A Taste of Mom's Cooking: Udon or Soba with Meat

A Taste of Mom's Cooking: Udon or Soba with Meat

When I first had this dish at my in-laws' home, I was surprised by how delicious it was! You can make it quickly, and it's good for lunch.

Ingredients: 4 servings

Burdock root
Beef (thinly sliced)
300 g
Vegetable oil
as needed
2 tablespoons
4 tablespoons
Soy sauce
4 tablespoons
1 teaspoon
Udon noodles (or soba noodles)
4 bundles
to taste
Green onions or scallions, shichimi (toppings)
as desired


1. Wash the surface of the burdock root with a brush and then cut it into long, thin slivers or thin diagonal slices. (Don't peel it. You don't need to rinse it, either)
2. Cut the beef into thin 1 cm strips.
3. Add vegetable oil to a pot and stir-fry the burdock root.
4. When the burdock root has wilted, throw in the beef. Stir-fry, breaking up the meat to separate it.
5. When the meat is cooked through, add the 2 tablespoons of sake, followed by the 4 tablespoons of sugar. Stir to dissolve the sugar.
6. Add the 4 tablespoons of soy sauce and stir-fry again. Finally, add the mirin and stir. Simmer until the liquid is boiled down and turn off the heat.
7. Boil the soba noodles (or udon noodles) and put them in bowls. Pour in some mentsuyu and add the toppings.
8. The beef is also good on top of rice.

Story Behind this Recipe

When my husband's family in Kumamoto makes 'Toshikoshi soba' (New Year's Eve soba noodles), they make this "Meat Soba". It tastes just like mom's cooking.