July 29, 2009

The Udon Dilemma

It wasn't until the 11th grade that I realized "dilemma" was not spelled "dilemna". For some reason I thought that the correct spelling was too straightforward to fit the definition. Then I realized, since when has English ever made sense? Double M it is.

My dilemma today was that it was, once again, very humid. So humid that I fought the urge to take a shower upon returning from "the outdoors". Unfortunately, my stomach just didn't seem to get it. It begged me to make udon noodles pan-fried with sausage, onions, and garlic. Not exactly your average summer fare.

What's a girl living in humidity to do? I succumbed to my stomach's demands and thankfully it was merciful enough to allow a cucumber salad as accompaniment.

Ingredients:
1/3 package of turkey kielbasa sausage, sliced thin
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, sliced
1 single-serve package udon noodles (any flavor)
1 large egg (why buy any other size? unless it's extra-large..)
1 kirby cucumber, sliced very thinly
Seasonings like soy sauce, salt, pepper, rice vinegar

Preparation:
1. Stir-fry the sausage (should be sliced very thin) with the onion (chopped) in a saucepan over high heat until the ingredients are fragrant and begin to brown.
2. Add the clove of garlic (sliced thin) and the udon noodles. Gently break apart the noodles with a spatula. Season with salt, pepper, and soy sauce (if desired).
3. Break in the egg and keep stirring the mixture until it's cooked. Serve with sliced cucumber (drizzle with rice vinegar or black vinegar if you wish).

Hopefully with the addition of that cucumber, you'll be able to enjoy this hot dish with minimal discomfort even in the late July heat. It also helps to eat it next to a fan. :)

Whenever I see stir-fried udon noodles on the menu at Asian restaurants, I can't resist ordering them. But it really is VERY easy to make at home, and I like it that way because I can control all of the ingredients. Add and delete what you will from this recipe (the possibilities are too numerous to be mentioned, but off the top of my head: tomatoes, bell peppers, sliced jalapenos, mushrooms, broccoli, shrimp...). Another thought that comes to mind is topping these noodles with some cold kimchee instead of the sliced cucumber. Doesn't that sound garlicky divine?

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