Mentsuyu soup Recipe ID: 1388458 (or use your favorite soup)
45 ml (refer to Steps 1-3)
A - Store-bought curry roux
A - Soy sauce (optional)
1 Japanese tea scoop ( 2.5ml)
1 to 1 and 1/2 tablespoons
Any meat you like
about 50-80 g
1/4 to 1/5, medium
1 heaped tablespoon (for 2 portions of udon noodles)
Japanese leeks (or any green onion or leeks you like)
If you don't have mentsuyu for the soup base, combine the ingredients below in a pot at Step 1
Usukuchi soy sauce
Japanese dashi stock (or water + 2 teaspoons od dashi powder)
If you refer to Recipe ID: 1392208, make 100 ml of mentsuyu soup base + 300 ml of Japanese dashi stock
I used a tea scoop (2.5 ml) to measure. It's called a "chasaji" (a western teaspoon 'kosaji' is 5 ml.)
Refer to Recipe ID: 1388458. Put 360 ml of water and the soup base ingredients above in a sauce pan to make 405 ml of broth. This is the best ratio, I think.
If you use store-bought noodle soup, mix the concentrated soup with 3 times the amount of water to make 400 ml of broth, or refer to the recipe below.
Normally the ratio of 100 ml of concentrated mentsuyu soup base + 300 ml of water works well, but it differs according to the packages, so refer to the recipe below.
Pour boiling water over the aburaage to remove excess oil and cut into 1 cm batons. Thinly slice the onion. Cut the meat into bite sized pieces.
Slice the Japanese leek whatever way you like.
Dissolve katakuriko with water to prepare a slurry. Stir well just before using during Step 16.
Put Step 1 over heat and bring to a boil. Add Step 4 and simmer for 4 minutes. Keep the heat at low-medium to gently simmer the soup.
If the heat is too high or the soup simmers too long, the soup is going to reduce too much. Follow the listed cooking time and keep it at the right heat.
After Step 7 has simmered for 4 minutes, add the "A" ingredients. After the roux has melted completely, go to Step 13. If the udon noodles are not ready, turn off the heat.
Place the udon noodles on a plate and sprinkle sake and microwave (I do it for a minute at 600 W).
If you use frozen udon noodles, heat for 2.5-3 minutes at 600 W. You only need to defrost and flavour with sake here as the noodles will be cooked in the soup later.
If you use dried udon noodles, cook for 1 minute less than instructed on the package, wash in cold water, and drain in a sieve. The udon noodle preparation should be done at the same time as Step 7.
Add prepared udon noodles in Step 9 and cook for 1.5 minutes. The heat should be high at first, then reduced to low once it comes to a boil.
Simmering the udon noodles in the soup is the key to this recipe. If you the cook the noodles separately and combine with the broth just when serving, they won't have the same deep flavor.
I used to do like Step 14 when I was a student, but udon noodles cooked in base is much better.
Add Step 6 to 13 to thicken and transfer to a serving bowl. In this photo, I used chicken and 1 tablespoon of katakuriko.
Add more katakuriko if you prefer a thicker soup. This is the same photo as the profile photo with 1.5 tablespoons of katakuriko.
Garnish with chopped Japanese leek. Serve and sprinkle shichimi spice if you like.
I dislike curry udon that's just udon with curry poured over, but I also dislike curry that's thin and runny. I like this dish's thickness; it's just right.
After many trials, this ratio of the curry roux and soup is the best. I like the abura-age absorbed with sweet-tasting onion and curry flavour.
You can make a restaurant-quality dish at home easily. My long-time trials achieved this taste. Give it a try!
1 cube of curry roux is about 18 g. One packet of House brand curry roux usually has has 6 cubes. Use whatever roux you like.
Recipe ID: 1388458 This concentrated noodle soup is very tasty with a savory bonito taste. I recommend this.
Recipe ID: 1392208. This is made with Japanese dashi powder. You can make this in 5 minutes and use as it is. I recommend this, too!
Story Behind this Recipe
For the past 10 years, I have tried to recreate the curry udon noodles from my favorite restaurant in Osaka. A lot of people who saw this recipe in my blog made this dish. Somebody said that her husband is quite difficult to please because he had worked for a restaurant and had a strong preference, but really liked this recipe.
Everything I say here is tips to recreate this dish. Stick to the cooking time and the heat described here. Otherwise you will have different results. After adding the katakuriko with water in Step 16, stir quickly to remove lumps.