Spicy Noodle Rice Balls
(Difficulty Level: ✗✗✗)
These are not for the faint of heart!
Taking the Korean Spicy Noodle Challenge to the world of rolls.
Definitely prepare for a little BTS, and I’m not referring to the Korean boy band!
- Soft Boiled Egg(s)
- Instant Cup of Buldak Bokkeum Myun (불닭볶음면)
- Bowl of Steamed Rice
- Pickled Radish (small dice)
- Sesame Oil
- Salt or Soy Sauce to taste
- Dried Seaweed (used for rolling sushi)
- Food Gloves
- Baking Soda
- Pastry Brush
Bring pot of water to boil. Add a spoon of baking soda into your water to help eggs peel better. Reduce water to medium / simmer and add eggs. Remove from water at 6 minutes 30 seconds for a soft boil egg, longer if you prefer it less runny. Peel eggs and set aside.
Add water as indicated to your cup of instant noodles.
When noodles are cooked, use scissors to cut all your noodles to small pieces.
Add bowl of steamed rice, sauce packet, dry ingredient packet, radish, sesame oil and mix.
Put your food gloves on (I ran out!!!) 😫 and spoon some of the rice mixture into your hand, add egg and shape more rice around it till you get a rice ball resembling a dinosaur egg.
Place your rice ball on your sheet of seaweed and wrap the seaweed around your rice ball till completely covered.
Cut and enjoy!
I initially poured out a little water from my noodles before adding all the other ingredients as I felt it was too wet.
the original version I saw of this recipe also added a spoonful of hot pepper paste (gochujang), but I didn't feel additional spice was needed. I did think it lacked flavor though and would suggest adding a little salt or soy sauce to taste. Be sure you try it before making your rice ball.
adjust the amount of rice you want based on how red you want it or vice versa. same goes for the radish. I added about two big spoonfuls of radish and one small bowl of rice (or equivalent to one of those microwaveable rice packs)
there is definitely a learning curve to this and as you can see from my blooper reel, it took a few tries for me to figure this out! the seaweed sheets especially were my nemesis and weren't quite so pliable, so I brushed a very very very thin layer of water / sesame oil on my sheets before wrapping and it worked soooo much better! it was like shrink wrapping! You can also use your hand with a light touch if you don't have a brush.