Today, I’m trying a new recipe sent to me by the folks at Paldo! Summer is right around the corner and this cold noodle dish is great to enjoy during the warmer months of the year. It was first introduced on a South Korean TV show on the KBS network called ‘Happy Together’ (click here to see the video). It uses some ingredients I’ve never heard of before, but I’m sure the folks in South Korea are very familiar with them – Cho Gochujang and Bai-Top Shell. Cho Gochujang is a gochujang infused with vinegar. But what’s bai-top you ask? Sea snails! Never had snails from the sea or otherwise before. Thank you to Moses over at Paldo America for sending me everything to make this! Always excited to try something new.
Here’s a video I made of how to create this simple and refreshing dish.
Paldo Bibim Men
Bai-Top Shell (in the recipe I’m using a can of Dongwon Canned Bai-Top Shell (hot))
1 tsp Cho Gochujang (I’m using Ottogi)
1/2 tsp Sesame Oil
Prepare the cucumber, slice into long pieces
To prepare the Bai-Top Shell, slice into thin pieces. 5 prepared Bai-Top per pack of Bibim Men works here.
Combine cucumber, sliced Bai-Top Shell, Bibim Men Sauce Pack, Cho Gochujang, Sesame oil.
Add the mixture to the noodles and stir well. Enjoy!
Here’s the finished product (click image to enlarge). This is really quite good! The Bai-Top shell was extremely good – I hadn’t a clue that I would like sea snail! Also commonly known as whelk, it has a chewy texture not unlike clams. These canned ones were in a slightly spicy sauce which was really good. Paired with the cho gochujang, I devoured the leftovers of the can after the video.The sweet and spicy flavors along with the coolness of cucumber and texture of the bai-top all melded together very nicely. Give it a try!
Here’s something different – Cucumber Bibim Men! Bibimbap is a common Korean dish involving a sauce with mixed vegetables and rice. The ‘Men’ here is pronounced ‘main’ as in chow mein as in noodles. So what this is is a cold noodle deal – you boil the noodles and veggies, drain and rinse with cold water a few times, add the liquid packet and stir it together. Curious if I’m going to like this – I’ve had Bibim Men a long time ago, but my tastes have changed so we’ll see.
Here’s the back of the packaging (click image to enlarge).
The noodle block.
The vegetable packet.
Bits of cucumber?
The liquid packet.
Lots of liquid here and has a strong cucumber scent.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some hard boiled egg with Krazy Mixed Up Salt, and some oven baked chicken with a little Dua Belibis chili sauce. I can say that I am very happily surprised. Good gauge on the noodles as usual from Paldo. The flavoring that coats it all is delicious – spicy and full of cucumber flavor. Finally, the vegetables – pieces of cucumber that rehydrated quite nicely – and they’re crunchy! I am also happy to report that this is really great cold. I’m sold – another winner here! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars! UPC bar code 8809296881223 .
Okay here’s some that I’ve been sitting on for a while. So these are to be served cool – so we’ll see if they’re any good.
A big packet of liquid and a smaller packet of liquid…
So the bulk here is the big packet – a sweet sesame dressing. The little one? Hot mustard!
Click image to enlarge. It said on the back to serve with sliced cucumber, tomato and ham. Well, I had some ham so I tossed some in. So this stuff is pretty good! Kind of sweet and vinegary and with a touch of mustard taste. The noodles are cool and wet (drained and rinsed with cold water) and a little slimy but not gross. I think this is good stuff but not something I’d have again. Maybe but probably not. I’m giving this one a 3.0 out of 5.0 stars – it is unique and interesting and enjoyable, but not my kind of ‘regular’ noodle choice. Get it here.