I’ve been on a total udon kick lately…and having them on sale at the large asian supermarket isn’t stalling any cravings. Recently, I’ve made a Japanese-style udon soup with salmon, vegetarian stir-fries and the other night I decided it was time for something virtuous and restorative. I had a fridge full of vegetables, half a block of tofu and more udon than you can shake a stick at. Udon soup it was gonna be. This soup was super simple to whip up and was ready in no time at all. I’m also posting this soup recipe as part of Soup’s On – Alanna’s (of A Veggie Venture fame) February soup challenge.
Warning: This soup also has special powers. I ate a large bowlful on Monday evening just before I was to head out to my Monday night bowling league. I felt tired and drowsy and the rain was coming down. It was not a night for putting on rain gear, hopping on a bike and bowling…at least not in the state of mind I was in. But this soup really kicked my ass into high gear. It somehow gave me the energy to put on my rain gear, ride like the wind and get to the local bowling lane on time….and it gave me the ultimate bowling power to bowl over my average for all 3 games. Yes, this soup has the power to restore and kick ass. Use wisely.
curry and miso udon soup
4 c water (plus extra to cook the noodles)
1 cube of vegan vegetarian broth
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 onion, diced
2 inch piece of ginger, grated
1 heaping t of curry paste (or powder)
2 heaping T of miso paste
a couple drops of toasted sesame oil
1/2 t soy sauce
1 large carrot, cut into matchsticks
1/2 red pepper, cut into matchsticks
1 small head of broccoli, cut into florets
1/2 block of tofu, diced
1 t sriracha (if you dare)
2 packets of fresh udon noodles
1. In a large pot, bring the water to a boil. Add in the onion, garlic and ginger. Whisk in the miso paste, curry, sesame oil and soy sauce. Add in the carrots, pepper and broccoli. Cover and reduce heat for 5 minutes.
2. While soup is cooking, boil water and add in the udon noodles. Boil for two minutes and drain. Add noodles and tofu to the soup. Add in the sriracha if you like it hot. Ladle into bowls and feel better about your day.