Monday, March 10, 2014

Uncle Sancho's Udon

Recipe by Kim from Kim Cooks Veg 4U

picture of Uncle Sancho's Udon
I've been in the mood for some Asian inspired stuff lately. Udon is a simple comfort food dish in Japan that consists of a simple broth made with mirin, soy sauce and dash. It can be served as a soup or a noodle dish. I made it as a noodle dish here, but have given instructions on the soup version as well. In Japan, there are regional differences on how Udon is made. I've added chorizo and jalapenos for my own Southwestern regional touch.

Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup dulse tossed into cooking water for noodles
  • 6 oz dried Udon noodles
  • water for cooking noodles
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 package Upton's Naturals Chorizo Seitan
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, very thinly sliced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and minced (I used a red one)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp minced pickled ginger
  • 1 Tbsp mirin
  • 2 cups finely shredded cabbage
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions for garnish
  • chopped cilantro for garnish (optional)

Directions
  1. Cook noodles according to package directions but toss dulse flakes into cooking water
  2. Drain and rinse noodles under colder water, leaving dulse in the noodles
  3. If you are making the soup style version, reserve 3 cups cooking liquid and stir in 1 1/2 tablespoon red or brown miso
  4. In wok or large saute pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add seitan and saute until just starting to brown, about 3 minutes
  5. Add onion and saute for about 3 more minutes until onions are starting to soften
  6. Add jalapeno, garlic and pickled ginter. Saute until jalapenos start to soften, about 2 minutes
  7. Add mirin to pan and deglaze removing browned bits from bottom of pan
  8. Add cabbage and saute until it is just starting to soften, about 2 minutes
  9. Toss in noodles (and cooking liquid if making the soup version) and cook until noodles are warmed through, about 3 minutes.
  10. Separate into 4 large bowls. Garnish with green onions and cilantro.
  11. Serve immediately.

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