Saturday, September 3, 2011

Seafood Udon Noodles

Today, my husband and I wanted something quick for lunch. So I thought having noodles would be an excellent choice.  I was checking to see if we had enough ingredients to make two bowls of tasty noodles.  Yes, we did.  We still had leftover simulated king crab, cooked shrimp, crimini mushrooms and green onions in the fridge from the pizza ingredients a couple of days ago.  We had a bag of frozen udon noodles in the freezer, which had been storing in there for quite some time. The noodles come in a bag of five blocks.  Each block is enough for a bowl.   For two people, I would only need to use two blocks.  As I did not prepare any homemade broth beforehand which would be ideal for this recipe, I just used ready made chicken broth from the supermarket.  Eating noodles without vegetable in the soup seemed to miss something.   So I added some Chinese bok choy which we bought from the farmers market to the soup.   If you cannot find Chinese bok choy, any other kinds of vegetable will be just fine.

2 blocks Udon noodles
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 bunch of Chinese bok choy
1 cup crimini mushrooms - chopped
1/2 cup cooked shrimp 
3 sticks simulated king crab - cut into half crosswise
1/4 cup green onion
3 garlic cloves - thinly sliced crosswise for making garlic flakes
2 tablespoons oil
2 teaspoons soy sauce

Each bag contains 5 blocks of noodles

Two blocks for two servings

  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a saucepan over medium heat.  Add sliced garlic to the oil.  Fry until brown, but not burned.  Remove garlic flakes from the oil and put them in a small bowl.  Save the oil.
  2. Place water in a large pot (about 2/3 full) and bring it to boil.  Add frozen udon noodles to the boiling water.  Cook until water boils again.  Drain and rinse the noodles in cold water.  Place them in two serving bowls.  Set aside.
  3. Put the 1 1/2 cups of chicken broth into a pot and bring it to boil.
  4. Add one teaspoon of oil from the fried garlic flakes to the broth.
  5. Add the vegetable into the broth and cook for one minute.  
  6. Add mushrooms, simulated king crab and cooked shrimp to the broth.
  7. Once the soup is boiled, pour over the noodles in the bowls.   
  8. Add some chopped green onion, garlic flakes, 1 teaspoon of soy sauce to each bowl of noodles and serve.  

 Makes two servings.

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