Slurp Up This Fiery Korean Udon Carbonara

Fiery Korean udon carbonara in a bowl
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
3 min
1 serving

Bouncy udon noodles coated in a spicy, creamy, slightly-sweet sauce, this fiery udon carbonara is a quick and satisfying slurp. It is inspired by a Korean instant noodle called Buldak Cream Carbonara by Samyang Foods, a creamy spin-off of their popular Hot Chicken Ramen Flavor which is itself a noodle spin-off of Buldak aka “fire chicken” – a dish of chicken pieces coated in a fiery red sauce.

If you have cheese powder (the kind you might sprinkle on popcorn), try adding some of that into this sauce too for the hint of cheesiness present in the inspiration instant ramen flavour. You can also use other noodles such as instant or fresh or frozen ramen, Chinese dry wheat noodles or even spaghetti. You’ll want about 1½ to 2 cups of cooked noodles for the amount of sauce in this recipe. Whether it’s because you can’t get your hands on that particular instant noodle or you prefer to reserve it for an occasional spicy treat, make this almost-instant Fiery Korean Udon Carbonara to satisfy your noodle craving!

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For the sauce

small clove garlic, grated on microplane or finely minced
Tbsp milk powder or warmed milk
Tbsp gochugaru (Korean hot pepper flakes), more or less to taste
tsp sugar
tsp gochujang (Korean hot pepper paste)
tsp chicken bouillon paste or powder, more or less to taste depending on brand (see note)
tsp dried parsley
tsp curry powder
cup boiling water (boil water or use the noodle cooking water)

For the noodles

portion udon noodles
pat butter
Chopped scallions



Flavour and saltiness vary widely between bouillon brands. I used Organic Better Than Bouillon Roasted Chicken Base. Adjust to taste.

Step 1

Bring a pot of water to a boil for cooking the noodles.

Step 2

Into a serving bowl, place all sauce ingredients other than the water.

Seasoning for fiery udon carbonara in a bowl
Step 3

Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain and add directly into serving bowl with sauce ingredients, along with ⅓ cup of boiling water (or noodle cooking water). Toss to coat well.

Udon noodles being tossed with seasoning for fiery udon carbonara
Step 4

Add butter and toss again until it melts fully in the noodle residual heat.

Fiery udon carbonara being tossed with a pat of butter
Step 5

Garnish with scallions and enjoy!

Fiery udon carbonara, ready to serve.

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