Noodles are ubiquitous in many cuisines and udon, a soft, thick and chewy wheat noodle, is one of the many Asian forms I hadn’t tried until I found them fresh at my local, cut-rate, grocery store.
Vacuum sealed in individual portions, they’re removed from the package and added to a pot of boiling water where they take only three minutes to cook to the al dente stage. Rinsed thoroughly in cold water and then well drained, they can be served either hot or cold.
Dan Dan Noodles … the noodles are topped with the meat sauce, sambal oelek and green onions … stir it up and dig in.
Tofu and red miso soup served over a half package of udon noodles with a poached egg for garnish.
16 thoughts on “U is for Udon (Noodles that is)”
Udon are one of my favourite noodles! I’ve not seen them packaged this way, must go downtown to China town to see if I can find them!
I understand they’re more common dried but for my first exposure, this way of finding them was very convenient. Amazing what you can find in Food Basic’s International aisle. I think it cost $2.69 for the package.
That looks fabulous, especially the poached egg on top.
Thank you. Someone else commented they love everything except the egg. Different strokes …
I think poached eggs with a runny yolk is a thing of beauty and they taste so good.
Wow I learnt something new today. Would like to try this Udon noodles. Will check this in the Chinese grocery here. Thanks for this share Boleyn.
I’d heard of them, of course. It was a nice discovery.
Udon is my absolute number one among all the Asian noodles! I love its chewiness…. Your post brings back great memories from Tokyo… Udon is so cheap and so much lighter than ramen (I mean soups), I went to a newly discovered fantastic udon bar four times in last week!
I also use udon noodles in many non-traditional and non-Japanese ways. Love your both dishes!
(I find dried udon much less exciting: it lacks the chewiness I’m so crazy for! I always buy it from the “fridge” section).
I don’t know why I never noticed it before in the store. It’s not cheap compared to dried pasta which I could also use as a base for the dan dan noodles but it was a pleasant new experience.
We love Udon noodles and keep packets handy for those nights when 3 minutes is all I can spare. 🙂 I find the packaged noodles much nicer than the dried noodles.
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It was. 🙂
Whenever I have a choice between udon noodles and regular noodles, I always choose udon 🙂
Nice to have the option. There are SO many great noodles out there. 🙂