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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Japanese Udon Noodles

The Udon noodle is a very popular noodle, mostly used for udon soups in Japanese cuisine. You can also find this wheat-flour noodle is many fried dishes, combined with anything from curry to raw eggs. In today's supermarkets, you can surely find this product, conveniently vacuum packed and cooked, ready to use. If you can not find this product in your local supermarket, the closest oriental supermarket will have plenty variety of them to chose from.

Personally, I always have a few packs of these in my fridge for the times I need to use up some vegetables in something like a stir fry. Here is a one pot meal, ready in no time at all.

Udon noodle stir fry

- Broccoli, finely chopped
- Zucchini, finely chopped
- Onion finely chopped
- A couple handfuls of  frozen prawns
- 1 tsp fresh ginger, grated
- 1/4 Cup light soy sauce 
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp hot sauce 

1. Make the sauce before heating up your wok. To do this, simply place all ingredients for the sauce in a measuring cup and whisk with a fork. 
2. In a wok on high heat, pour some vegetable oil to fry your vegetables. When the oil is hot place the broccoli, zucchini and onion pieces in the wok. When the vegetables are almost cooked through, add the prawns to heat through. Turn the heat down to medium heat.
3. Then add to the work; the sauce and the noodles. The steam from the sauce will generate steam to help soften the udon noodles. If things are getting sticky at the bottom of your wok, add a few drops of water. The extra steam will not only loosen things up from the bottom but will cook everything nicely. 
Serve immediately.

Stir fries are always a favorite of mine when I want a quick meal idea. Try this combination today and feel free to add any other vegetables you would want to make this dish your own!

Eat well, sleep well and till next time!


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