Tuesday, November 15, 2005

My Funny Breakfast

For the past few weeks, I've had the same thing for breakfast. And it's something not typically eaten for the first meal of the day. I wonder if there is anyone else in the world who eats this for breakfast...

Can you guess what I might be eating?

nengmyun
Yup, it's naeng myun (or neng myun, depending on who's spelling it). And no, I don't put any toppings on it aside from the sliced hot peppers. I add vinegar to the broth, chop some peppers, and slurp, slurp, slurp to happiness.

While naeng myun usually comes with all sorts of trimmings, I prefer mine simple in the spirit of Japanese 'kake-soba'. Kake-soba, which literally translates to 'poured-over noodles', is the simplest form of noodles served - noodles in broth with no toppings to deviate from the broth and the noodles. The simplicity seems rather typically Japanese to me, and despite all my Americanization, I must be truly Japanese in culinary taste because I love my kake-naeng myun! The fact that I prefer naeng myun over soba as my kake-noodle must be my Americanized, multicultural influence.

Guess what I am having for breakfast this morning?! Yup, that's right! Kake-naeng myun!

5 comments:

The Papa Bear said...

And you said that my choice of breakfast food is strange from time to time. Is this a case of the pot calling the kettle black, eh? :)

修子 said...

マジで、かけソバかと思った。。。
naeng myun。。。って、ベトナムのヌードルなのかな~??
音の響きが、そんな気がする。

唐辛子のシンプルさが、目に優しいねっ!

Chris said...

Σ( ̄□ ̄;)!!!
It's NOT a kakesoba! When I saw this pictur first time, I thought this kake-soba looked like very dericiouse^^.
But...... in the fact that it is the kake-naeng myun. I don't know its taste and how to cook.
Are the both of them alike Japanese soba?????

Alice said...

Papa,

Well, at least I don't eat Crazy Eights first thing in the morning!!!

修子さん、

正体は、かけ(韓国)冷麺です! 何となく、材料も似ているんでかけそば風、イケますよ!

Chris,

Gotcha! It's Kake-Korean Reimen! Naeng myun is the Korean word for Reimen, and I buy my packets of fresh (not dried) noodles at the Korean grocery store. The best part of naeng myun is that you only need to cook it in boiling water for 30 seconds. Yup, 30 SECONDS. Yummy and fast, perfect for breakfast on a busy work day!

choi said...

this is about five years late but noo!!! it's not ramen or kakesoba, etc! it is nengmyun, a kind of north korean food. (but all koreans eat it no just nk. so you can easily eat nengmyun in america.)