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!
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- 2 portions of frozen udon noodles
- 2 sheets of fried tofu
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoons cooking wine
- ¾ cup water
- ¼ teaspoon bonito soup stock
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Warm the soup. When you start to see the cloud of steam above the pot, add udon noodles and stir a few times.
- 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!
- 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.
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!)
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