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TypeKorean noodles
Place of originKorea
Region or stateBusan
Main ingredientsNoodles (wheat flour, sweet potato and potato starch), meat broth, vegetables
Variationsmul milmyeon, bibim milmyeon

Milmyeon (Korean밀면, meaning "wheat noodle") is a noodle dish that originated in Busan, South Korea. Milmyeon is a variant of the North Korean noodle dish naengmyeon. It consists of wheat noodles in a cold meat broth (mul milmyeon) or a spicy sauce (bibim milmyeon), and topped with vegetables and garnish.

Naengmyeon is a North Korean dish that is based on noodles containing buckwheat flour. During the Korean War, many Northerners fled to the South. Buckwheat was scarce in Busan, so Northern refugees made somyeon noodles with wheat flour provided by American food rations.[1] The new version of the dish was called milmyeon, meaning "wheat noodle".[1] Milmyeon has become a specialty of Busan.[2]

The basic recipe includes noodles made from wheat flour and potato (or sweet potato) starch, and meat broth enriched with vegetables and medicinal herbs.[3]

Milyeon comes in two basic varieties. In Mul milmyeon (물밀면; lit. water milmyeon), the noodles are served in an icy-cold broth and topped with pickled garnishes.[1] Bibim milmyeon is made with a spicy, gochujang-based paste.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Lim, Heather (21 November 2022). "The Noodle Dish North Korean Refugees Invented In The South". Tasting Table. Retrieved 24 January 2023.
  2. ^ Sohn, Ji-young (20 April 2018). "[Weekender] Pyongyang vs. Hamhung: Naengmyeons of Korea". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 24 January 2023.
  3. ^ The Korea Foundation (30 January 2020). "Koreana_2019_Winter_English". 한국국제교류재단. Retrieved 24 January 2023.
  4. ^ "Milmyeon". www.tasteatlas.com. Retrieved 24 January 2023.