon or sweet potato noodles.

What You'll Need

  • 1 cup cabbage, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp. chili pepper flakes (kochukaru)
  • 4 cups water or soup stock
  • 6 oz protein (sliced brisket, rotisserie chicken, canned tuna or raw tofu sliced into chunks)
  • 1 tbsp. chili pepper paste (kochujang)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 8 oz Tofu Shirataki (1 package), udon, or sweet potato noodles
  • 1/2 scallion, chopped (optional)

How to Make It

  1. Cook noodles according to package directions, cut into 4-inch lengths, and set aside.
  2. In a soup pot over medium heat, stir fry cabbage with soy sauce, garlic, sesame oil, and chili pepper flakes for a few minutes, or until the leaves begin to look transparent.
  3. Add water or broth and bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce to a simmer and stir in chili pepper paste.
  5. Add protein (except for tofu) to pot and wait for soup to simmer again.
  1. Slowly stream in beaten egg.
  2. After 15 minutes, add in noodles (and tofu if using) and cook for 4 more minutes.
  3. Salt to taste and garnish with scallions is using. Serves 4.