Friday, January 07, 2011

yaki udon

Yaki Udon : Stir-fried Japanese Rice Noodle with Mixed Vegetables

After a New Year blast, what I want is simple food - something low calorie with lots of vegetables. Yaki Udon/Soba comes to mind.

This dish is very easy to cook. You can put only greens in there and its very delicious on its own. (If you are on diet then you can cut sugar out as well.) When you are too lazy to cook something fancy then you know that this Japanese stir-fry noodle is something you are going to cook as you can simply throw (any left-over) whatever in your fridge in a wok and there you have it. You know what I mean...

Anyway, find below my Yaki Udon/Soba recipe

2 Packs of fresh Udon or Soba (if you can't find fresh Udon. Dried Udon will do.)
1/2 Organic Onion, sliced 
1 Organic Carrot, julienned
1 Organic Chinese Cabbage, chopped
1 Pack of Organic Japanese Mushrooms, cleaned (Shimeji is preferred.)
1 Pack of Organic (left-over from X'mas / New Year) Ham or Pork or Chicken
2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil (Extra light & mild)
2 Tablespoons of Soy Sauce (Organic is preferred)
1 Tablespoon of Mirin
1 Tablespoon of Organic Ginger, finely grated (Optional)
1 Tablespoon of Sake (Optional)
Sea Salt & Pepper (To taste)
A pinch of Un-refined Brown Sugar (Optional)
A dash of Sesame Oil (Organic is preferred)
A few sheets of dried Japanese Seaweed, finely sliced (Optional)


Mix soy sauce, sake, mirin and brown sugar in a bowl, keep one side. Set a wok over medium-high heat. Add olive oil in a wok and later add sliced onion and grated ginger, stir-fry till onion is soften. (I really like adding grated ginger in my Yaki Udon/Soba. I just love the smell of ginger.) Then add ham and carrot, stir-fry till carrot is almost cooked through. Add sliced cabbage & mushroom. Add Udon noodles and a cup of pre-mixed sauces. Stir-fry to mix everything well. Sprinkle with a dash of salt and pepper, stir-fry to mix everything well. Taste if more seasoning is needed. Remove into a serving plate. Sprinkle with sliced dried-seaweed. Serve immediately.

Serve : 2

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