As most of you know, I love Asian food. In fact, one of my bucket list goals is to travel to Japan, Thailand, and other Asian destinations just to eat! One of my favorite dishes is Yaki Udon Noodles, a simple Japanese noodle dish. Also, yaki udon noodles cook in under 20 minutes. And, I’m all about dinner in under 20 minutes.
Of course, my oil-free Yaki udon noodles are healthy and stir-fried instead of pan-fried in oil.
WHAT ARE UDON NOODLES? AND HOW DO I PREPARE THEM?
Udon noodles are sold by a variety of grocery stores, but I personally lobe KA-ME Udon Stir Fry Noodles. Even though these noodles are pre-made, they only contain a few ingredients and no-oil.
- Tapioca Starch
- Non-Dairy Lactic Acid (vegetable source)
HOW TO PREPARE UDON STIR-FRY NOODLES WITHOUT OIL
Despite the package directions instructing to use oil, I skip the oil and prepare them a little differently. The options for cooking the noodles is 90 seconds in the microwave or 2 minutes stir-fried. Instead, I microwave for 45 seconds to loosen and then rinse lightly in water to separate the noodles before stir-frying at the end.
As a result, the noodles remain firm and don’t break, which happened the first time I attempted both sets of directions.
Once rinse, I drain any excess water and then transfer the noodles to cook for 2 minutes with my other ingredients. The results are amazing. Regardless of the sauce chosen with udon noodles, I strongly recommend these noodles.
For those who are interested in the caloric and other nutritional values:
WHAT INGREDIENTS GO BEST YAKI UDON NOODLES RECIPE?
Traditionally, Yaki udon noodles are served with ground beef or pork. Obviously that isn’t vegan, so you have a choice of proteins to choose from (all vegan of course) or skip the protein altogether.
- Bocca Crumbles (or another plant-based vegan meat crumble)
- Brown Lentils (I like Trader Joe’s steamed lentils)
Then, the vegetables you choose is completely up to you. I chose to make it simple and added:
- Fresh Thai basil
But I also suggest if you plan to build a veggie bowl with the udon noodles, these vegetables go wonderfully:
- Bok choy
- Red bell pepper
- Sesame Seeds
THE SAUCE IS WHAT BRINGS YAKI UDON NOODLES TOGETHER!
As usual, I’m all about the sauce! My vegan version of Yaki udon noodle sauce is simple, yet fabulous!
WHAT’S IN THE SAUCE?
- Apple cider vinegar
- Soy sauce (or Tamari)
- Maple syrup
- Vegan Worcestershire sauce ( I use Annie’s)
- Rice vinegar
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MIRIN AND RICE VINEGAR?
Mirin, although very similar to rice vinegar, is sweet, which enhances the umami flavor. Even though Miran contains sugar, you only need a tiny bit, so it’s harmless.
LOOKING FOR A GLUTEN-FREE VERSION OF THIS RECIPE?
Since udon noodles are made with wheat flour, therefore, it is not gluten-free. But, you can use the same ingredients yet switch out the noodles for rice noodles instead.
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