Nabe Yaki Udon is a delicious and comforting Japanese noodle dish that’s typically prepared in a hot pot (nabe) and features udon noodles cooked with various ingredients in a savory broth. Here’s how you can make Nabe Yaki Udon at home:
- Udon noodles (fresh or dried)
- Broth: Dashi (Japanese broth) or a combination of dashi and soy sauce
- Sliced chicken, beef, pork, or seafood (shrimp, squid, etc.)
- Assorted vegetables (mushrooms, spinach, carrots, baby corn, etc.)
- Tofu, cubed
- Kamaboko (fish cake), thinly sliced (optional)
- Tempura batter or tempura shrimp (optional)
- Egg, beaten
- Sliced green onions, for garnish
- Shichimi togarashi (Japanese seven spice blend), for seasoning (optional)
- Prepare Broth:
- In a pot, heat dashi (or a combination of dashi and soy sauce) over medium heat. Adjust the amount of dashi and soy sauce to your taste, ensuring it’s flavorful but not overly salty.
- Cook Sliced Meat or Seafood:
- Add your choice of sliced meat or seafood to the simmering broth. Let it cook until almost done.
- Add Vegetables and Tofu:
- Add the assortment of vegetables, tofu cubes, and kamaboko slices to the pot. Let them simmer until the vegetables are tender and the tofu is heated through.
- Add Udon Noodles:
- Add the udon noodles to the pot. If using dried udon noodles, cook them according to the package instructions before adding them to the broth.
- Arrange Tempura (Optional):
- If you’re using tempura batter or tempura shrimp, you can arrange them on top of the udon noodles.
- Pour in Beaten Egg:
- Slowly pour the beaten egg over the udon noodles and other ingredients. The heat from the broth will cook the egg, creating a silky texture.
- Garnish and Season:
- Garnish the Nabe Yaki Udon with sliced green onions and a sprinkle of shichimi togarashi for added flavor and heat.
- Once the egg is cooked and the udon noodles are heated through, the Nabe Yaki Udon is ready to be served. Carefully ladle the udon and ingredients into individual serving bowls.
Nabe Yaki Udon is a comforting and customizable dish that can be enjoyed during colder months or any time you’re craving a hearty and flavorful noodle soup. You can adjust the ingredients and seasonings to your preferences, making it a versatile option for a satisfying meal.