With 80 g dried udon wheat noodles per serving:
529 calories (1/2 of recipe); 26.8 g protein; 13.3 g fat; 75.4 g carbohydrate; 67.2 g net carbs; 466 mg sodium (with shoyukoji made with 50% reduced-sodium soy sauce); 214 mg cholesterol; 8.2 g fiber
1 small carrot (46 g in photo)
1 large or 2 small usuage thin deep-fried tofu
Small handful (70-100 g) enoki mushrooms (80 g in photo)
Small handful (60-70 g) eringi king oyster mushrooms (65 g in photo)
Handful (100 g) saishin yu choy sum (102 g in photo)
2-3 green onions (45 g in photo)
600 cc kobudashi kelp stock (water + a few pieces of kombu kelp)
18 g sababushi mackerel flakes + katsuobushi bonito flakes mixture
400 cc additive-free tonyu soy milk
2 tsp sakekasu sake lees
1 1/3 tbsp (4 tsp) aka red miso
1 tsp shoyukoji soy sauce rice malt
Dash shichimi pepper
Prepare dashi stock for soup.
Place kobudashi in pot, and bring to boil.
(If no kobudashi is at hand, put cold water and kombu kelp, soak as long as time allows, then bring to boil on low heat.)
Meanwhile, prep-boil usuage and slice.
Slice carrot and green onions, and chop yu choy sum.
Remove root ends of enoki, and break up into thinner bundles.
Remove discolored ends of eringi, and tear or slice .
Place thick stems of yu choy sum in a microwaveable container, and microwave for 10-15 seconds.
zaru strainer or plate to cool.
Boil udon according the package.
When done, drain, cool with water, rub noodle surface for slippery finish, and rinse until water becomes almost clear.
In individual donabe clay pot, put 250 cc dashi, sakekasu sake lees and carrot, cover, and cook until carrot is soft.
Add shoyukoji and aka red miso, and stir well.
When udon is hot, top with yu choy sum, green onion, and egg; cover, and cook for 1-2 minutes.
Sprinkle dash of shichimi pepper, and enjoy.
- Boiling vigorously after adding tonyu soy milk causes it to separate. Cooking on medium to medium low heat is recommended.
- Yu choy sum can be blanched. It can also be directly added to the udon pot, especially when the amount is small. When a large amount is directly added, the soup can take on a "green" taste.
- Any meat and vegetables in your fridge can go into this udon dish. In other words, there is no rule on what goodies you need to include. At least one kind of mushroom and one or two kinds of vegetables are recommended to make the base more complex.
- Both sakekasu and tonyu contribute to cutting back on the amount of miso while adding mellow complexity to the taste.
- The nutrition figures above are based on the assumption that several sips of soup are consumed (60% of soup is consumed). The total sodium figure (when all soup is consumed) is 769 mg with 80 g dried udon. (I use aka miso that contains 550 mg sodium per 15 g -- 220 mg per teaspoon [6 g]).
- To reduce sodium intake further, reduce the amount of udon, skip or reduce the amount of usuage (which absorbs and releases soup in your mouth), and skip the egg or do not eat egg white (each whole egg contains 70-85 mg sodium, mostly from egg white).
- Dried udon noodles contain a lot of sodium (approximately 1340 mg per 80 g dried udon). However, about 90% of sodium is released into the cooking water while boiling dried noodles.
A more typical per-serving udon volume is 100 g dried (1700 mg sodium); sodium content after boiling would be approximately 170 mg (this increases the sodium figure of the dish above by 34 mg or so).
(Last updated: March 28, 2016)