Friday, April 6, 2007

Udon Soup

If miso soup is taking more time to prepare than you have, here's one you can throw together in only a few minutes. I chose udon noodles today, but you can use any noodles that tickle your fancy. I also like somen, ramen, and those long, sticky, translucent rice noodles that absorb a lot of water when they hydrate.

You can buy udon noodles in bulk, but the 1-2 serving size is easier to store

They usually come with an envelope of powdered soup base, but the stock tastes a little weak to me, so I usually add a little extra. You can buy the soup base separately:

So------boil 3 cups of water, throw in some frozen shrimp and frozen seafood medley (the one I'm using today contains "Blanched Peeled Shrimps, Blanched Squid Strips and Tentacles, Blanched Octopus Slices, Fully Cooked Mussel Meat and Imitation Crab Meat") and looks like this:

Add the udon noodles, crumble a dried shiitake mushroom cap into the mélange, some wakame if you like, and when the water is at a rolling boil, add an egg and mix thoroughly.

Let simmer for a minute or so, remove from heat and add the powdered stock. Takes about five minutes if you don't have to search for the ingredients!

So how 'bout your favorite recipe for chicken soup, e*c!


towwas said...

Oh I LOVE udon. Not so sure about the frozen scary mixed seafood, though. :)

erin*carly said...

eee! that first picture is my favorite kind of noodles e.v.e.r.!

here's two recipes i like for them:
1. "noodles and vegetables" - make noodles as on package, but put the soup base in immediately. (makes the noodles taste better.) throw in about 1 cup frozen vegetables (t.j.'s "mukumi and friends" or just a mix of broccoli, snowpeas, water chestnuts, red peppers, etc. is best) and a handful of shelled edamame. add ground cayenne pepper to taste. (i like alot.)

2. "hot and sour soup + noodles" - boil noodles only about 2 minutes, not quite done, with plain water. add to a pint of hot and sour soup from favorite restaurant (or make your own - shoppers carries a decent mix that i'll add a can of oriental veggies to, along with the typical egg) and heat together until all is hot. *if soup is hot already, boil noodles full three minutes and just add to hot soup.

simple recipes, but SO tasty. i've also had a stir fry with the noodles and an assortment of veggies and tofu that my dad makes, but i haven't been in possession of a wok - or had anyone else to help eat. that recipe feeds 3-4 people.

Racine said...

Mmmmmmm... your recipes are on my list of things to do!

Cooking for one CAN be a problem sometimes...

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