This version of yaki (stir-fried noodles) features chewy noodles, well browned ground pork, crunchy cabbage, and an umami-rich punch with soy sauce. mirin, a sweet Japanese rice wine. (You might recognize the combination from teriyaki recipes.) It also includes green onions and sesame oils for a fresh, crunchy flavor. You can make this vegetarian by omitting the meat and adding 8 ounces of vegetable oil. Instead, use crimini or shiitake mushrooms.
If you don’t have mirin in your pantry already, it’s easily found in many larger grocery stores, East Asian markets, and online. Some brands may be labeled “aji-mirin.” This common product is an imitation of true mirin (the name translates to “tastes like mirin”). This recipe will work with any brand you choose. hon-mirin (a.k.a. It makes the dish even more special than true mirin, which can be quite expensive.
This is a quick, weeknight-ready udon noodles recipe. Make sure to prep your ingredients before you begin cooking. Check out the step-by-step instructions here.
A plate of greens can be served with a side dish of vegetables. bok choyOr yu choyPairs well. Check out these boxy udon recipe ideas. buttery tomato and soy brothOr toss with kimchi, gochujang, and butter.
Editor’s note:This recipe was originally published March 2017.