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Yasai Yaki Udon

July 8, 2010
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Lately I’ve been obsessed with Japanese food. We had this Japanese soup in the Frankfurt airport just before boarding our flight back to Australia and either it was the best goddamn Japanese restaurant in the world (seems unlikely), or I’d gone without Asian food for four weeks and lost perspective. Either way, its left me with a yearning.
Ingredients
  • 500g udon noodles
  • 1/2 sliced onion (I use quite large slices)
  • 2 carrots thinly sliced
  • a small chinese cabbage diced
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp mirin
  • 1 tbsp sake
  • 1/2 – 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp okonomi sauce
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)

To cook

Mix up the sauce ingredients and put to one side, then soak the noodles in boiling water for 3-5 minutes, drain and set aside. Heat a wok until smoking slightly, add the sesame oil, onion and carrot. Cook for 3-4 minutes and add the cabbage. Once everything has softened (and a tiny bit charred in places) add in the noodles and sauce and stir through.

As you can see by the photo, I made some marinated tofu to go with the noodles.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. July 9, 2010 2:50 am

    You’re funny.
    But it reminds me that I’ve completely lost perspective on all asian food and you will have to knock me into place in January.
    It also reminds me on this breadstick covered in cheese and fatty smoky speck that I got in Frankfurt airport that was deliciious so maybe it WAS the best japanese. Has anyone else out there had culinary delights at Frankfurt Airport I wonder? Tell us!

    If you’re on a japanese bent, you should get Saph to do a guest blog with one of her bento boxes she makes for Aurora.

    Chad is away to Halifax/Boston/Brasil over the next month so I will aim to try out a whole bunch of your tofu and chickpea and lentil recipes (Chad has limited tolerance – digestively and preferencially. Though he’s getting better, is Chad).

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