Icy-Cold Kimchi Ramen

Food & Wine’s Laura Rege uses both kimchi and its juices in this cold and refreshing ramen dish. She serves the cooked and cooled noodles in an icy kimchi broth, then adds chopped kimchi to the final dish, along with corn, scallions and mushrooms.

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  • 1 cup chopped kimchi, plus 1/3 cup kimchi juice from the jar

  • 3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon seasoned rice wine vinegar

  • 2 teaspoons Asian fish sauce

  • Kosher salt

  • 2 ears of corn, husked

  • 1 pound ramen noodles, preferably fresh

  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced

  • 2 white button mushrooms, very thinly sliced

  • 1 small cucumber, thinly sliced lengthwise

How to make this recipe

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk the kimchi juice with 3 tablespoons of the rice wine vinegar, the Asian fish sauce and 1 1/2 cups of water. Season with salt. Cover and freeze, stirring with a fork and scraping the frozen edges into the center a few times, until slushy, about 1 hour and 30 minutes. 

  2. Meanwhile, in a pot of boiling water, blanch the corn until crisp-tender and bright yellow, about 2 minutes. Drain the corn and cool under cold running water, then cut the kernels off the cobs and transfer to a small bowl. Season the corn with salt, cover and refrigerate.

  3. Return the water to a boil. Add the ramen and cook until 
al dente. Drain and cool under cold running water, then drain again and transfer to a large bowl. Add the remaining 
1 teaspoon of vinegar and the toasted sesame oil. Season with salt and toss to coat. 

  4. Stir the partially frozen broth, then transfer to bowls. Top with the ramen, corn, chopped kimchi, scallions, mushrooms and cucumber and serve.

Contributed By Photo Abby Hocking Published August 2017

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