Banquet noodle soup, called “JanChi GukSu” in Korean, is one of the traditional party foods in Korea. The long white noodles symbolize a long and healthy life. Therefore, when we have an important party, such as for a wedding or birthday, hosts like to serve this noodle soup to celebrate and bless their guests. This colorful and delicious dish can be a good thing to serve your special guests. The recipe came from Sempio. If you want to try more Sempio recipes, please check out Sempio’s website.
Yield: 2-3 Servings
Short Korean Lesson
- JanChi (잔치) = Banquet
- ChukHa (축하) = Congratulation
- 1 Handful Sempio Premium Vermicelli, Thin (5 oz)
- ½ Cup Zucchini (2 Pinches Salt)
- 1 Egg
- Some Green Onion (Garnish)
- Some Dried Laver (Garnish)
- Some Red Hot Pepper (Garnish)
- 4 Cups Water
- 1 Dried Anchovy Pack (6-7 Dried Anchovies)
- 4 Pieces Kelp (1 x ½ Inch)
- 1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
- 2 Pinches Salt
- 1 Pinch Black Pepper
- 1 tsp Sempio YounDoo (Optional)
Mix all of the ingredients for the beef together: ⅓ cup ground beef, 1 Tbsp sesame oil, 1 tsp soy sauce, 1 tsp minced garlic, and 1 tsp sugar.
Cover it with a plastic wrap and marinate it in the refrigerator while you are preparing the other ingredients.
Pour 4 cups of water in a pot. Add 1 dried anchovy pack (or 6-7 dried anchovies) and 4 pieces of kelp (1 x ½ inch) to make broth. Once it starts to boil, cook for about 10 minutes on medium-high. Keep the pot covered.
Separate one egg white and egg yolk. Add a dash of salt to each of them and mix them separately.
Oil a heated pan and spread it out with a paper towel gently. This helps you get the right amount of oil. (It doesn’t take much.)
Pour the egg white and egg yolk into the pan and fry them separately on low for few minutes, until both sides have finished cooking, but don’t let them brown.
Chop ½ cup of zucchini into thin strips. Fry it in heated pan with 2 pinches of salt for 5 minutes on medium. Occasionally stir.
Fry the marinated beef on medium until the beef has completely cooked.
By this time, about 10 minutes later, it is time to discard the dried anchovies and kelp.
Season the broth with 1 Tbsp of soy sauce, 2 pinches of salt, and 1 pinch of black pepper. If you have Sempio YounDoo, add 1 tsp of it. You may want to adjust the soy sauce or salt, especially if you don’t have YounDoo. Keep the broth hot before serving.
Add 1 handful of Sempio thin noodles to boiling water. Cook for 5 minutes on high.
You already have the zucchini and beef for toppings. For more toppings, slice the fried egg white and egg yolk into thin strips, like the zucchini, and cut some dried laver into a similar shape with scissors. Slice some green onions and red hot peppers thinly.
Rinse the cooked noodles in cold water once and drain. Place some of the noodles in serving bowl.
Decorate the top of the noodles with the toppings.
Pour some hot broth in the bowl and serve. If you pour the broth from the side, it will not disturb the toppings.
This tastes very good with well fermented kimchi. It is very pretty and delicious. As you can see, it is not that difficult to make, but it definitely can impress somebody. So try it someday. 🙂