Udon noodles originate from Japan and are noodles made from wheat flour. They are most prized for their thickness & chewy texture and are most commonly used in Japanese stir-fried dishes and noodle broths.
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How to Use It
Udon noodles can be used in many ways and can be eaten both hot and cold. They are the most popular stir-fried (yaki udon) with vegetables and some meat but can also be eaten in a broth noodle soup as well.
In the summertime, they can be made as a cold zaru udon (which is similar to Zaru Soba) and eaten cold with a side of dipping sauce for a refreshing light meal.
One of the best things about these noodles is their versatility. If you are using the frozen or the packaged udon they are already pre-cooked so they can be made into very quick and easy meals and are great to use with leftovers.
Where Can I Buy Udon Noodles?
These noodles are most commonly found at an Asian grocery store.
If you cannot find fresh, or frozen ones locally, you can also buy dried udon online as well, although it will not have the same thick and chewy texture.
For the chewiest udon, buy the frozen ones - they have a better texture than the vacuum-packed "fresh" udon.
How to Store It
If you buy frozen udon, store them in the freezer. The vacuum-packed packaged udon can be kept at room temperature on the counter but you can also keep them in the fridge as well. Store dried udon in a cool dry area, in an air-tight ziploc bag.
Recipes That Use Udon Noodles
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