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Korean Vegetable Noodle Bowls

Korean Vegetable Noodle Bowls

Quick Korean Vegetable Noodle Bowls inspired by bibimbap make for a vegetarian and gluten free friendly lunch or dinner that's ready in under 20 minutes from

Say hello to one of my favorite lunches and dinners. These Korean vegetable noodle bowls are so good. Disclaimer: they are definitely not authentically Korean, but inspired by Korean crispy beef bowls and bibimbap from our local Korean restaurant.

Korean Vegetable Noodle Bowls

Korean Vegetable Noodle Bowls

I am so super late on finding out how good Korean food is it’s embarassing. I just tried it for the first time last fall. And let me tell you. It was love at first bite.

Korean Vegetable Noodle Bowls

Korean Vegetable Noodle Bowls

I’m not particularly surprised by how much I love it. It’s full of flavor and spice and just so good. I am surprised though that I hadn’t tried Korean food until just recently. Life changing. We started to experiment with different Korean recipes for dinner because I wanted to eat takeout all the time.

Korean Vegetable Noodle Bowls ingredients

All the ingredients for a delicious Korean Vegetable Noodle Bowls

We researched. We tried things. We failed a few times but we succeeded big time with these Korean vegetarian noodle bowls. In fact these bowls came as a result of a failure one night making Korean beef bowls. Cooking crispy Korean style beef required a little bit of trial and error. You have to cook the beef over high heat to get the crispy texture. However, you have to buy the exact right kind of ground beef or you get some serious splatter issues happening. We definitely didn’t buy the right beef that night and let me just tell you hot splatter is not fun.

Prepping the veggies

Prepping the veggies

So the night the hot splatter happened, I was over trying to do the beef. Like really #overit. So I raided my veggie drawer because veggies never do me wrong. Plus, I figured if I stumbled onto a winner with no beef required, I’d have a good lunch recipe since I eat primarily vegetarian during the day and only do meat at dinner.

The delicious ginger garlic dressing

The delicious ginger garlic dressing

Bingo in the veg drawer. We had mushrooms, carrots, cabbage, and zucchini. All of these sounded like they would taste fab with the briney, sweet and spicy sauce.

Yes, briny. The combo of acidic rice wine vinegar and lime with a healthy dose of soy sauce give the sauce that goes down over these veggie noodle bowls a salty, vinegary deliciousness. It still hits the sweet heat note with a blend of chili paste and honey. But these flavors are more of a background taste that hangs out behind the salty, gingery brine.

Korean Vegetable Noodle Bowls

Korean Vegetable Noodle Bowls

Seriously, bowls of vegetarian perfection.

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Korean Vegetable Noodle Bowls

Korean Vegetarian Bibimbap Bowls

  • Author: Seasoned Sprinkles
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Total Time: 17 minutes
  • Yield: 2 bowls 1x


Korean inspired vegetable bowls make a perfect quick dinner or lunch



For the veggies

  • 1 zucchini sliced into thin wheels
  • 1 8 ounce package of mushrooms sliced or quartered
  • 3 carrots, shredded or peeled into ribbons
  • 1 cup cabbage shredded
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp of fresh diced ginger
  • 3 tbs soy sauce*
  • 1 tbs siracha or chili paste
  • 3 tbs sesame oil

For the dressing

  • 3 tbs of rice wine or distilled white vinegar
  • juice of half a lime
  • 4 tbs soy sauce
  • 3 tbs sesame oil
  • 2 tbs honey
  • 2 tbs chili paste or siracha
  • 1/2 inch of fresh grated ginger
  • 3 cloves of pressed garlic
  • 1 scallion chopped

To assemble bowls

  • Kale**
  • 2 bundles of brown rice noodles
  • cilantro to garnish
  • scallions
  • lime wedges


  1. Cook rice noodles according to directions on package
  2. Slice veggies as specified.
  3. Whisk together all the ingredients for the dressing and set aside, keeping close to the stove.
  4. Heat a large pan over medium to medium high heat with 3 tbs oil. Add the veggies to the pan and saute with garlic and ginger for about 7 minutes or until veggies reach desired doneness. About two minutes before veggies are done, add soy sauce and chili paste.
  5. Assemble the bowls by putting some kale in the bottom of the bowl if desired. Top with noodles and veggies. Pour desired dressing over bowl. Garnish with extra scallions, cilantro, sesame seeds, and lime wedges if desired.


*Use gluten free soy or tamari to keep this recipe gluten free

Feel free to sub oils. If you have olive oil or peanut oil either of those would work just fine.

Use as much or little kale in the bowl as you’d like.

Feel free to experiment with veggies. Don’t like zucchini? NBD, add extra carrots or another veg instead.

  • Category: dinner, lunch, vegetarian
  • Cuisine: American, Asian, Korean


  • Serving Size: 1 bowl
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Tuesday 6th of March 2018

Oooh this looks incredible! I studied Korean at Uni for three years and loved it. The culture, language and food is so great! xx, Theresa


Friday 9th of March 2018

OMG what an incredible experience!

Nicole Parise

Wednesday 21st of February 2018

Looks amazing, already bookmarked this for future reference Nicole Parise -

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