How do you step up your soba noodles game? With this Korean Beef Soba Noodle Bowl!
This noodle bowl fits all the “next level” checklist because it has all of these factors:
- Amazing flavors: ground beef with juicy, ridiculously tasty marinate. The marinate consists of soy sauce, pear, onion, ginger and crushed red peppers. Yum!!
- Freezer friendly: this is a must in my book, for those busy and hectic nights.
- Healthy but satisfying: great nutrition without sacrificing the flavors.
If you are a noodles fan, you’ve come to the right place. My friends, let me introduce you to top notch soba noodles, the one and only with Korean beef!!
Noodles bowls are great for a satisfying dinner, or even better for lunch the next day. I’ve added persimmons and Korean radish for crunchiness but feel free to add any vegetables and fruits you have on hand. The soba noodles soak up the juices from the beef nicely, giving this noodle bowl an amazing texture and flavors. And when served over that spicy gochujang dressing, make sure you’re prepared for a volcanic eruptions of flavors!
Why is this soba noodles top notch and better than any soba noodles bowl?
It’s the combination of Korean sauce and beef. And even more, the side dressing is packed with flavors thanks to the gochujang paste, minced garlic and rice vinegar. Lastly, the unexpected additional of persimmons, kim chi, and radish enhances the dish to another level. I’m pretty smitten by it, and I think you will be too.
You’ll love this recipe because it’s simple, it has tons of flavors and incredibly satisfying. And make a fantastic office lunch!! Win win.
Dig in my friends!
Korean Beef Soba Noodle Bowls
Top notch soba noodles bowl with Korean beef, spicy gojujang dressing. This recipe is simple and and incredibly satisfying. Simple yet completely out of this world delicious! My favorite lunch desk ever!
Korean beef marinate:
- 1 pear (peeled, seeded, roughly chopped)
- 1/2 yellow onion (chopped)
- 2 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt (more to taste)
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed pepper (if you like heat)
Spicy Gochujang Sauce (optional for more flavors)
- 2 tablespoons gochujang paste
- 1 tablespoon water
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 2 tablespoon rice vinegar
For the skillet:
- 1 lb ground beef (80/20)
- 3 cloves garlic (minced)
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 2 bunch buckwheat noodles (about 8 oz)
- 1 tablespoon green onion
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- 3 small korean radish (thinly sliced)
- 1 cup kim-chi (chopped)
Beef marinate: In a bowl of a food processor, add all ingredients and pulse until smooth. Transfer to a large bowl.
Add in ground beef. Mix well until all beef mixture are submerged in marinate. Set aside for 10 minutes (if time permits).
Bring a large pot of water and cook soba noodles according to package instruction. Drain well, drizzles about 1 teaspoon of sesame over the noodles. Set aside.
In a medium skillet over medium high heat, add vegetable oil and garlic until fragrant. Add in the beef mixture and cook until it is no longer pink. Turn the heat to low and let the beef simmer for 10 minutes, soaking up all that juicy marinate.
Spicy gochujang sauce: combine all sauce ingredients in a bowl and whisk well to dissolve. Top off with green onions and sesame seeds.
To serve: transfer noodles to a serving plate. Toss in some beef mixture and gochujang sauce. Garnish with greens onions and sesame seeds. Serve with kim-chi, Korean radishes, persimmon slices, or any fruits you have on hand. Enjoy!
If you have time, let the beef mixture sits on the counter for at least 10 minutes so it can soak up all that juicy marinate nicely.
This noodles is well kept in the fridge for 3 days. Store sauce and mixture separately and toss everything when ready to serve.
The spicy gochujang is optional if you like more spicy and flavors. You can definitely skip it if you're not a huge fan.
This recipe will have about 2 more cups of the beef mixture left. Beef mixture can be save for another recipe, like on tacos or over rice? Yummy!!
Freezer option: Place ground beef and mix with sauce in a freezer zip loc bag. Freeze until ready to use.