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!
1. In the mixing bowl of your KitchenAid, add flour, gluten powder and potato starch. Mix well with a hand whisk. Then fit KitchenAid with the dough hook.
2. In a small cup, add salt and water. Mix well until dissolved.
3. Slowly drizzle in water mix, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed while you mix at the lowest speed. Continue until the dough comes together into a shaggy dough.
4. Transfer the dough out to the work surface and knead by hand. Shape it into a rough ball. Cover with plastic wrap and let it sit for about 1 hour.
5. Divide into 3 equal pieces on the work surface. Cover with plastic wrap. It is OK if the dough is not smooth at this stage.
6. Fit the Pasta Roller onto the KitchenAid mixer. Set it to position 1 (thickest). Flatten by hand one dough piece into a rough rectangle about 1.5 cm thick. Process at speed 1 and slowly feed the piece of dough through the Roller. Feed it through again at the same (thickest) setting 1 several times until the dough is silky and smooth. You may fold it in half before running it through. It usually takes me about 10 times and sometimes more. In the beginning the dough will be ragged. As you repeat, after more runs, it will get silky and smooth alright.
7. Once the dough is smooth, turn the dial to the next thickness setting 2 and run the dough through once or twice.
8. Repeat #6 and #7 with the rest of dough balls.
9. Attach the Spaghetti Cutter and run the dough through to cut it. Dust generously the noodles to coat them with potato starch and gently shape into serving sized bundles. Place on the prepared plate. Repeat with the remaining dough pieces.
NOTE: you can also cut by hand. Check out the video below!
10. Get a large pot of water boiling. Add the noodles to boil there for 10min. Now you can stir them gently but only at the very beginning. It is better not to touch the udon after that, or they might become very fragile and break down into short bits. Strain and rinse the udon noodles with running water to remove the gooey texture from the surface. Immerse the washed udon back in boiling water to warm them up. Pull them out again of the water, serve in a bowl before pouring the hot soup.
You can enjoy the cold udon, directly after the cold water rinsing with tsuyu!
1. In a cooking pot, heat vegetable oil until hot. Cook garlic and ginger until fragrant, then add the pork (or beef) and fry for a few minutes.
(Optional) Remove from the heat and roast with your cooking torch if you like roasted taste :)
2. Add carrot and onion and fry for a few more minutes.
3. Add the water (1.7L) and stir to combine. Cook over high heat and bring it to a boil. Once boiled, then simmer for about 10 minutes, adding the seasoning (hondashi powder, mirin, sugar and curry roux). Dissolve the roux completely. Make sure you stir once in a while so the curry will not get burnt on the bottom. Then pour the milk (or 300ml water, if you prefer just curry udon) and bring it to a boil. A dash of salt to taste if necessary.
5. Meanwhile bring a big pot of water to a boil. Once boiling, cook the udon until cooked through. Set aside.
6. Add cooked udon into the cooking pot and cook for about 5 minutes together with the curry soup. (Or you just serve the udon in a bowl and pour milk curry over.) Top with green onion (chopped) if you like.
1. *Make the meat mixture* In a skillet, heat 1 tbsp oil and cook ginger and garlic until fragrant. Add bean sprout, leek and cook until wilted. Add the ground beef, stir-fry until the meat is no longer pink.
2. Add ingredients 'A' to season and mix well. Set aside.
3. *Make the soup* In a cooking pot, heat 1 tbsp oil and fry the garlic until fragrant. Add water and milk. Bring it to a boil. Add ingredients 'B' to season. Set aside.
4. Meanwhile, boil the udon by following the instructions of the package. Drain and divide noodles into serving bowls and pour the hot soup over udon. Top with the meat mixture from #2.
5. Top with onsen tamago / soft boiled eggs (optional) if you like.