Homemade Kalguksu

January 20, 2021

Handmade knife cut noodle is also know as Kalguksu in Korea.

What is Kal guksu?

Kal guksu ( 칼국수) or sometimes written as kalguksu literally translate to knife noodles, or in plain english, it is knife cut noodles.

Kalguksu is served with broth or soup.

There are varieties of guksu, like dak kalguksu (chicken noodles soup), seafood kalguksu and many more.
Making note to self to make these many varieties of kalguksu!

 Kal guksu

How to Make Kalguksu?

Kalguksu is a mix of wheat flour, salt, oil and water. 
And to make a good kalguksu, is very much depending on the ratio of the wheat flour and water.

Printable recipe and instruction on "How to Make Korean knife cut noodles", can be found at the end of this post.

Making Kalguksu using step by step photos

1. Plain flour with salt
 Making Kalguksu

2. Add oil and water
 Making Korean noodle

3. Mix to form a dough then rest for 30 minutes
 Kalguksu uncooked dough

4. Divide into 4 and roll to a thin layer.
 Kalguksu recipe

5. Cut into thin (or thick) strips
 Kal guk soo

6. Cook for 2 minutes in hot boiling water.
 Boiling kalguksu

7. Serve 
 Kalguksu Korean knife cut noodle

What to serve with Home made Kalguksu?

Handmade noodles, kalguksu, can be served either with hot soup (either chicken soup or seafood soup) during cold winter months.

Kalguksu can be served as summer dish with chilled pine nut soup (Jatguksu 잣국수). 

If you are a K-drama fan, then the chance of you watching Korean drama, Start-up, and if you are a foodie like me, you will be smitten over a bowl of pine nut kalguksu. 

Watch this space as my next will be about Pine nut Kalguksu!

 Homemade korean noodles

How long can I keep Kalguksu for?

I seriously do not recommend keeping kalguksu even overnight!
They get soft and gluggy.

Kalguksu is best served on the day, and to be served immediately.

 Korean drama Start up pine nut kalguksu

My other Korean food that you may wish to try!

 Korean kalguksu 칼국수


Handmade Korean Knife Cut Noodle

Handmade Korean Knife Cut Noodle
Yield: 4
Author: Lisa Ho
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 4 MinInactive time: 30 MinTotal time: 44 Min
This handmade knife cut noodle is also know as Kalguksu in Korea. Excellent to serve with either hot or cold soup


  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Mix flour and salt in mixing bowl
  2. Add oil and water
  3. Hand mix all the ingredients till combine
  4. Rest the dough for 30 minutes
  5. Boil water in a pot
  6. Divide the dough into 4
  7. Using either a pasta roller or rolling pin, roll to a thin sheet
  8. Sprinkle flour to prevent the dough from sticking
  9. Roll and using a knife to cut to desirable thickness ( I prefer my noodle on the thin side)
  10. Cook the noodle in boiling water for 2 minutes
  11. Scoop or strain the cooked noodles.
  12. Give a quick blanch in cold water to stop from further cooking.
  13. Divide into 4 bowls and serve immediately


  1. The dough will tend to be on the 'dry' side. Do not add extra water. By adding water will make the noodle less chewy.
  2. Do not overcook the noodle, as it will be too soft!
  3. The noodle must be served immediately.

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 This handmade knife cut noodle is also know as Kalguksu in Korea. Excellent to serve with either hot or cold soup.