Cooking Korean:
Pyongyang cold

Our authentic recipe for this iconic dish

Pyongyang cold noodles is one of the most famous dishes in North Korea. The noodles are traditionally eaten on weddings and birthdays, but you can enjoy them any time with our simple recipe.


Buckwheat flour 750g

Beef 275g

Pork 340g

Chicken 410g

Kimchi 400g

Cucumber 100g

Pear 100g

Hard-boiled eggs 2.5

Salt 20g

Soy sauce 50g

Vinegar 30g

Mustard 15g

Baking soda 8g

Dongchimimul (Korean radish water) 500ml


Boil the beef, pork and chicken in plenty of water. Season with salt, soy sauce and the dongchimimul to make the broth for the noodles.

Slice the cucumber, pear and kimchi into thin strips. Peel the eggs and cut each in half.

Mix together the buckwheat flour, baking soda and 70-80ml of warm water. Knead it for a few minutes before pressing through a noodle mould and rinsing with cold water.

Boil the noodles for 15-20 minutes, stirring continuously so that they don't stick together.

Dress the noodles with meat shreds (leftover from the broth), the sliced vegetables and half a boiled egg. Lastly, pour over the broth water.

Makes 5 bowls.


Make sure the amount of water you use to boil the noodles is about twice as much as the volume of noodles. If the amount of water is too small, the noodles will need to be cooked longer, and their surface will be rough and soggy.

You can try Pyongyang Cold Noodles on any North Korea group tour or custom independent tour with Koryo Tours.

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