Every-now-and-then I think it’s worth putting a little extra work into dinner.
In “Space Brothers”, they get to a point where they start making some udon noodles. Mutta-kun says it’s easy, but just takes some time. Sounds like a plan!
So, off to the Japanese shop to get some stock ingredients (kombu etc.). In the end I just got a bottle of pre-prepared stock (it was cheaper), and some Japanese grape soda. The grape soda is irrelevant. It’s just delicious. If you get the opportunity to try some, definitely do so. (Calpis/Calpico too!).
Made the noodles according to various recipes online. (I used a mixture of 00 and plain flower). The dough was a lot more satisfying to knead than bread dough. Wrapping the dough in plastic, and then in towels to then stand on it just ended with the plastic tearing and the dough touching the towels. As I didn’t have proper zip-lock bags, I just muscled it to the right consistency.
Toasted sesame, mirin, soya-sauce, pak-choi, mushroom, carrot, spring onions, boiled egg and home made noodles: makes a delicious dinner.
Even better was the “sashimi” made from the excess noodle dough the next day.
I bought nori, but forgot to add it. Oh well. I guess that’s for next time eh! 🙂
Definitely worth the effort, and really not as hard as you might imagine. Biggest issue was slicing the noodles, as I didn’t really have any sharp/fancy knives. I bet you’d have an easier time of it! Highly recommended. Give it a go!