Udon – Beef & Shiitake

Japanese Style Noodle Soup
Udon Noodles in a Beef Broth
Shiitake, Roast Beef, Bean Sprouts, Scallions, Chiles

The Udon Noodle package instructs, “Use anything in the refrigerator to create your healthy gourmet meal or snack in minutes.” Well, I don’t know about anything, but here I used my own beef broth instead of the flavor packet, and added shiitake and roast beef.

Udon is a thick, firm, chewy Japanese noodle made from wheat flour.

Heat beef broth then add sliced shiitake. When the shiitake are cooked, add a splash of soy sauce and mirin, and a touch of sugar. Turn off the heat and add the garnishes and beef.

Garnished with bean sprouts, scallions and fiery chiles. This fast, savory soup is different every time, depending on what is on hand. Ladle into a bowl, sprinkle with more scallions, and for more heat, top with Asian hot chili sauce.

Utensils include chopsticks and a soup spoon.
The origin of udon in Japan is usually credited to KĹ«kai, a Buddhist priest, who traveled to China around the beginning of the 9th century to study Buddhism. When he returned, he also brought back the knowledge of udon soup to his farmer neighbors in the Sanuki region of Japan. (from Wikipedia)
itada kimasu
P.S. If you like Beef Noodle Soup, you might want to take a look at this post on Pho Bo.

11 thoughts on “Udon – Beef & Shiitake”

  1. Hi Lori Lynn! 🙂
    These pictures look beautiful and the dish looks delish!

    Thank you for the spotlight heads up..and I left a note for you on the Carbonera post!

    Ciao!

  2. There’s a soup I always order in town with Udon and a broth perfumed with star anise..your soup reminds me of this big bowl of comfort.

  3. Hi Laurie – I am so looking forward to trying your Carbonara recipe.

    Hi Peter – me too, so you just gave me a good idea to include a link to my Pho Bo post, thanks!

  4. Lori Lynn, I love your beautiful bowls! and I love chewy Udon noodles, this looks so soothing and comforting!

  5. Hi Marie – aren’t they cool, with the notch to hold the chopsticks?

    Hi Ann – thank you. It is indeed.

  6. I can just imagine that when I get more space, it’s going to be a lot harder to resist buying dinnerware (thinking of your more recent post with the shots of dinnerware).

    This dish looks really good. I saw a recipe for Pho a while back and was scared off by it. But, this seems manageable.

  7. Hi Psychgrad – I did a post on Pho is December. It takes all day to make the broth, so I make a big pot and freeze some. This UDON is a really quick beef noodle soup, and quite good.

    Hi Kevin – Welcome, and it was indeed!

  8. How funny! We just ate seafood udon at one of our favorite Japanese restaurants this past Saturday. We saw Kung Fu Panda & left the movie craving noodles (Panda’s dad owns a noodle restaurant). Sorry – leave it to me to dumb it down.

    Great post & love your photos.

    xoxox Amy

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