Kalguksu (Korean Knife Cut Noodle Soup) is light yet comforting and satisfying noodle soup. It’s perfect for a cold wintery day but also a popular summer dish for many in Korea. I share how to make your own incredible homemade Kalguksu 칼국수 noodles that are perfectly chewy and yummy. They are also a great fun activity to do with your family!
What is Kalguksu 칼국수?
Kalguksu literally means ‘knife noodles’ but in general it refers to hot noodle soup made with wheat flour noodles that were handmade and cut with a knife. Records go back all the way to the Goryeo era and at which time wheat was very expensive.
Not much is needed to make these noodles – just your hands, muscle power, a rolling pin and a knife. Although making your own fresh noodles is a bit of extra work, it’s well worth the effort – you can get chewier, lighter and thinner noodles.
When we were grad students in Florida in the early 90’s, there was no way to buy fresh noodles from the Korean market as you can now. So we made our own almost every weekend during cooler weather. And this was one cooking activity my husband loved to help.
BTW, my husband helped me again with the kneading and the dough for this post. He wants to make sure I let you all know that he helped. You know him by now.. he loves to be in the spotlight – unlike me…hahaha. Back then, he really didn’t want to help with cooking very much. But our deal was that if he made the noodles (because making the dough was too hard on my arms 😝), I was willing to make Kalguksu.
He would always say – “Oh, yes, I am good with things that need muscle power!”💪🏻💪🏻
Between you and me, it really doesn’t need that much power… 😉😜sssh… but I let him believe it.. lol.
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