Oct 06

Watermelon Naengmyeon (Korean Buckwheat Cold Noodles)

Welcome to our weekly Foodie Friday link up! I’m linking up with Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama + Esther from Chocolate Runner Girl to create awesome healthy recipes each week! This week’s theme is Noodles (to celebrate National Noodle Day)!

I’m super lucky that I have my best friend in my life!! We’ve been facebook-married now for almost 11.5 years–definitely longer than any actual relationship either of us have ever been in (har har)!

As you might have noticed, I’ve been kinda on/off sporadic with my blog posts lately because life has been getting in the way (mostly for good reasons, but still). We haven’t had a Skype cooking date in a while, but Jun decided to come to my rescue by sharing an awesome noodle dish he made! 😀

Watermelon Naengmeyon (Korean Buckwheat Cold Noodles) | @fairyburger

(Can you see why I miss us living together?! :'( We used to make the most awesome noms and have pillow fights while playing Final Fantasy battle music in the background. Those were the days.)

If you’ve never had cold noodles before, I feel like this would be an awesome one to try out first! It’s refreshing + full o’ flavor and packed with nutrients! :] What better way to celebrate National Noodle Day, right? :O

Watermelon Naengmyeon (Korean Buckwheat Cold Noodles)

Watermelon Naengmeyon (Korean Buckwheat Cold Noodles) | @fairyburger

Watermelon Naengmyeon (Korean Buckwheat Cold Noodles)

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You'll Need...

  • 2 cups watermelon flesh
  • 1 tbsp gochujang paste (Korean hot pepper paste)
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1-2 tbsp sweetener (rice syrup, honey or sugar)
  • 1 tbsp vinegar (apple or white)
  • 1 small Asian pear (save a few slices for topping)
  • basil (optional)
  • 1 cup dongchimi (Korean radish pickles) broth
  • 1 cup beef brisket broth*
  • 1/2 small Persian or English cucumber, cut into matchsticks
  • Korean cold noodles
  • 1 egg, soft-boiled
  • sesame seeds


  1. To make the cold broth, scoop out the watermelon insides (you'll want to stick the watermelon in the fridge beforehand to chill).
  2. Blend the watermelon, gochujang paste, soy sauce, sesame seeds, garlic, sweetener, vinegar, Asian pear, basil, dongchimi and broth together. Top with cucumber.
  3. Cook the Korean cold noodles according to the package instructions and rinse well in cold water to wash off the excess starch. Add to the hollowed-out watermelon half. (You can slice off the bottom of the watermelon so it doesn't wobble around on the plate!)
  4. Pour in the watermelon broth mixtur.
  5. Top with Asian pear, cucumber, soft-boiled egg, and sesame seeds, then serve!

Additional Notes

*If vegetarian, omit this or substitute with vegetable broth.

Watermelon Naengmeyon (Korean Buckwheat Cold Noodles) | @fairyburger

End-of-Week-ish Recap!

  • Are you ready for all the fall foods?! Check out my review of this cookbook on Sweet Potatoes!
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  • What’s your favorite noodle dish?
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  1. Annmarie

    Welp, now I’m hungry! Looks delicious!
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    1. Farrah

      hehehe, thank you! <3!

  2. AZ@...And A Dash of Cinnamon

    That’s awesome! I’m so glad that you’ve been able to maintain your friendship for so long! Watermelon is one of my favorite things to eat!

    1. Farrah

      Me too! I’ve been friends with him for 18 years now–it’s crazy to think how much time has passed!

  3. Zoe Lau

    Hi Farah! Love love this watermelon naengmyeon. Mia and i made Korean Soba noodles a couple of weeks ago that we absolutely love too with buckwheat noodles. It si another type that is served with this soy citrus dressing served with your favorite vegetables!
    I tried linking up but it won’ let me saying I had a backlink, but anyways love it!

    1. Farrah

      Hi Zoe! Thanks so much for stopping by! Korean Soba noodles would be lovely right now (I just ate a late dinner but still have the munchies, haha)! I wanna try that soy citrus dressing! :]

      Our linkup has a required backlink to the cohost blogs (it cycles to a different cohost each week) but sometimes even if there’s a linkback, it won’t show up unless there’s a “http://www.” in front of the link! x_x I don’t think inlinkz gives us the option to just let it go through without the “www” part.

  4. Zoe Lau

    and love all your creativity! Will have to try this very very soon!

    1. Farrah

      Thanks so much! <3

  5. Esther

    YUM! That watermelon looks so refreshing!!!

    1. Farrah

      Thanks, Esther! :]

  6. Becca

    I love the idea of using the watermelon as the bowl! I’d have to veganize this but it sounds great

    1. Farrah

      It’s definitely possible to make this vegan! :] Veggie broth and substitute with some other type of protein instead of eggs + chicken! :]

  7. Natalie @ Obsessive Cooking Disorder

    This is an awesome dish idea 😀
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    1. Farrah

      Thanks, Natalie! <3!

  8. Deanna Segrave-Daly

    Wow – mind is blown by that watermelon bowl! This looks so delish and unique!

    1. Farrah

      Yay for no waste, right?! ;P

  9. Kristy from Southern In Law

    I loveeeeeeee me some watermelon so this sounds like the perfect idea! The only problem? I wish you could eat watermelon skin too hahaha. Then there’d be more watermelon goodness!
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    1. Farrah

      haha, I wish that too! Less waste! <3
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