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Miso Udon: My Midnight Snack

15 March 2011

I had the midnight munchies so I decided to make myself something to eat. I was inspired by this Japanese cookbook that we have, so I decided to make udon. I made my own soup (well sort of), cooked up some frozen udon and added an egg on top. I would have added vegetables or meat, but we didn’t really have anything. I recommend adding seaweed, mushrooms, carrot, spinach, chicken, or fish cakes, just to name a few. You can also top it with chopped green onion, chili flakes, or grated ginger.

Here’s how to make the simple miso broth:

You need:

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp dashi no moto
  • 1 good spoonful of miso paste

A dashi no moto box

Dashi no moto is an instant powdered soup stock used to make ‘dashi’ stock, perhaps the most common ingredient in Japanese cooking. It is made from konbu (a dried kelp) and katsuoboshi or bonito flakes (a dried tuna that has been shaved into flakes.  You could use any kind of miso paste, but a darker one, such as red miso is preferable (it gives it a darker, deeper and more savory flavour). I only had white miso, so I used that. White miso is a bit sweeter and lighter in taste.

Left, red miso paste (aki-miso); right, white miso paste (shiro-miso)

Boil the water and add the dashi no moto and miso paste. Simmer for at least 5 minutes.

Use one package of udon (fresh, dried, or frozen) and cook according to the instructions. Drain and rinse with cold water to remove the starch. Add to the soup. Return to a boil. Crack in one egg and simmer for 1 minute, covered. Serve immediately!

It was delicious and filling! The soup was very reviving, as I think most good soups should be. As I noted in my previous post, our eggs are very orange. So don’t be alarmed by the pictures. The egg yolk also made the soup very yellow after I popped it. One day I will try to make udon from scratch! It doesn’t seem too difficult and there’s a recipe in my Japanese cookbook. Oh there are so many things I want to make from that book…stay tuned!

I was bored so I made a gif. Click to see it in action.

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