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Easy Additions to Instant Udon?

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I am obsessed with the instant packages of udon - I prepare them as soup and love it for a quick meal during the week. Any fun and flavorful ideas for add-ins that will make it a little more nutritionally balanced?

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  1. My grandma used to add grilled chicken and slices of hard boiled eggs in ours. This done at the last minute before serving. Course always the chopped green onions. My grandpa used to get all kinds of things that I would recognize if I saw them but didn't know their names. Roots of some sort. The kind of things that would make you go EWWW as a kid. In fact lots of things Grandpa did made us go EWWW. He used to eat the crab guts mixed with soy sauce and mayo right out of the main shell. Ewww.

    1. I love hard boiled eggs in it. I also add carrots and celery in thin strips, basil, green onions and chili/garlic sauce. If I have shrimp on hand I add that as well.

      1. I like hard boiled egg as well, along with thinly sliced cabbage and maybe a slice or two of fish cake.

        1. How timely! I just picked up some instant udon for the first time the other day and absolutely love it.

          I find the broth seasoning packets WAY too salty and MSG-laden, so I make my own broth concoction: add splashes of rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, soy sauce, ginger powder, and chili sauce (to taste) for the broth....and add in thinly sliced mushrooms and chopped scallion to cook for a bit, then finish off the soup with fresh cilantro sprigs. TASTY!

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          1. re: hypertomatoes

            I always add spinach or frozen peas for vegetables. Some other add-ins: japanese fishcakes, shredded brisket flavored with mushroom soy sauce+minced garlic, baby bok choy, and of course the japanese hot pepper powder (no idea how to spell it: shichimi togarashi?)

            1. re: alex8alot

              duh! Kamaboko....the fish cakes. Of course. It's automatic. How could I have forgotten that!

          2. My fav easy adins are tofu, good-quality cooked frozen shrimp, napa or chinese cabbage.

            1. Instead of a hard boiled egg, I used to crack an egg on top of the noodles, put the lid back on and cook but left the yolk runny. Add any veggies I had and that would be my meal. I don't have them anymore, though. Sometimes instead of an egg, I'd put in fish/shrimp/pork balls/cylinders/half moon (like surimi).