Warm and Comforting Kabocha Squash Houtou (Udon Noodle Soup)

Warm and Comforting Kabocha Squash Houtou (Udon Noodle Soup)

Houtou is a regional speciality noodle dish of Yamanashi prefecture. This is a perfect cold weather dish.

Ingredients: 2 servings

Udon noodles
2 packs
Kabocha squash
100 g
Daikon radish
3 cm
5 cm
Cut mochi
2 pieces
Dashi stock
6 cups - 1200 ml
◎ Miso
a bit less than 3 tablespoons
◎ Mentsuyu
2 tablespoons
Plain white flour
1/2 tablespoon


1. Cut the kabocha squash, daikon radish and carrot into short rectangular slices. Slice the onion thinly, and cut the aburaage into thin strips. Cut the mochi into a 5 mm dice.
2. Untangle the udon noodles with your hands and dust with the flour. Beat the egg.
3. Heat the dashi. Just before it comes to a boil add all the vegetables except for the kabocha squash and the diced mochi, and simmer until tender.
4. Add the kabocha squash and the ingredients marked ◎.
5. Add the udon noodles, and simmer until the sauce is thickened, stirring gently so as not to crush the kabocha squash.
6. Swirl in the beaten egg, put on a lid and turn off the heat. Leave to steam for 1 minute and it's done.

Story Behind this Recipe

I couldn't forget the houtou I had in Yamanashi! So I re-created it at home.