Monday, January 18, 2010

Monday Dinner: Yaki Udon w/ Beef

Hubs loves thick, fat noodles so last time when we went grocery shopping, he picked up a bag (with several packs individually wrapped inside) of frozen udon noodles.

Since then, whenever I make a big pot of soup, on the second day, he would throw in a pack of udon and eat it with soup.

The other day, I was flipping through a magazine when I came across some beef stir-fry noodles recipe and it gave me an idea on a different way to cook those udon noodles. I didn't use that particular recipe in the magazine; instead, I googled "udon noodles stir-fry with beef" and picked two recipes I liked the best.

The results? I didn't have any doubts that hubs would slurp it all up. I, on the other hand, thought it was average. However, my appetite just isn't the way it used to be now that I am pregnant, so my opinion probably can't be trusted. :)

Regardless, this is a super quick and easy recipe. I hope you give it a try!

Yaki Udon w/ Beef:
(serves 2 ppl, 1 is almost 32 weeks pregnant)

- 2 7-oz packets of udon noodles (either fresh or frozen, I used frozen so I boiled it first)
- 1/4lb beef, thinly sliced
- 2 stalks of green onions, sliced on the diagonal
- 2 bunches of bok choy, cut into sections
- 1/2 small onion, thinly sliced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- salt to taste
- toasted sesame seeds

Sauce:
- 1 Tbsp light soy sauce
- 2 Tbsp oyster sauce
- 2 Tbsp mirin
- 2 tsp sugar

Beef Marinade:
- 1 Tbsp light soy sauce
- 1 tsp mirin
- 1/4 tsp sesame oil
- 1/2 tsp corn starch

1. Marinate beef in light soy sauce, mirin, sesame oil, and corn starch for at least 30 minutes.
2. Cook udon noodles according to instructions. Drain and set aside.
3. Heat oil in pan until hot. Add beef. Stir fry until beef is thoroughly cooked. Set aside.
4. Heat oil in pan, add garlic and cook until fragrant. Add green onions, bok choy, and onion. When the vegetables have softened, add udon noodles, light soy sauce, oyster sauce, sake, and sugar. Mix well. Let udon noodles brown, stirring every once in a while to get the noodles evenly cooked.
5. Add beef to noodle mixture and toss to make sure everything is evenly distrusted.
6. Dish out and sprinkle toasted sesame seeds to garnish.

{recipe adapted from here and here}

2 comments:

  1. I think Hubs taste can be trusted. :)

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  2. Udon, what can I say. I love you Udon, almost as much as I love my little bups. You're so chewy and thick, the perfect combination of flower and water. And when Joyce gets her hands on you, oh my, heaven...

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