I have always loved noodles and soup. Combine them together and you will have one of my favorite types of meals — the noodle soup! Comfort food doesn’t get any better than that for me. As far as noodles are concerned, udon is my favorite Japanese noodles. I love the chewy texture which works well in a soup or prepared as a sauteed noodle dish. In today’s post, I wanted to share an easy “instant” udon noodle soup dish that I’ve been enjoying lately. This is for days when you don’t have time to make a 3 hour broth. 😉
At the end of this post, you’ll see a printable recipe for this meal. Before heading there, I thought I’ll share pictures of the ingredient list. After all, you can’t really get udon soup base or udon noodles at your local grocery store. Like most people, I have to run to my nearest Asian supermarket to pick these items up. I found these at HMart, a popular Korean supermarket chain.
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1) Higashimaru Udon Soup Base
I’ve tried other udon soup base packets before and I have to say I like this the best so far. You can actually purchase this through Amazon (link here). Who knew?
2. Frozen Udon Noodles
These noodles are already cooked. Placed in boiling water, it only takes 1 minute for them to soften. You can find udon noodles in all Asian supermarkets. If you purchase the Higashimaru udon soup base (above), make sure you get udon noodles that DO NOT come with soup base packets.
One of the best things about this soup dish is its versatility. You can add your favorite vegetables as well as your favorite protein items into this dish. In my soup pictured, I included cremini mushrooms, string beans, and my homemade pork dumplings. You can also add seafood to this dish too! Shrimp is always a good choice. 🙂
Here’s the Recipe:
- 1 single-serve pack of frozen udon noodles
- Higashimaru instant udon noodle soup base
- Vegetables (I used sliced cremini mushrooms and string beans.)
- **Optional Ingredients: Dumplings (pictured) *I often add shrimp, chicken, or pork.**
- In a medium-sized pot, bring 6 cups of water to a boil.
- Place udon noodles in boiling water for 1 minute.
- Take noodles out of pot, drain water, and set aside in bowl.
- Bring a separate pot of water to boil (2.5 cups of water for each soup base package).
- Place 1 packet of soup base into boiling water.
- Add vegetables into soup. Cook until tender (approximately 5 minutes).
- Place hot soup and veggies (dumplings, chicken, etc) into bowl of noodles. Enjoy!
Here’s that yummy bowl of udon noodle soup again:
If you’re in the mood for noodle soup and want something quick and easy, I suggest you give this recipe a try. Ordering the Higashimaru instant noodle soup base would be key because the udon can be substituted with another noodle but the soup base is what gives this dish its flavor.
Amazon carries the soup base HERE.
As part of my goal this year to recreate my favorite dishes, I hope to make an udon soup broth from scratch. After all, from scratch is what we typically do at home when it comes to food.
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Thanks for reading and hope you enjoy your favorite comfort food today!