Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Udon Noodles with Beech Mushrooms & Sea Beans


First, thank you to everyone who left me kind comments on the new blog layout.  I was quite lucky to have an extremely talented Lil' Sis who was willing to help the computer challenged caveman with his blog.  She made the cool header and really gave the blog a clean look.  For more of her work, please click on the icon to the right of the blog, that says Cristina Robles.

Welcome to Noodle Tuesday


 I am a huge fan of noodles.  I love them in all of their lovely incarnations.  Whether you call them noodles, pasta, fideos, or whatnot I am in.  As a person who gets bored quickly I thought I'd take Tuesdays and change the theme weekly, hence why we are on noodles.

I find making my own pasta and breads therapeutic.  I seem to get lost in the act of kneading.  It is pretty mindless, you can put yourself in autopilot and think away.  Sometimes I come up with my best ideas for new BC articles while making doughs.

Organic Type O Artisan Flour (Farina Artigiana Tipo O) is an amazing wheat flour for making pasta.  It is not cheap, but worth every penny.  When making noodles you want to have clean cuts, so it is important to have a good dough cutter or a sharp knife.  Fresh noodles cooks MUCH FASTER than dried.  Depending on the temperature of the liquid it may take but a few seconds.  So take great care not to overcook it.

I enjoy experimenting with Asian flavors and was horridly disturbed when I realized that it had been a minute since I highlighted them.  Luckily last night I rectified this gross oversight on my part.  This dish has a few key ingredients that I would like to highlight...

Organic Hoisin Sauce - Hoisin sauce is a miso based sweet & tangy Chinese sauce.  Featuring ginger, miso, soy, tamarind, and orange juice.  Usually my preferred dipping sauce, in this broth it really makes it presence felt.

Almond Butter - A fantastic alternative to peanut butter.  Be warned this is not the vile stuff sold in supermarkets.  This is a purely organic product that is not cheap.  However, the creaminess it offers this dish is imperative.

Organic Tamari Sauce - I am a big fan of tamari sauce.  I really enjoy using it over fish sauce which would be the alternative here.  This is the salty component without having to use much salt.

Beech Mushrooms - Marx Foods carries a great, vast selection of mushrooms.  Beech are perfect for this course as when cooked they have an awesome nutty flavor.  Do not overcook them though.

Sea Beans - I purchased mine at my local Whole Foods.  These are not beans at all, but thin plants that grow naturally along many coastlines.  These can be salty, so add them in carefully thought out quantities  depending on the needs of your particular dish. 

Udon Noodles with Beech Mushrooms & Sea Beans


For the Udon Noodles
 2 1/2 cups Organic wheat flour
1 tsp sea salt
2/3 cup water

Dissolve the salt in the water.

In a bowl, add the flour. Bit by bit introduce the water with the flour. Slowly incorporating with the hands. Finish adding the water. Mix thoroughly. Turn out the dough on a floured work surface and knead for 10 minutes. Wrap the dough in plastic and press to make a thin round. Set dough aside for 2 hours.


Remove plastic. On a floured work surface roll out dough to about a 1/8 inch thickness. Fold the dough in half, and then in half again, into a rectangle. Cut the dough to your desired size. Traditionally udon noodles are about 1/5 inch wide strips.

Sprinkle some flour on the cut noodles to prevent sticking.  Use noodles soon after cutting.  Remember fresh noodles cook much quicker than commercial ones.

For the broth:
8 cups good quality homemade chicken stock
1 tsp fresh grated ginger
5 oz hoisin sauce
2 tbs almond butter
Tamari sauce to taste
9 oz udon noodles
3.5 oz fresh beech mushrooms
1 cup sea beans

In a stockpot, bring the chicken stock to a simmer. Add the ginger, hoisin, and almond butter. Simmer for 20 minutes. Add the sea beans and tamari to taste. Simmer for 5 minutes. Check for salt level. Add the beech mushrooms and noodles. Simmer for about 2 minutes. Times may vary. Check the noodles for doneness.

To plate:
Grab your favorite bowl. Add the noodles. Be generous with the flavorful broth you so affectionately made. Garnish with the beech mushrooms and the sea beans.


That’s it for now…till we exchange a few words again…Peace!

36 comments:

  1. Really good looking layout! Noodles with mushrooms and sea beans is a very tempting dish. I need lots of pasta after workouts and this is tastily handy :)

    Cheers,

    Gera

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  2. Nice layout....and I too enjoy the flavour of beech mushrooms.

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  3. I enjoy udon noodles and beech mushrooms go so well with Asian flavors but making my own noodles is so intimidating...

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  4. Hmm those Udon are exquisite!! I love eggless noodles too and their little chewy texture.I am sure the almond adds a smooth flavor to the broth and the fact that the noodles are not completely soaking in it. A beautiful Asian inspired dish!

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  5. Starred for future use! I've totally been craving udon lately. Thanks!

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  6. What?! I saw the photo on Fb but didn't know you made it from scratch! Oh Laz, you rock. You can't find a whole wheat udon noodles anywhere else except here on this blog. Seriously, I've never seen whole wheat udon noodles on a market. I guess we'd better make our own.

    Great use of hoisin sauce, and oh geeze it's organic! I swear I don't see in a regular Asian market. I'm impressed Laz! The sea beans are interesting.

    Btw, we're having noodle talk on the same day. I'm posting about ramen noodles but I don't dare to make it my own :=)

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  7. Lucky you Lazaro, what a great sister you have. But then, she is very lucky too, you are a great cook.
    Awesome work, well done ♥

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  8. I like this new layout, simple and nice. This is a simple noodle and sound healthy.

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  9. I'm dying to make my own pasta. My wish list includes the pasta attachment for my stand mixer. Christmas seems so far away though...

    Asian noodles are probably one of my most favorite things to eat... how sad that I satisfied that craving the other night with- are you ready- Ramen!!! That's pure laziness, my friend, I know. :)

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  10. I've never made my own noodles before, this looks great!

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  11. Noodle Tuesday...I like the sound of that! I love that you made your own pasta and am totally going to have to check out that artisanal dough! This whole dish looks fantastic, as does the new blog layout!

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  12. Noodle Tuesday! How fun. Well I don't think i discovered your blog until the "new" layout. but i think it looks great. clean and simple it best in my opinion!

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  13. This sounds so so good! I like using organic tamari sauce too. I don't know if I've ever seen
    Organic Type O Artisan Flour, I'll have to look for it. I do like how your posts are so informative, thanks for sharing!

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  14. One of my favorites is beech mushrooms, and all the rest- great dish you have made, wish I had some!

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  15. This looks so good! I'm very interested in trying sea beans. :)

    Oh, and I've been absent from the internet so I just noticed the layout, but I love it!

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  16. I love that you put so much thought into your dishes and that you use top quality products. By the growling of my stomach, I guess it's agreeing with me that this dish looks absolutely delicious. Thank you for preparing my appetite for lunch ;-).

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  17. this is impressive! great recipe. thanks for the lo-down on all the ingredients--you know I appreciate that!

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  18. Noodle Tuesday--great idea! I could really go for a bowl of noodles like that right about now. I recently had to buy sea beans for the culinary school that I work at and had the hardest time finding them! Ever since then I've been so interested in trying them out.

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  19. Your site just keeps looking better every time I check it out! The noodle dish looks wonderful, I'm a big fan of these types of dishes as well as organic ingredients, it's worth the trouble and expense to find the ingredients you've listed because the results will be worth it, thanks Lazaro:-)

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  20. This looks wonderful Lazaro! Nice photo too!
    I am hosting a giveaway I think you would be interested in entering! Check out the details on my blog.
    Have a wonderful week!
    Cheers~

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  21. LOVE the noodles and love, love, LOVE the new layout! So clean and fresh and bright. Perfect. :-)

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  22. I never thought to make my own udon noodles, what a great idea! This dish looks comforting and delicious!

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  23. Yum, yum, yum! I heart noodles, and I've never heard of beech mushrooms! I would love to eat this right now!

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  24. I have never tried making my own noodles. You make it sound so easy. Interesting flavors in the broth.

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  25. Your home made udon noodles look perfect! I am embarassed to say I have never made my own noodles to date, though I do make my own bread and absolutely love it! It is wonderfully therapeutic!

    I love the familiar flavours in the broth and am besotted with beech mushrooms. The sea beans are intriguing and something I have never seen let alone tasted. Reading your blog is definitely an educational experience.

    Btw, I had no idea you were going to post noodles, but guess what I cooked yesterday? Udon noodles in a spiced, rich beef gravy! Close enough for me ;)

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  26. OMG, it is only passed breakfast time and I am again hungry by seeing this gorgeous noodles recipe! The broth sounds so tasty and I am very impressed by the freshly made noodles.

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  27. Love the new look!
    I always buy my pack of noodles but never tried one in home but now I will try my luck!
    Udon Noodles recipe look so smooth and yummylicious!

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  28. Looks yummy. I love Udon noodles.

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma, What's For Dinner
    www.mawhats4dinner.com

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  29. Wow, the site looks amazing!! Very clean and professional. Bravo on making the udon noodles - I've made noodles, but never this type. You have inspired me!

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  30. I never had Sea Beans before. This sounds delish Lazaro!

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  31. No way! I just made udon noodles! (Post to be up shortly) Great recipe! I love your breakdown of the ingredients, and, of course, I am quite partial to noodles :)

    Nice job on the layout, Cristina!

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  32. Lazaro
    I love what you have done with your site....it looks great! what a perfect noodle dish, and I do admire your commitment to using organic sustainable products. I am trying to incorporate as much as I can.
    great post!
    Dennis

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  33. Udon noodles are my fav, love this recipe. Almond butter be still my heart, pricey but worht it!!
    Oh Shout out to cristina...my girls LOVE Sid the Science Kid!!

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  34. Dude, you made your own udon!??? PROPS!
    And thanks for explaining the tamari sauce, beech mushrooms, and sea beans. Because I think those would have been 747s over my head.
    Great recipe as usual :)

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  35. Such a beautiful dish, love the mushrooms...well really I love it all:)

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