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my son loves udon noodles, now what??

addicted2cake Jun 15, 2011 09:11 AM

My teenaged son went out to dinner with friends over the weekend and had a Japanese dish with udon noodles. He loved the sauce, but couldn't really tell me much about it except that it was mildly spicy and tasted really good. It was vegetarian. He would like me to make something similar for him, but I'm not the most talented or creative cook and could use some help with a recipe or 2. I'm not familiar with Japanese cuisine (sauces, spices, etc.). Thanks for any help you can give. Oh yes, please, the recipes must be fairly easy (no more than 30-45 minutes tops, from start to finish. Thanks again!

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  1. chef chicklet RE: addicted2cake Jun 15, 2011 09:29 AM

    I'll check with my Japanese friends if they have a recipe, and I'll try to remember to post it.

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      addicted2cake RE: chef chicklet Jun 16, 2011 07:57 AM

      That's very kind. Thank you!

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      ultimatepotato RE: addicted2cake Jun 15, 2011 09:44 AM

      Was it sweet and spicy? Just savoury and mildly spicy?

      I make noodles with a variety of sauces depending on my mood. While I tend to lean towards Malay and Thai preparations, I'd use some of the following if I wanted a 'Japanese' flavour: Sukiyaki, Tamari (Japanese Soy), Mirin (rice wine), Teriyaki (which can be made or bought prepared). I'd use ingredients like enoki mushrooms if available, fresh ginger, tofu, potentially egg. Noodles are used so diversly in Asian cooking and I don't think I'll ever get tired of them.

      Here's a link to a recipe search that might help - I'm afraid mine are all a bit too 'throw in some of this and add a dash of that' to be written down:


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      1. re: ultimatepotato
        joonjoon RE: ultimatepotato Jun 15, 2011 09:58 AM

        ultimatepotato, sukiyaki is not an ingredient but the name of a Japanese dish where you cook a bunch of stuff in a pot and cook thin slices of meat in it...

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          ultimatepotato RE: joonjoon Jun 15, 2011 10:01 AM

          Thanks for the info! I more meant a type of sauce that gets sold over here, I use it for beef enoki rolls: http://www.japanesefoodshop.co.uk/ekm...

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            joonjoon RE: ultimatepotato Jun 15, 2011 10:18 AM

            Ah, I guess that's a bottled Sukiyaki sauce! I've never seen that before. You learn something new every day. :)

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          addicted2cake RE: ultimatepotato Jun 16, 2011 07:03 AM

          It was savory and mildly spicy. Thanks for the link. I'll check it out.

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          escondido123 RE: addicted2cake Jun 15, 2011 09:49 AM

          Teenage son loved the dish. Maybe he could do the research on the dish, get the ingredients and the two of you could cook it together. Wouldn't that be fun?

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            joonjoon RE: addicted2cake Jun 15, 2011 09:56 AM

            The dish you're looking for is called yaki udon. If you google it you will find lots of recipes, but it goes something like this:

            Noodles: Udon
            Veggies: Some combination of carrots, snow peas, onions, scallions, some type of asian cabbage, bell pepper, mushrooms, garlic/ginger, bean sprouts
            Seasoning/sauce: Soy sauce, sesame oil, wine/sake, mirin, dashi (or dashi powder) or chicken stock, possibly some type of starch to thicken
            Meat: Thinly sliced protein of your choice.

            Basically you want to saute the veggies/aromatics and meat in a pan, and then add the noodles and sauce and toss. Top with sesame seeds and/or togarashi. Maybe shredded nori.


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            1. re: joonjoon
              Jeri L RE: joonjoon Jun 15, 2011 06:39 PM

              If it was indeed yakiudon, you can buy ready made yakisoba sauce which can also be used for udon. It's rather like a thick, slightly sweet Worcestershire sauce.

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                addicted2cake RE: joonjoon Jun 16, 2011 07:05 AM

                This is good. Yaki Udon. I'll google and look for recipes. I appreciate your help, joonjoon.

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                Joebob RE: addicted2cake Jun 15, 2011 11:12 AM

                Perhaps you and your son would enjoy and be inspired by the great Japanese comedy "Tampopo".

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                  addicted2cake RE: Joebob Jun 16, 2011 07:39 AM

                  Great idea! Saw this film years ago, but can't remember what it was about. Thanks for the suggestion!

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                  catbert RE: addicted2cake Jun 15, 2011 03:19 PM

                  was it a fried dish or a salad? i don't think we're talking about eating it with dipping sauce, but udon can be versatile. although, joonjoon is probably on the right track with yaki udon. i think i had a recipe for one that used ketchup...

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                  1. re: catbert
                    paulj RE: catbert Jun 15, 2011 04:52 PM

                    Udon is also served in a soup. Roughly - half fill a bowl with noodles, top with a variety ingredients like sliced pork, chopped green onion, bean sprouts, raw or cooked egg, and fill with a hot broth.

                    Here's a sumo udon recipe

                    1. re: paulj
                      addicted2cake RE: paulj Jun 16, 2011 07:59 AM

                      Paulj, I love soup. This would be great for me. Son might like this, too. Thanks for your suggestion and the link.

                    2. re: catbert
                      addicted2cake RE: catbert Jun 16, 2011 07:42 AM

                      No, not a salad. It was an entree, no dipping sauce.

                    3. DuchessNukem RE: addicted2cake Jun 15, 2011 05:03 PM

                      Or you could take this as an opportunity to spend a little time with honorable son, researching together at local joints once-twice a week, until he can find something similar in flavor to share with you. Then, when you've got better descriptors, everyone could pile on with recipes.

                      Just a suggestion. ;^)

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                      1. re: DuchessNukem
                        pdxgastro RE: DuchessNukem Jun 15, 2011 11:05 PM

                        And you can try replicating the recipe together in the kitchen!

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                          addicted2cake RE: pdxgastro Jun 16, 2011 08:01 AM

                          Once he's finished with school, (snow days have to be made up), this is a great idea. Thanks!

                        2. re: DuchessNukem
                          addicted2cake RE: DuchessNukem Jun 16, 2011 07:54 AM

                          Fun idea. A little expensive, but I like your thinking!

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