Fast Spicy Korean Noodle Soup


This can be a fast Korean noodle soup that’s wholesome, packs huge flavours and can curb your spicy Asian meals cravings. The broth will get its flavour from gochujang and kimchi – categorical passes to flavour! (PS The soup seems much more fiercely spicy than it truly is, however this isn’t one for teenagers.)

Bowl of Spicy Korean noodle soup

Spicy Korean Noodle Soup

This can be a little bit of a gold nugget recipe as a result of it’s truly fairly troublesome to make good spicy Asian soups. You may’t simply add a squirt of chilli sauce right into a basic Chinese language soup broth. Properly, you possibly can, however it lacks the oomph of actually good spicy Asian soups which have daring savoury flavour that compliments the spiciness. To make an awesome one, you sometimes want a mound of bones simmered for hours to make a home made inventory, a LOT of chilli oil or a deft mixture of hard-to-find Asian sauces.

Therefore my pleasure over this spicy Asian soup recipe. Particularly when it handed the very best of all taste-testing-bars: my brother. Well-known in our circles for his powerful critique of my recipes – learn the backstory in Chilli Lime Fish for entertaining proof!


This soup is undeniably spicy from kimchi and gochujang, however not blow-your-head-off spicy. Whereas I declare myself to have the ability to deal with the warmth, I truly can’t. However…….shhhhh!!! Let’s hold that secret between the 2 of us – can’t have everybody realizing what a chilli-wuss I truly am. 😂

Can’t deal with spicy meals in any respect? Make my Chinese language Noodle Soup as a substitute which has zero chilli it. You actually can’t dial down the spiciness on this Korean noodle soup with out affecting the flavour.

Ladling broth over Spicy Korean noodle soup
Actually nice spicy Asian soup broths which can be simple to make are uncommon. Usually you want home made shares or obscure Asian sauces. So this Spicy Korean soup broth is a gold nugget recipe!
Chopsticks picking up noodles in Spicy Korean noodle soup
I’ve used egg noodles however you need to use any kind of noodles you need.

Key substances – Kimchi and Gochujang

The 2 key substances on this soup – each of which will be picked up at most on a regular basis grocery shops – are kimchi and gochujang. Gochujang is a wickedly good Korean paste to have in your fridge – if solely to make this soup again and again!! Extra data beneath.

  • Kimchi is a conventional Korean pickle of fermented greens packed in tangy, spicy juice. The cabbage model (the most typical kind) is finest on this soup. The cabbage acts like a mop for the sauce so that you get further flavour within the broth!

    Broadly accessible within the fridge part of huge grocery shops or Asian shops today. We use each the sauce within the jar in addition to the greens for this recipe. The sauce is loaded with flavour, don’t waste it! Add it into stir fries or Asian soups for a success of additional salt and spiciness.

  • Gochujang is a spicy Korean paste loaded with savory flavour. It makes an look recurrently in my Korean recipes – together with the Gradual Cooked Beef Ribs in Korean BBQ Sauce which is a signature dish in my cookbook (it’s insanely simple for phenomenal outcomes!).

    Available today in giant grocery shops (Asian aisle, not fridge) and Asian shops.

Different broth substances

And listed here are the opposite substances required for the Korean soup broth:

Ingredients in Spicy Korean noodle soup
  • Rooster inventory/broth – use low sodium, else it is perhaps too salty as soon as all of the sauces are added.

  • Fish sauce – Provides salt into the broth, and extra flavour than simply plain salt and even soy sauce.

  • Soy sauce – Extra salt into the broth (simply utilizing fish sauce is a bit of too fishy). Use both mild or all goal soy sauce. Not darkish soy sauce, the flavour is just too robust! Extra on totally different soy sauces right here.

  • Chinese language cooking wine – or mirin or dry sherry. Only a small quantity provides depth of flavour and complexity to soups and sauces. With out, you’ll discover that the soup is lacking “one thing”. Substitute with extra fish sauce (see recipe notes).

  • Ginger and garlic – To infuse the broth with flavour.

Soup add-ins

Ingredients in Spicy Korean noodle soup

I’ve used choy sum and carrots on this soup. However it’s one to make your personal! Use no matter cookable greens you need.

  • Kimchi – As per above, we use the juices within the jar to flavour the broth in addition to the cabbage. Korean spicy goodness to the max!

  • Noodles – Use any kind you need. I like utilizing skinny egg noodles for this – dried ones. However the recipe will work nice with any noodles in any respect, simply put together in accordance with packet instructions.

  • Choy sum – Love utilizing Asian greens for quick-prep recipes. So fast to cut! Plus, a great distinction of textures – some contemporary crunch from the stem and floppiness from the leafy half. Be at liberty to substitute with different Asian greens (bok choy, gai lan/Chinese language broccoli and so forth)

  • Carrot – For some crunch and beautiful contrasting color! I’ve lower it into batons however should you can’t be bothered, simply slice it on an angle. It actually doesn’t matter. 🙂

  • Inexperienced onion – Contemporary garnish! Optionally available.

Learn how to make spicy Korean noodle soup

This recipe has an awesome environment friendly move to it. Pour the inventory into the saucepan then as it’s coming as much as the simmer, measure out and add the remaining substances into the broth. Then whereas the broth is simmering for 10 minutes to deliver the flavours collectively, chop the veg and prepare dinner the noodles. Then assemble the soup bowls!

How to make Spicy Korean noodle soup
  1. Choy sum reducing – Trim the roots off. Lower into 7cm / 2.5″ items then separate the stems from the leafy half. Why? As a result of we add the stems first as they take longer to prepare dinner than the leaves which wilt in actually seconds. So we put them into the pot proper on the finish.

  2. Kimchi – Measure out 2/3 cups kimchi and a couple of tablespoons of kimchi juice. Press and squeeze the cabbage if wanted to extract the juice! We’d like it for flavour, so don’t be quick!

  3. Simmer broth 10 minutes – Place all of the broth substances right into a saucepan then simmer for 10 minutes to deliver the flavours collectively. I simmer the kimchi cabbage with the broth substances to extract the kimchi juices out of it.

  4. Cook dinner veg – Cook dinner the bok choy stems and carrots for two minutes, then the leafy a part of the choy sum for simply 1 minute. Then that’s it! The broth is completed, able to assemble the noodle bowls.

  5. Cook dinner noodles Cook dinner the noodles in accordance with the packet instructions whereas the broth is simmering, then drain.

  6. Assemble – Place the noodles in a bowl. Then ladle over the soup broth and all of the add-ins. Sprinkle with inexperienced onions if utilizing then serve!

Spicy Korean noodle soup ready to be eaten

That is such a gloriously fast dinner to make if you’re craving one thing wholesome, one thing fast, one thing spicy or one thing slurpy – or any mixture there of. 😂 It’s fabulously versatile with the add-ins: select your personal greens, select your personal noodles, add proteins if you need.

Whereas I encourage you to make this soup your personal, I’ll, nevertheless, get a bit of strict with the soup broth! The mix and amount of sauces is one which my crew and I agreed made the tastiest soup, after going forwards and backwards fairly a couple of instances, with a couple of heated “debates” thrown in. Should you skip any of the sauces, it’s going to nonetheless style good however not as nice as it’s supposed to be.

So I actually do hope you attempt the broth as written certainly one of today! And keep in mind, you may get every little thing at giant supermarkets right here in Australia (Coles, Woolies, Harris Farms).

Take pleasure in! – Nagi x

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Bowl of Spicy Korean noodle soup

Spicy Korean Noodle Soup (fast & wholesome)


Faucet or hover to scale

Recipe video above. For all these instances you want a spicy Asian noodle repair – FAST! This packs a severe flavour punch. The key is the juices from the kimchi jar and a great dollop of gochujang, that magical spicy Korean paste you may get “in every single place” today. So as to add protein, prepare dinner uncooked prawns/shrimp or fish items within the broth (solely takes 3 min), or high with slices of BBQ pork. You too can poach rooster within the broth utilizing this foolproof technique.


  • Broth – Place all broth substances in a saucepan. Convey to a simmer over medium-high warmth, then cut back warmth so it’s simmering gently. Simmer 10 minutes and not using a lid.

  • Cook dinner greens – Add choi sum stems and carrot to the broth. Simmer for two minutes. Add choi sum leaves and simmer for one more minute. Stir in sesame oil simply earlier than serving.

  • Noodles – In the meantime, prepare dinner egg noodles in boiling water per packet instructions. Drain, give the noodles a fast rinse beneath faucet water. Shake off extra water nicely.

  • Assemble – Divide noodles between bowls. High with the greens. Decide the garlic and ginger out of the broth, then broth pour over the noodles. Sprinkle with inexperienced onions and serve!

Recipe Notes:

1. Kimchi is a conventional Korean pickle of fermented greens packed in tangy, spicy juice. Broadly accessible within the fridge part of huge grocery shops or Asian shops. Extract the juice by squeezing the spoon in opposition to the cabbage (there’s normally lots within the jar, simply have to extract it!).
2. Gochujang is a spicy Korean rice and bean paste loaded with savory flavour. You’ll want it for one of many signature recipes in my cookbook: Korean BBQ Beef Quick Ribs! Additionally for many Korean recipes I’ve shared.
3. Soy – Use mild or all-purpose soy sauce however not darkish soy sauce – too robust! Extra on totally different soy sauces right here.
4. Chinese language cooking wine – Substitute with mirin or dry sherry. For a non-alcoholic substitute, use one other 1½ teaspoons fish sauce.
5. Smashed garlic – place the aspect of a knife on the garlic clove, then hit the palm of your hand on it to make the clove burst open however principally maintain collectively.
6. Noodles – Use any kind you need! Attempt vermicelli or lo mein noodles.
7. Veg – Be at liberty to sub with something of your selection.
Leftovers – Retailer broth and noodles individually for 3 days within the fridge. Reheat individually then put collectively!
Vitamin per serving.

Vitamin Data:

Energy: 365cal (18%)Carbohydrates: 53g (18%)Protein: 21g (42%)Fats: 10g (15%)Saturated Fats: 2g (13%)Polyunsaturated Fats: 3gMonounsaturated Fats: 3gSodium: 2717mg (118%)Potassium: 805mg (23%)Fiber: 5g (21%)Sugar: 10g (11%)Vitamin A: 5232IU (105%)Vitamin C: 8mg (10%)Calcium: 77mg (8%)Iron: 4mg (22%)

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