The most preferred summer dish in Korea, Mul-naengmyeon is a dish made from buckwheat noodles and beef/chicken broth. The buckwheat noodles is topped with an icy-cold broth made from beef or chicken. The broth can also be made from Dongchimi.
Mul-naengmyeon originated from the Pyongyang, North Korea. It started gaining popularity in Seoul around the 1920s. The noodles are usually made from buckwheat but can also be made from starch of potatoes, sweet potatoes or green tea.
Shiitake mushrooms, kelp, dried anchovies, mustard powder, cucumber,vinegar, pear and radish Kimchi are usual additions to the meal. Sugar isusually added to the meal along with salt. The meal is topped with a boiled eggand garnished with meat, julienned cucumbers and pears. Ready-made soup packetscan also be purchased from convenience stores to make a quick meal.
The dish is usually eaten during summertime for its coolness but can also be eaten during winter too. The spicy version of this dish is called Bibim-naengmyeon.