1. In a large cooking pot, heat 2 tbsp sesame oil and cook garlic, ginger and sesame until fragrant. Add pork and stir-fry until the meat is no longer pink.
2. Pour the water (1L), and add all the seasoning ingredients, soy milk (1L). Bring it to almost boil and set aside.
3. Boil the udon noodles according to the package directions, drain them very well and transfer into a milky bouillon which you have made (step 2). Bring it to a boil and simmer for a few minutes. Divide the udon and soup into serving bowls.
NOTE : When I don't have mirin in stock at home, I use "apple syrup". Dilute it five times with water.
1.Making the beef topping
In a cooking pot, add all the seasoning ingredients for the beef, and start to cook over medium-high heat. Just before it boils, add the beef. Cook the beef, stirring occasionally. Once it has boiled, turn the heat to low and simmer for 5 min. Set aside.
2.Making the udon soup
In a big cooking pot, add 2L water and katsuo dashi pack (optional, if manage to get some). Turn the heat to high. Just before it boils, add all the soup ingredients (soy sauce, mirin, sugar, salt and dashi powder) and bring it to a boil. Remove the dashi pack powder from the soup. Set aside.
3. In another large pot, bring water to a boil over high heat. Add the udon and cook until just softish (or the hardness you like of course). Drain and split the udon noodles in each large serving bowl. Pour the hot udon soup form #2 over the noodles.
4. Top with the cooked beef and sprinkle some of sliced scallions over the beef. Serve immediately!
In Europe it is a bit difficult to find thinly sliced beef. So I usually purchase a whole cut of beef, then I freeze it and slice it myself. These days I love to use "Basse Cote à Braiser" for this dish.
1. Mix dry ingredients (plain flour, gluten flour, katakuriko/potato starch) in a bowl. Transfer to the "Philips Pasta Maker" equipped with the udon extrusion disc. Close lid.
2. Turn the machine on and set it for the quantity you're going to be making. Press Start.
3. Slowly pour water through the opening in the lid.
4. Udon dough will begin to form and udon noodle will come out within a few minutes (3 min). Cut the first udon noodles at about 10cm length and put them back in the machine's mixing tank. That's because the first soba is not smooth enough :-)
5. The noodles will be extruded. Now cut the udon every 30~35cm.
6. Toss the udon noodles with a little bit of flour or katakuriko/potato starch to prevent sticking.
7. Repeat until the machine stops or the dough is finished!
1. Making the kakiage In a large bowl, add leeks and shrimps. Mix. Then add katakuriko/potato starch and flour. Coat vegetables well with flour.
2. For tempura batter, add beaten egg in a medium bowl, then add ice water (2 tbsp) and vinegar (1tsp). Mix them. Pour the batter on the vegetables from #1 and mix lightly.
3. Prepare a large plate lined with paper towels (it will help absorb excess oil).
4. Add oil to a large saucepan to reach a depth of 5 cm. Heat up to 165~170°C at medium-high heat. Gently place a few battered vegetables in. While the batter fries, use your chopsticks to maintain the veggies shape until it has hardenned (other wise they might spread away from each other). Fry kakiage until they are golden brown. Drain excess oil on the paper towel plate. Set aside.
5. Prepare the udon soup In a big cooking pot add 2L water, add soy sauce, mirin, sugar, salt and dashi powder. Bring it to a boil. That's your soup.
6. Bring another large pot of water to boil for udon cooking. Once the soup and the kakiage are ready, cook udon noodles in the water. For the time to boil udon, follow the package instructions. Heat up the noodle soup at the same time.
7. Serve udon and soup in bowls and top with kakiage!