Sunday, February 22, 2009

Kake Udon - Japanese Hot Noodle



Serve: 2 Prep: 10 minutes Cook: 30 minutes

Ingredients:
  • FOR ICHIBAN DASHI
  • 4 cup filtered water
  • 4 packs or 2 oz. shaved bonito
  • 2 or 3 pieces 3" Dashima(dried dashi kombu)

  • FOR UDON
  • 2 packages of frozen udon noodles
  • 4 slices of Japanese fish cake (generally found frozen), sliced
  • 2 fried soybean curd (yuboo), sliced
  • 2 leaves of crown daisy (Suck-gut)
  • 2 green onion, sliced diagonally
  • a pinch of roasted noli, julienned

  • FOR UDON SOUP
  • 4 cup dash
  • 2 Tbs soy sauce
  • 2 Tbs Mirin (Sweet Rice Wine)
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
Direction:
FOR DASHI:
  1. wipe dashima with wet cloth and soak into 4cups filtered water 2 hours to over night.
  2. Bring the water with the dashima slowly to the boil in a medium sized pot, but do not boil. Turn the heat off just before the boil, remove the dashima from the water and add the bonito flakes.
  3. Turn the heat off and leave the pot uncovered for 20 minutes.
  4. The bonito flakes fall to the bottom of the pan when the dashi is ready to be strained.
  5. Use a fine mesh strainer to strain the bonito flakes out of the dashi.
  6. Reserve plain dashi for use in Udon soup recipes
FOR UDON:
  1. Boil water in a medium pot. Place frozen Udon in boiling water and cook 1 minute.
  2. Drain & rinse them under cold water to stop the cooking. (make sure the noodles are al dente as they will be sitting in a bowl of hot broth and you don't want them to go soggy before you're done eating them).
  3. Put the dashi, soy sauce, mirin and sugar into a pot and heat until it comes to a simmer. Taste it and add salt if you feel like it needs more.
  4. Add the noodles to heat through, then divide them into two bowls.
  5. Top with the fish cake and fried tofu. Pour in the stock and finish by adding the crown daisy, nori and scallions.
Suggested Alteration:Quick Way:

I purchased the bonito flavored soup base (Mizkan)
Put 1/2 cup of Mizkan soup base & 4 to 5 cup of water in medium pot and boil.
Add frozen noodle, fish cakes and boil again.
Pour into the bowl & garnish with green onion, roasted Nori.
Ready in 5 to 8 minutes! Taste good same as home made Udon! http://www.grouprecipes.com/88111/kake-udon.html

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