Fresh Udon noodles??
Stopped at local little Asian market yesterday. Needed rice wine vinegar & always buy their eggs... jumbos are never over $2 a dozen. Tofu dipped outta big tubs. Scallions. "Onions"... shallots... 1 lb for $1.50. "Leeks"... super garlicky chives compared to supermarket leeks. Discovered only had about $5 cash in wallet... had to spend $15 to used debit/credit card... NOT a hard thing to do in this neat little store.
Haven't even scratched the surface in the dried noodle aisle. Bought a package of fresh udon noodles... 1 lb. WAY more than I'll eat at once... easily 3 servings for me. Know they really don't need to "cook"... a minute or so in boiling water is all. Have some super BEEFY broth from a little hunka meat I slow cooked yesterday.
Can I freeze them?? Know when I cook too much pasta (like ALWAYS), can freeze and revve with a dip in simmering water to loosen up.
I would freeze uncooked fresh udon but not already cooked....
I love asian markets! I have also found great frozen dumplings and dried noodles from unusual ingredients ( like sweet potato!)
You can freeze uncooked fresh udon noodles, I saw instructions to do just that with the unused portion of a bag I recently bought.
On a related note, how should udon taste? I've had it at restaurants but never bought it fresh before. I thought it smelled very doughy and tasted a bit sour. It was not expired but is that the way its supposed to taste?
It shouldn't taste sour, in my experience. Yes a bit doughy but not mushy or sticky unless overcooked.
As long as you don't buy the $0.99 package ready-to-eat crap like these:
They taste horrid with a chemically after taste.
I buy udon from an Asian chain called T&T Supermarket (ori
ginally part of the 99 Ranch Market throughout western US) and it's a frozen variety made in Japan. It's around Cdn$8 for a large package of 6 udon bricks. When cooked it tastes like what udon tastes like in an authentic Japanese restaurant. I don't have the brand name but next time I go to T&T I'll try to write it down.