Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Udong Noodles in Beef Broth with Stir Fry Spicy Mini Sausages, Jalapeño and Savoy Cabbage

     A Korean Noodle Shop Style Entrée With Spicy Little Sausages!
     Udon are thick thick wheat flour noodles.  Udon originated in China sometime in the ninth century.  A Buddhist Priest studying in China passed the recipe on to a fellow priest that later introduced Udon Noodles to Japan.  Udon Noodles are called a few names in China.  One of the Chinese common names is Wudong.  In Korea, Wudong noodles are called Udong.
     A traditional noodle cooking method is used in China, Japan and Korea.  The noodles are boiled and then shocked in ice cold water to produce a chewy firm texture.  Koreans seem to prefer their noodles to be a little bit more firm in texture than the other two countries.  Overcooked soft noodles will not please many noodle fans!

     I purchased the Udong Noodles and Spicy Mini Sausages at a Korean food market in Korea Town, Las Vegas.  I also created a few Japanese style Udon recipes with these same noodles.  Because spicy mini sausages are popular in Korea, I opted for the Korean word Udong for the title of today's recipe.  
     Beef broths are popular in noodle house cuisine.  No red chile paste or red chile sauce was used in today's recipe.  Just half of a mild green jalapeño chile pepper was added to the stir fry garnish.  As far as spicy Korean food goes, today's recipe has a tame flavor.

     Noodle shops are very popular in Asia and here in Las Vegas.  Even though tradition is the main rule for much of a noodle shop's cuisine, many noodle chefs break away from tradition to create new and exciting trendy noodle recipes.  Modern noodle bowl creations are usually given hip exciting sounding names.  Las Vegas has that Sin City reputation, so the noodle houses in this city go overboard with names that have fun shock value!  
     As a home cook, feel free to give this noodle creation whatever crazy fun name that comes to mind.  Pretend you are operating your own street food style noodle house!  Noodle house cuisine is all about flavor and fun!

     Udong Noodles in Beef Broth with Stir Fry Spicy Mini Sausages, Jalapeño and Savoy Cabbage:
     This recipe yields 1 serving.
     Spicy mini sausages flavored with Asian spices can be found in Korean food markets.  Spicy American "Little Smokey" sausages can be substituted.
     Fresh Udong (Udon) Noodles can be found in Asian markets.  Making Udon Noodles from scratch is always an option, but often pre-made noodles are more cost effective, especially if they are on sale!
     Composed noodle bowl presentations are stylish.  A composed presentation means arranging the ingredients to create maximum eye appeal.
     Step 1:  Boil a pot of water over high heat.
     Add 1 portion of fresh Udong Noodles.
     Cook the noodles just long enough so they are fully cooked, but not too soft.
     Step 2:  Remove the cooked Udong Noodles from the hot water and immediately place them in a container with ice water to shock the noodles.
     Gently swirl the noodles in the ice water, so they cool quickly and so they gain a firm texture.
     Remove the noodles from the ice water and set them aside.
     Step 3:  Heat 2 cups of rich dark beef broth in a small sauce pot over high heat.
     When the broth starts to boil, reduce the temperature to very low heat and let it simmer.  
     Step 4:  Heat a sauté pan or mini wok over medium/medium high heat.
     Add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil.
     Add 10 to 12 spicy mini sausages.
     Sauté till the mini sausages just start to get a few light brown highlights.
     Step 5:  Add 1/6 cup of thin julienne sliced onion.
     Add 1/2 of a thin sliced green jalapeño pepper.
     Add 1/2 cup of thin sliced savoy cabbage.
     Add 2 cloves of minced garlic.
     Sauté and stir fry, till the vegetables start to become tender.
     Step 6:  Add 1/2 teaspoon of sesame oil.
     Add 1/2 tablespoon of thin soy sauce.
     Add 1/2 teaspoon of sugar.
     Add sea salt and white pepper.
     Briefly toss the ingredients together.
     Remove the pan from the heat.
     Step 7:  Place the reserved Udong Noodles in a wide noodle bowl.
     Pour the hot beef broth over the noodles to reheat them.
     Arrange the spicy mini sausages on top of the noodles, so they look nice.
     Place the stir fry cabbage, onions and jalapeño on the center of the noodles and arrange them so they look nice.
     Place cilantro leaves around the noodles as a garnish.
     Serve with some Sriracha Sauce on the side.

     Magnifique!  A bowl of trendy modern Korean noodle house food! 

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