The Crazy Kitchen: Japanese Beef Udon Soup

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Monday, 5 October 2015

Japanese Beef Udon Soup

I don't get too experimental with meals very often, and unless I have any specific challenges to complete for this blog, I often rotate the same, or similar, meals on a weekly basis.

I was quite excited at the prospect of trying out some Japanese cooking when I received a parcel of ingredients from Japan Centre, as other than Miso soup and Udon noodles (which I used when I made healthy pot noodles), I've not eaten Japanese food, as far as I can remember. 

In the package I received the following :

After a spot of research, I decided that an Udon soup was the way to go, beefed up with slices of fillet steak spiced with Shichimi, a Japanese spice made from a blend of seven ingredients.

After making this amazing dish in under 15 minutes, I'm wondering why I don't make dishes like this more often, as it's the ultimate healthy fast food, and perfect for a lunch on a busy day.

Japanese Beef Udon Soup

Japanese Beef Udon Soup - serves 2

1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp Sake
1/2 tsp Shichimi 

170g fillet steak
tbsp sesame oil
600ml water
1 dashi bag
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp Sake
75g button chestnut mushrooms, sliced
175g dried Udon noodles
bunch of spring onions, sliced
  • make the marinade by mixing the soy sauce, sake & Shichimi together in a bowl
  • add the fillet steak and toss to coat in the marinade
  • refrigerate for a few hours or overnight
  • heat the sesame oil in a frying pan over a high heat
  • add the steak and fry for a couple minutes on each side
  • set aside to rest whilst preparing the udon soup
  • bring the water to the boil in a saucepan
  • add the dashi bag and simmer for 2-3 minutes
  • remove the dashi bag from the pan
  • add the soy sauce, sake, mushrooms, noodles and 3/4 of the spring onions
  • simmer for 3-4 minutes until the noodles are cooked through
  • slice the steak
  • divide the soup into two portions and top with the steak and remaining spring onions

japanese ingredients
left to right : dashi bags, matcha tea, sake, arare, tea selection, shichimi pepper, sansho pepper

Japanese Beef Udon Soup

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