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Udon Soup With A Spicy Spin

Japanese cuisine meets Mexican meets South Asian in this Udon Soup With A Spicy Spin! I used a bit of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce and what’s knowns as the holy trinity of South Asian cuisine to add a ton of flavor to the broth in which the udon noodles were simmered in ~ you can check out the recipe below.

Udon Soup With Chipotle Peppers

When my daughter was around 5, I started a birthday tradition that involved a birthday experience over a birthday gift for some of her birthdays. Now, you might be thinking what parent in their right mind would come up with this and what kid in their right mind would go along with it…well… y’all… I never said anything about being in a right state of mind, now, did i? 🙂

Getting back to those early birthday experiences, they usually involved a day trip to Ruby Falls or The Lost Sea. But as my daughter got older, I started taking her to Disney World, or Comic Con. This year, seeing she was turning 19 and a college freshmen, she requested we do nothing for her birthday. Being her mom, I had no intention of honoring her wish. So, as I had a set of free tickets that were expiring, I went ahead and booked us a short trip to one of her favorite places – The Big Apple.

We ended up landing in NYC on an evening when a blanket of snow decided to cover the city. The next morning, that blanket of snow made for a lovely, quiet walk through Central Park. While we seemed to be pulled in a million different directions while we were there (and we have the miles logged to prove it), we managed to squeeze in: a walk through the Highline and across the Brooklyn Bridge to Dumbo, my daughter’s first comedy club experience, and her first ever foodie experience at a Sri Lankan restaurant called Kottu House.

New York

While most times I’d rather go out west than up north, I understand my daughter’s love for this city. Even though some streets smell like trash and others like a bathroom that hasn’t been flushed in days, there are those intoxicatingly delicious aromas from street vendors and honey nut roasting kiosks. And, even though most drivers will honk your ears off in a heartbeat, there are those sweet souls at so many food venues we frequented who would stop to chat even though they were up to their ears with other customers or deliveries. While New York always makes me glad to come home, it also has me looking forward to the miles I log and the foodie experiences only it can provide on my next short trip there!

JSL Foods Udon Noodles

When we got back from our short trip, my daughter ended up with a nasty cold! So, I decided to make use of the packages of Udon Noodles that were sent to me by JSL Foods to whip up a clear-broth soup for her. But, a quick search through Pinterest let me know that I didn’t have many of the ingredients that most Udon Soups had. So, I decided to put my own spin on it and used onions, garlic, ginger and turmeric with a chipotle pepper and some adobe sauce and a bit of honey for the broth. Now, you can taylor the amount of honey vs chipotle pepper in adobe sauce you use – but, I wouldn’t say these are optional, as, with the garlic, ginger and onions, this adds so much flavor to the broth! I threw in some celery, carrots and baby bok choy and this turned into a deliciously comforting meal topped with crunchy mushrooms and green onions which would be easy to whip up during or after the busy holiday season. 

Speaking of the holidays, I hope each and every one of y’all have a wonderful Christmas/Holiday Season! 

Udon Soup With A Spicy Spin

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By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by JSL Foods and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. While I was not compensated for my time, I did receive free product samples. As always, all opinions are my own.

Udon Soup With Chipotle Peppers

Udon Soup With A Spicy Spin

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Japanese cuisine meets Mexican meets South Asian in this Udon Soup With A Spicy Spin! I used a bit of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce and what’s knowns as the holy trinity of South Asian cuisine to add a ton of flavor to the broth in which the udon noodles were simmered in.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp freshly grated ginger
  • 1 carrot - diced
  • 1 celery - diced
  • 3 baby bok choy sliced
  • 5 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 chipotle pepper (comes in a can that says Chipotle Peppers in Adobe Sauce)
  • 3 tbsp adobe sauce (from same can)
  • 1 tbsp honey (or more as necessary)
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 cup mushrooms
  • green onions
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 packages JSL Foods Udon Noodles

Instructions

  1. Add olive oil to a pan and add onions, ginger and garlic to it and saute for about 5 minutes or till onions are translucent.
  2. While onions and ginger are sauteing, add mushrooms to another pan with olive oil and saute till crispy to add as a topping to the udon soup.
  3. Then add in the broth, the chipotle pepper, the adobe sauce, turmeric and stir well.
  4. Then add in the carrots and let cook about 4 minutes.
  5. Then add in the celery and baby bok choy and let cook 2-3 minutes. 
  6. Then add in the Udon Noodles and let cook about 3 minutes.
  7. Serve with green onions and crispy mushrooms.
Nutrition Information
Yield 6
Amount Per Serving Calories 305Sodium 523mgCarbohydrates 60gFiber 5gSugar 13gProtein 12g

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David @ Spiced

Tuesday 2nd of January 2018

Wait. You'd rather go west than up north!? That means you won't be coming to visit us?? Shashi! and Lil Shashi! *sigh* haha! Looks like you gals had an amazing trip to the city, and I love that you crossed the Brooklyn Bridge into Dumbo. I bet it was cold, but I bet the views were unforgettable! Glad you had fun! Speaking of fun, this soup. We're a little OD'd on holiday desserts here right now, and soup season has arrived. I might need to schedule this one on the menu...as soon as we eat the gigantic batch of bean soup we made yesterday! Thanks for the inspiration, and Happy New Year, Shashi!!

Adina

Thursday 28th of December 2017

It is a wonderful birthday tradition you have and a trip to New York really is something special! And what a delicious soup, I love udon noodles but they are so hard to find here we I live, I always buy them when I am somewhere in a larger city and I happen to find an Asian shop. I will keep this in mind for the next time I get some noodles.

puja

Friday 22nd of December 2017

Great recipe for this season. Wishing you a joyous Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.

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Friday 22nd of December 2017

I love the spicy spin, esp. in those cold wintry days!