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Jun 15, 2011 09:11 AM

my son loves udon noodles, now what??

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. 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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    1. 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

        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...

        1. re: joonjoon

          Thanks for the info! I more meant a type of sauce that gets sold over here, I use it for beef enoki rolls:

          1. re: ultimatepotato

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

        2. re: ultimatepotato

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

        3. 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?

          1. 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

              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.

              1. re: joonjoon

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

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

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                1. re: Joebob

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