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A Flavor of Kurashiki City: Cold or Hot Bukkake Udon

A Flavor of Kurashiki City: Cold or Hot Bukkake Udon

Udon noodles with sauce poured over is a speciality of Kurashiki-city in Okayama prefecture. A sweet and salty sauce is mixed with udon noodles with lots of toppings. Enjoy it chilled or hot!

Ingredients: 4 servings of sauce

Udon noodles (I used frozen noodles this time)
4 servings
For the mentsuyu:
Soy sauce
50 ml
Sashimi or tamari
20 ml
Mirin
30 ml
Cooking sake
10 ml
Sugar
about 1 1/2 teaspoons
Kombu for dashi stock
10 cm square piece
Bonito flakes
3 g (1 small packet)
Additions:
Raw egg yolk
1 per serving
Tempura crumbs
as much as you like
Shredded nori seaweed
as much as you like
Green onions (finely chopped)
as much as you like
Grated ginger
as much as you like
Ground sesame seeds
as much as you like

Steps

1. Put all the sauce ingredients as well as the kombu and bonito flakes in a pan, simmer for about 2 minutes to cook off some of the alcohol and slightly concentrate the sauce. Leave for 30 minutes.
2. Strain the sauce through a fine-mesh tea strainer or paper towel. This is enough mentsuyu for 4 servings.
3. Cook the udon noodles. If using frozen noodles as I did here, just heat them up in the microwave. If you're serving the noodles cold, rinse in cold water to cool. If you're serving them warm, keep warm after microwaving.
4. Put the noodles on a serving plate, add a tablespoon of sauce per serving, and garnish with the toppings. Drop an egg yolk on top to finish.
5. Mix everything together well before eating. Enjoy this cold in the summer and hot in the winter, or however you like.
6. This is the orginal udon bowl that inspired this recipe. My family gave rave reviews for my version. It's easy, so give it a try.
7. Postscript: The taste will vary a lot depending on the soy sauce you use. We use a rather sweet soy sauce. Taste and adjust the amount of sugar to your taste. The aim is to create a sweet-salty mentsuyu.

Story Behind this Recipe

This is an imitation of the famous bukkake udon from Furuichi (the name of a restaurant) in Kurashiki-city. I've been eating this Kurashiki speciality since I was a child. I was inspired by user "Pecchin-san's" tip to use tamari for her Ise Udon recipe, and was able to make a version of bukkake udon sauce I was happy with, so I uploaded it!