Konjac Noodles with Thick Red Bean Soup
topped with crushed pistachio nuts and unsweetened soybean powder
Have you ever tried Korean red bean noodle soup? There are so many popular Korean dishes, most of all, very well known for many people as spicy goodness.
But this is certainly one of Korean delicacies too. Great for winter, practically popular as winter food. It could be better fit as the tradition goes. In summer, red beans are usually matched with shaved ice as a typical sweet treat.
The Korean favorite version is mostly quite sweet because brown sugar has a big role in the whole dish. It’s deeply linked to a specification factored by the cradle of this dish. The strong preferece for sweetness, that’s the most important point of southwestern South Korea cuisine. Probably that’s one of the reasons this dish has been considered as very likeable regional specialty food for many Koreans.
Even so, a few famous local restaurants have provided red bean soup and light brown sugar respectively for many options. It has been popularized nowadays, so you could adjust sweetness in food by your liking if you visit local speicialized restaurants which lived up to the hype. It gave me some inspiration which let me make it, a unsweetened version with a twist. At times, a craving for a strong high percent means everything. This is one of the cases.
I’m not sure there will be a good chance to introduce other dishes of southwestern South Korea cuisine because mostly too hot but not that spiceful as many Korean dishes, anyhow it’s safe to say this is worth a try.
As for other options, you could choose rice cake balls instead of wheat noodles. Generally, rice cake balls soup is yet easier to get. But all those are very different to Japanese red bean soup or gruel. For sure, custom wise, there is something like a common thread between two styles in there. The most typical one is cutting out bad luck, but it should be lined with own grain in details. What I’m trying to say, you couldn’t miss it.
This is basically nothing like thin soup because very rich and thick in texture as you could see. It tastes truly hearty, frugal and very filling.
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