Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Something Quick & Hot - Nabeyaki Udon -

Nabeyaki udon (all-you-have-to-do-is-heat-it-up-type package)

Maybe it wasn’t a smart thing to do, but I had a double cheeseburger before work tonight. When I got out of work, I felt hungry again, but didn’t want to eat anything greasy. So my choice for the very late supper was something quick & hot, and easy on my stomach. It’s called nabeyaki-udon.

Nabeyaki means “heated in a pot (I guess).” Generally udon is served in a bowl, but when in Nabeyaki style, usually one serving of udon is heated in a small clay pot and served as it is in the pot. This way you can eat udon noodles hot, still boiling in the pot when served. It’s something really nice to have on a cold winter night.

What I got today is --- busy mom’s helper and lazy obachan’s best friend --- an instant Nabeyaki-udon package. Instead of a clay pot, you can use this aluminum container to heat the udon. Everything you need is packed inside: udon noodles, a slice of kamaboko (steamed fish paste), negi, agetama (deep-fried crispy batter flakes) and aburage (deep-fried tofu ). There’s a plastic bag full of soup underneath the noodles. All you have to do is just take everything out of the plastic bag, put in the aluminum container, and heat on the stovetop. E a s y :)
The aburage is seasoned sweet, and it tastes very good with the soy-sauce based udon soup. Usually I add more vegetables, but tonight I got really lazy.

A bowl of udon with aburage is called kitsune(fox) udon, maybe because the light brown aburage resembles a fox. If an egg is added, it is called tsukimi (moon-viewing) udon, obviously because the eggyolk looks like a full-moon. So in my nabeyaki-udon tonight, a fox was enjoying the view of the full-moon. Pretty poetic, isn’t it?



ting-aling said...

Hi Obachan: Your templates are getting fancier and fancier each time. I couldn't catch up anymore.

I love your udon noodles. I had some myself last weekend.

How are you? I am doing fine. 'still got to fix my eyes. I am seeing an Opthalmologist 2 months from now. Yes, two months. That's how long it takes to go see a specialist..or even longer.

obachan said...

Hi ting-aling,
I’m doing just fine, thanks. This time I wanted a little warmer color in the background here.
Two months is a long time! I hope your eyes get better soon. Take care!!

Dennis Mai said...

Mmmm, I like Udon. One of my favorite noodles.

obachan said...

Yeah, I like udon, too. Have you tried udon in Sukiyaki? It’s wonderful.

Evil Jonny said...

Thanks for the poetic explanations, Oba-cha. I never knew that!

undiscovered gryl said...

I love udon with thinly sliced beef.. the soupy type.. but i prefer my fried udon anytime..!!

obachan said...

Hi MrsTweety,

Yes!! That niku-udon is my favorite, too. Fried udon is also very good. I love the sauce flavor with udon.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much, I bought two of these for dinner tonight because they looked yummy, but in my tiredness I didn't notice that there were no directions at all on the container, much less anything in english! I've been looking online for 20 minutes trying to figure out how to cook this darned thing and I'm STARVING! You're a life saver.