When we think of Japanese noodles, we tend to think of ramen, but there are other Japanese noodles out there, such as soba and udon. Soba noodles are similar, but are made with buckwheat, which is gluten free. Udon noodles, on the other hand, are thick, chewy, and very satisfying.
Udon noodles are long, wheat noodles that are great served hot or cold. These noodles have a neutral flavor that serves as a great foundation for everything from miso soups to curry. In Japan, kake udon is the typical dish to eat these noodles. Udon noodles are served in a hot dashi, which is a Japanese broth made with kombu and bonito flakes topped with scallions. Sometimes the dish comes with tempura or fish cakes. Other popular ways to eat the udon noodles include yakiudon, where the noodles are stir-fried, and zaru udon, where the noodles are served cold with a soy-sauce based dipping sauce. No matter how you eat your udon noodles, you will feel comforted and nourished.
Here are 17 different udon noodle recipes to help inspire your dish.