Recipe: Kitsu Udon | Fox Noodles | Japanese

Traditionally this recipe is made with dashi stock, but for a vegetarian version, replace it with a stock made with a handful of dry mushrooms, some dried seaweed and some miso. It works so well. I LOVE THIS DISH.

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Kitsu Udon (Fox Noodles)

According to Japanese folklore, the wily fox can’t resist deep fried tofu! Japan has educated foxes, I see.

approx. 375 g Udon noodles 2 sheets deep fried tofu (Aburage). If you can’t find this beautiful Japanese tofu, use Chinese deep fried tofu squares. 5 – 7 cups of the noodle broth
2 green onions, washed and trimmed Japanese seven spice pepper
Simmering ingredients for deep fried tofu 1 cup vegetarian dashi (stock) 2 Tblspn light soy sauce
1 Tblspn mirin 2 Tblspn sugar

Cook the noodles and set aside, reserving the stock.

Put the deep fried tofu in a bowl and pour boiling water over it to rinse off the oil. Drain, pat dry and cut each sheet in half crossways to make 2 squares. Put it in a saucepan with the simmering ingredients and simmer for 10 minutes until the tofu is well flavoured and most of the liquid adsorbed.

To assemble and serve: Warm 4 deep bowls. Put the noodles in a strainer and immerse in boiling water for a few minutes to reheat. Put the hot noodles into the bowls, add a square of deep fried tofu to each bowl and ladle over the hot broth. Put a mound of chopped green onion on the side of each bowl, sprinkle lightly with seven spice pepper and serve. Pass the seven spice pepper for people who like more.