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enjoy cold noodles deliciously
Why is vinegar added into
Some have the opinion that cold noodles can be taken
more deliciously when accompanied by mustard and vinegar,
but others maintain that cold noodles can be best
appreciated by taking noodles and soup only and without
condiments. Of the two different opinions, it
is generally accepted that eating cold noodles along
with mustard and vinegar are better, since the condiments
not only give sweet and sour taste but also gives
other benefits to human body.
Being a kind of warm food, mustard helps protect the
warmth of body when put into cold noodles.
Vinegar has the function of dissolving lactic acid,
and therefore, it is helpful for fast recovery from
fatigue. In addition, vinegar can suppress propagation
of colon bacilli in summer season when cold noodles
consumption is at its peak. The colon bacilli
are most active in the neutral state, but vinegar
makes noodles become acid, thereby exterminating the
It is better to
eat noodles without cutting into pieces.
To appreciate the deep taste of cold noodles, it
is desirable to take noodles like coils without cutting
them with scissors.
Hamheung noodles, for example, are made with starch
of potato or sweet potato, so the noodles are thin
and rigid, and their unique flavor can be fully appreciated
when taken without cutting, like spaghetti.
Pyeongyang noodles are mostly made of buckwheat, which
are thicker and more easily cut, but the aroma of
buckwheat can be smoothly enjoyed when taken not as
pieces but as coils.
It is good to eat
egg before dining on cold noodles
If we eat egg yolks beforehand, it will eradicate
the vestige of other foods remained inside mouth,
thereby enabling us to taste cold noodles fully.
As noodles are made of buckwheat or potato, they can
give trouble to stomach wall if taken when stomach
is empty. Taking egg yolks first will alleviate
such burden to the stomach and thus facilitate digestion
of cold noodles.