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My Favorite Stir-Fried Udon Noodles

My Favorite Stir-Fried Udon Noodles

This dish is nothing special and made of whatever I had. They're stir-fried udon noodles. We top them with lots of bonito flakes and ichimi (Japanese chili) at home. It's a family favorite for lunch so this recipe yields 3 servings!

Ingredients: 3 servings

Udon noodles (frozen)
3 servings
Pork
100 g
Bean sprouts
1/2 bag
Onion
1/2
Cabbage
2 leaves
Carrot
about 5 cm
Green pepper
1
Chikuwa
2
Shimeji mushrooms
1/2 small pack
Japanese leek
about 20 cm
Bonito dashi stock base
1/2 teaspoon
Sake
1 tablespoon
Soy sauce
2 tablespoons
Vegetable oil
as needed
Sesame oil
as needed
Bonito flakes
5 g
Ichimi spice
a pinch

Steps

1. Cut the vegetables and meat. Since they will be cooked with udon noodles and stir-fried, they should be sliced into 5 cm pieces. Please use anything you have in the refrigerator. Pretty much anything will be fine.
2. In a pan, heat the vegetable oil and cook the pork. In another pot, bring water to a boil and prepare to cook udon noodles. If you are using dried noodles, start cooking them at this point in time.
3. When the pork is no longer pink, add the vegetables that take longer to cook, such as onions and carrots.
4. Then add other vegetables such as mushrooms, When the vegetables are soft, add the bonito stock base, sake and soy sauce.
5. Cook the udon noodles. I generally use frozen noodles like the picture above, but you can use steamed or dried noodles. Any thick noodles will work.
6. Add the udon noodles to the boiling water. Udon should be separated like the picture and the water should be simmering. Using a strainer, drain.
7. Add the noodles in the pan and cook with the vegetables over high heat.
8. Finish with a few drops of the sesame oil. Plate the noodles and top with the bonito flakes. Sprinkle on some ichimi spice if desired.

Story Behind this Recipe

The cafe I used to go to with my friends had popular stir-fried udon noodles just like these. This dish has been a favorite of mine ever since.