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Pulmuone Hamhung Naeng Myun – Extruded Buckwheat Noodle

12 Jun

Pulmuone Hamhung Naeng Myun – Extruded Buckwheat NoodleNaeng Myun, which literally means cold noodles in Korean, is an extremely popular dish throughout Korea during the summer. There are two varieties of naeng myun: mul (물 냉면), and bibim (비빔 냉면). Mul naeng myun is served with noodles contained in a cold broth, while bibim is served dry with gochujang (red chili paste) over the noodles. I’ve had both many times in Korean restaurants and absolutely love the taste, so when I came across an instant naeng myun at the local H-Mart, I had to give it a try.

I bought the Pulmuone brand Hamhung naeng myun. It’s bibim style and comes with two servings for $5USD. In the package there are two bags of fresh buckwheat noodles and gochujang. It takes less than 10 minutes to prepare, you begin by cooking the noodles for about 30-40 seconds in boiling water. Next, you immediately rinse the cooked noodles in cold water. This is important, if you don’t rinse it immediately, you risk the noodles dissolving into a pile of goo. Once the noodles have chilled, transfer the noodles into a bowl, mix in the package of gochujang, add a boil egg to make it more authentic and you’ve got a bowl of delicious naeng myn at your disposal.

The Pulmuone brand Hamhung naeng myun is acceptable, but not comparable to what you can get at the restaurant. The buckwheat noodles is chewy and flavorless. The gochujang taste is over powering and is the only flavor I can make out of the entire dish. Overall, this a good instant hunger fix on a hot summer day, but is not a solution for a refreshing authentic neang myun craving.

Pulmuone Hamhung Naeng Myun – Extruded Buckwheat Noodle
Contents of the package

Pulmuone Hamhung Naeng Myun – Extruded Buckwheat Noodle
Making it cold

Pulmuone Hamhung Naeng Myun – Extruded Buckwheat Noodle
The finished product – it tastes better than it looks

California Pizza Kitchen Grocery

15 Mar

California Pizza Kitchen Grocery

California Pizza Kitchen or CPK as we all like to call it serves creative pizza with influences from around the world. Now, you can find all that goodness of the restaurant in your grocer’s freezer. CPK has introduce a grocery line that includes Crispy Thin Crust, Self-Rise Crust, and For One. Each style has a number of flavors from their restaurant menu and take no more than 20 minutes to prepare (remove packaging and pop it into the oven). The taste comes close to the restaurant. My favorite among CPK’s grocery line are the Self-Rising Crust BBQ Chicken, Thai Chicken, and Five Cheese & Tomato. They retail for $3.50-$5.95 depending on the style and can be found at popular grocers around the US. I get mines from Target here on the east coast.

California Pizza Kitchen Grocery

California Pizza Kitchen Grocery

California Pizza Kitchen Grocery

California Pizza Kitchen Grocery

California Pizza Kitchen Grocery

California Pizza Kitchen Grocery