Udon is a type of thick noodle popular in Japanese cuisine, usually made with wheat and is served hot as a mildly flavoured noodle soup. The origins of this noodle was inspired from a type of noodle in China called “cu mian”, where the recipe was brought over to Japan and improved by Buddhist priests by the name of Kukai, Enni and Hakata who travelled to China during the 9th century to study Buddhism.
You can see this noodle a lot in Japanese restaurants from as simple as the kake udon which is only made out of dashi, soy sauce, and mirin to something like this post where it consist an array of seafood ingredients. A very light but flavourful noodle dish that is a must try for seafood lovers. I still remember the first time I tried this one it was in Mövenpick – Marche restaurant in Hong Kong’s Victoria Peak, and since then I fell in love with this dish. Funny enough that this is a Japanese dish but I had tried it in a Swiss restaurant.
4 packets single serve udon noodles
12 mussels, cleaned
250g salmon, cut into 1 inch cubes
2 squid tubes, cut into squares
12 pcs shrimps, peeled and deveined
2 pcs crab sticks, sliced on an angle
3 cups good seafood stock
3 cups dashi stock
2 tbsp sake
2 tbsp mirin
lots of spring onions, chopped
freshly black ground pepper
1. Cook udon noodles according to instructions then set aside.
2. In a pot add the seafood stock and dashi stock, bring it to a boil.
3. While stock is boiling add mussels, once they open remove it with slotted spoon and remove them from its shells. Set aside.
4. Add the shrimps, salmon, squid and crab stick into the boiling stock then remove them using a slotted spoon once cooked. This will take a few seconds.
5. Add the sake and mirin then simmer for 3 minutes. Season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
6. Place cooked udon noodles in bottom of a soup bowl then place the cooked seafood and a handful of spring onions on top. Pour boiling broth then serve with chilli flakes.