Happy National Noodle Day! Kitsune Udon to Stay Warm & Cozy!

Happy National Noodle Day! Did you know, today Oct. 6th is the day to enjoy some noodles!

 

To enjoy this amazing food holiday, I made another dish using fried tofu. In the previous post that I shared a recipe with fried tofu(abura-age,) I talked about Japanese myths. According to Japanese myth, fried tofu is considered as the fox god’s favorite food, so if you happen to see instant noodles with fried tofu, you’re more likely to see a fox picture on the package. 

 

For this dish, the fried tofu is cooked in savory soy sauce based broth beforehand and added on comforting hot noodles, either soba or udon. I used to eat kitsune udon a lot when I was in Japan…meaning I had pretty easy access to fried tofu. 

 

Finally here in California is getting ready for Autumn and the temperature is going down, so I want something warm and comforting…the perfect timing to enjoy the kitsune udon! 

 

Ready to check the recipe? Let’s cook!  

 

<Today’s Recipe>

Kitsune Udon

kitsune udon

<Ingredients>

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  • 2 portions of frozen udon noodles

For “kitsune”

Udon Soup

Topping

 

<Directions>

  1. Soy sauce, sugar, cooking wine, and water together in a saucepan and bring it to medium high heat. When the liquid starts to boil, place fried tofu. Reduce heat to medium and cook until the liquid is soaked in fried tofu and you don’t see any excess liquid in the saucepan
  2. Combine all ingredients for udon soup in another saucepan and bring it to high heat. When the sugar is dissolved, reduce heat to low or turn off the heat.
  3. Cook udon noodles. Fill water in a pot and bring it to boil. Add udon noodles and cook for about 3 min. Drain and rinse with cold running water.
  4. Warm the soup. When you start to see the cloud of steam above the pot, add udon noodles and stir a few times.
  5. Transfer the noodles and soup in a bowl. Place fried tofu and sprinkle scallion and bonito flakes. Enjoy while you’re still seeing bonito flakes dancing!

 

<Cooking Tips>

  • If available, use frozen, thick udon noodles called sanuki! We tried several types of udon noodles like dried (it’d be my second choice,) fresh and frozen, and the frozen one gives you the best chewy texture!
  • If you want to stay vegan, swap bonito soup stock to kelp based dashi stock.
  • When you eat udon Japanese style noodles, slurp them up with a big sound! It might be against good manners in your culture, but in an authentic Japanese way of eating noodles, the louder, the better.

kitsune udon

Slurp, slurp, slurp…yes I’m feeling the cold season is coming! Something warm and comforting is the key to enjoy the cold season, so save this recipe to brighten up your winter! The kitsune soaked up savory broth is the highlight of eating kitsune udon…when you sink your teeth into the fried tofu, all the broth is rushing into your mouth so the flavor bursts!(and be careful not to burn your mouth!) 

 

The kitsune noodle is considered as a twin of tanuki udon…In Japanese culture, fox’s best friend is tanuki(racoon) so both animals are typically together in cartoon just like Tom and Jerry(wait, can I say they’re friends?)

 

Happy National Noodle Day! Hope you enjoy some noodles and stay warm(if your place is getting chilly…for those who don’t have cold seasons, I’m sure I’d be jealous of you especially in December or January!)

 

<Other Yummy Noodle Recipes>

Can’t be ready to say goodbye to the hot season? Summer Soba salad

summer soba salad with wildbrine

Yes pasta is a perfect example of noodles! Eggplant Gratin Boat

eggplant gratin boat

Creamy rich noodle is calling your name! Peanut Noodle

peanut noodle

<To Spammers>

I might delete this section later if the things get better, but I have to say this now. Recently I’m receiving too many spam comments. A lot has a link to porn sites or youtube (maybe that’s their channel and their intention is to get more playing count?  It’s so unfortunate to know one of my followers were a part of it last night…sorry I blocked you! #sorryfornotsorry) babbling for unrelated topic, etc…

STOP IT!

What you’re doing is spamming. Be polite. You’re visiting other people’s website so you need to respect the owner.

<To My Real Followers>

Please feel free to leave a comment:) I’m not thinking about closing comment section because this is where I can communicate with visitors. As long as you’re not rude, I welcome you to my pages by serving virtual tea and cake set;)

Enjoy home cooking and your own creation of homemade food:)

28 Comments Add yours

  1. aparna12 says:

    Wow. My most favorite post of the day. I always drool over your delicious super yummy food blogs. ♥️♥️♥️♥️😊😊😊😋😋😋

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Thank you dear Aparna! Hope you enjoy some noodles today😋🍜🍝💕✨

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Yay🙌💕✨ Enjoy some noodles today👍🍝🍜✨

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  2. M. Lee Keena says:

    So sorry that you have to deal with spammers. They really are horrible. Hope they go away 😟

    The noodles I still am having issues cooking. I even have trouble cooking spaghetti 🙃

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Tanooki says:

      Yes thank you Michelle…every time I open comment box, I see my trash folder and spam folder got tons of new messages full of stupid things😔

      Haha really!? But as simple as the dish is, sometimes making a good one could be difficult😁🙌💕🍝🍜

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  3. johnrieber says:

    I love noodles and enjoy leaving comments so I hope you can resolve the situation. There is a way on WordPress to automatically move comments to a spam folder if they use certain words…that’s how I got rid of so much of my “auto body repair” spam!

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Thank you for the tips about avoid reading spam, John! Yes I’ve set it but for some reason some of real comment from my followers also goes into spam folders so I have to check it once in a while😫

      Liked by 1 person

      1. johnrieber says:

        It is, without a doubt the worst part of social media…a sad circumstance that must be endured in order to share with others…and we all love your stories!

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      2. Tanooki says:

        Aww, thank you John!😭✨

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  4. elvira797mx says:

    Wow! Wow! Happy noodle day! Looks delicious!
    Thank’s for share Tanooki. I never try fried toffu, sounds great!
    Have a lovely day!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Tanooki says:

      Thank you Elvira, you too🙌💕

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      1. elvira797mx says:

        You are welcome, Tanooki.
        Thank’s, as well! 🙏💕

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  5. CarolCooks2 says:

    Spammers are a nightmare for me too and sometimes there are so many that I can’t go through them to find genuine comments…grrrrr

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Tanooki says:

      Same here! And here is the thing…your comment always comes into spam box as well as some of my other friends who always give me warm comment😫 I don’t know what’s wrong, but no worries, I will find yours and approve👍💕 Sorry if it takes some time to find it…Wordpress must find the ways to do something for spammers😭

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      1. CarolCooks2 says:

        They must indeed… Personally I’d send them a virus one they can’t crack.. That would give them a taste of their own medicine… 😎😎😎

        Liked by 1 person

      2. Tanooki says:

        haha~~~that’s an amazing idea!!🤣🙌💕✨ I’m in too❤️

        Liked by 1 person

      3. CarolCooks2 says:

        Hehe.. We think alike 🤭… Hit them where it hurts 🤣🙄

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  6. Yummmmm 🤤🤤🤤🤤 Fried tofu is one of my favorite ingredients to liven up the taste of any dish. This looks delicious!

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Thank you! Hope you enjoyed some noodles to stay warm and cozy!😆👍🍜🍝

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Livia says:

    Wow, these noodles must be amazing! Only reading the ingredients already makes my mouth water and when I see your photos, I can almost smell the delicious smell of the dish. 😍😍 Thanks a lot for sharing and have a very nice weekend 🙏🤩

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Thank you Livia, hope you had an amazing weekend too🙌💕✨

      Liked by 1 person

  8. CarolCooks2 says:

    There is no. rhyme or reason to it unless its individual words in a post which flag as spam.. I was having an online conversation with another blogger the other and all her comments came through as normal and one ended up in spam.. Go figure.. Crazy… Thank you for rescuing me from spam, Tanooki.. Have a lovely day 🤗

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Of course Carol! I love to see your comment because I actually learn a lot from them😊 Glad to have you as my food blogger friend❤️

      Like

  9. Leah says:

    I am thrilled to read your post of my favorite udon, my friend! I often order kitsune udon whenever I am at an udon place! Not only is it vegetarian (pescetarian) but I love fried tofu! Thank you for sharing your recipe! Such a delicious of comfort this fall! 🙂

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Aww thank you Leah! Love fried tofu too. Happy Eating!😋🎉✨

      Liked by 1 person

  10. M. Lee Keena says:

    Sorry you have to deal with spammers. They really suck. Hope it gets better.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Tanooki says:

      Yes, hopefully…thank you Michelle❤️

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