Let's start by saying that this Udon noodle recipe can be easily made vegetarian by omitting the prawns/shrimps.
Due to the wholesale package (contains 6 individual packets) of pre-cooked organic Udon noodles I recently purchased, explains why I have been using Udon as noodles more often (e.g. Seaweed, Sweet Corn Miso Udon (Vegetarian), Onion-Tomato and Honey Dates Udon Soup).
What I like about Udon is its al-dente soft-chewy texture, and it having more "bite" as they are quite literally "fat" noodles. *toink toink*
I do not have a favorite noodle type. Japanese noodles (Udon, Soba, etc.), Chinese noodles (rice noodles/vermicelli, egg noodles etc.) or Italian pasta etc. - I enjoy them at different occasions. Do you have a favorite?
Vegetarian Miso-Based Udon Noodles with Medley of Mushrooms (Shiitake, Woodear, Crimini) 蘑菇味增乌东面
In a heated oiled pot*, aromatize 1 tbsp thinly sliced onions, 1tbsp white portions of green onion, 3 slices of ginger. After about 5 minutes, add 1/2 carrot thinly sliced and 1 clove garlic thinly sliced to the mixture and continue frying. After about 3 minutes, add the mushrooms (shiitake, crimini) and fry for about 5 minutes till the volume reduces and flavors develop. Add water to constitute the soup. Allow to come to boil and when boil, turn down the heat, add the 5 woodear mushrooms (dried, previously re-hydrated and thinly sliced) and allow to simmer for about 5 minutes. Add cooked Udon noodles, nori seaweed and allow to simmer for about 8 minutes. Garnish with green portions green onions, turn off heat. .
In a separate bowl, prepare miso broth made from 1/2 tsp of miso dissolved in some water. Gentle stir in miso broth and allow to sit in the pot, covered for 1 minute. Serve immediately.
*Note: Adding shrimps/prawns for non-vegetarian versions by pan-frying both sides in same pot for about 6 minutes, set aside and use the same pot to start up the recipe above; returning the shrimps/prawns back to the soup when adding in the cooked Udon noodles and seaweed to simmer.
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Tag: udon noodles, woodear mushrooms, miso soup
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