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Creamy Mushroom Miso Udon Delight

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Surfing the internet, I noticed the hype around miso udon recipes. So, I thought, why not create something unique that not only satisfies but also adds a dash of creativity to your dining experience?

Before you dismiss miso udon as just another noodle dish, let me assure you – it’s more than that. It’s a fusion of tradition and innovation, miso udon marries the velvet creamy goodness, creating a dish that’s both familiar and surprisingly exotic. It’s like a culinary handshake between East and West. It’s a dish that hits all the right notes, so let’s make it together.

I’m using mushrooms to pair with the noodles, but you can use different sources of protein to tailor this dish to your taste preferences or dietary needs.

Miso udon ingredients

What You Need

Main ingredients

– 8 oz (about 225g) udon noodles

– 2 tablespoons butter

– 1 shallot, minced

– 2 cloves garlic, minced

– 8 oz (about 225g) crimini mushrooms, sliced

– 1/2 teaspoon paprika 

– 1 cup cream

– 2 tablespoons miso paste

– 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

– Reserved udon water (about 1 cup)

– Salt and pepper to taste

Garnishing

– Poached or soft-boiled egg, optional

– Chives, chopped

– Grated Parmesan cheese

Miso Udon

What to know about miso paste?

Miso paste is a versatile ingredient that plays a crucial part in Japanese cooking. It’s produced by fermenting soybeans with salt and koji (a type of fungus) and, at times, other ingredients like rice, barley, or other grains.

Here are a few key aspects of miso paste:

  1. Flavor Profiles:

   – Umami-Rich: Miso is celebrated for its umami, the fifth basic taste that imparts a savory and deeply satisfying flavor.

   – Varied Tastes: The taste of miso can range from mild and slightly sweet to bold and robust, depending on the ingredients used and the fermentation process.

  1. Types of Miso:

   – White Miso (Shiro Miso): Fermented for a shorter time, it has a sweeter and milder flavor, often with a lighter color.

   – Yellow Miso (Shinshu Miso): A bit heartier than white miso, with a balance of sweetness and saltiness.

   – Red Miso (Aka Miso): Fermented for a longer period, it has a stronger, more intense flavor and a darker color.

  1. Culinary Uses:

   – Soup Base: Miso soup is a classic preparation, where miso paste is dissolved in dashi (Japanese soup stock) along with ingredients like tofu, seaweed, and green onions.

   – Marinades and Glazes: Miso is a fantastic ingredient for marinating proteins, like fish or meat, and for creating flavorful glazes for roasted vegetables.

  1. Health Benefits:

   – Probiotics: Fermented foods like miso are rich in probiotics, which promote a healthy gut microbiome.

   – Nutrient-Rich: Miso is a good source of essential minerals, vitamins, and amino acids.

  1. Storage:

   – Refrigeration: Miso paste should be stored in the refrigerator to slow down the fermentation process and maintain its quality.

   – Long Shelf Life: Due to its fermentation, miso has a relatively long shelf life, making it a pantry staple.

In the context of our Creamy Miso Udon, the miso paste adds depth, umami, and a unique flavor to the dish.

Miso Udon

How to make Creamy Mushroom Miso Udon

  • Cook the udon noodles according to the package instructions. Drain and set aside, reserving about 1 cup of the udon cooking water.
  • In a large skillet or wok, melt the butter over medium heat. Add minced shallot and garlic, and sauté until fragrant and softened.
  • Add sliced crimini mushrooms to the skillet and cook until they release their moisture and become tender, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Sprinkle paprika over the mushroom mixture. Stir well to combine.
  • Pour in the cream and stir, allowing the cream to heat through. Add miso paste and grated Parmesan cheese, stirring until the cheese is melted and the miso is fully incorporated.
  • Gradually add the reserved udon water, a little at a time, until you achieve your desired sauce consistency. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add the cooked udon noodles to the creamy mushroom miso sauce, tossing gently to coat the noodles evenly.
  • Serve the creamy mushroom miso udon hot, garnished with optional poached or soft-boiled egg, chopped chives, and a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese.
saute garlic & shallot in butter
Add mushroom
Add paprika
Add cream
Add miso paste
Add parmesan
Add noodles

What protein to pair with miso udon?

You can pair a variety of proteins to suit your taste and dietary preferences. Here are a few options:

  1. Chicken: Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces and cook until golden brown before tossing it with the noodles.
  2. Tofu: For a plant-based option, consider pan-seared or baked tofu cubes.
  3. Shrimp: marinate the shrimp with soy sauce to add more flavor. Make sure to cook the shrimp first before tossing it with the noodles at the last step.
  4. Salmon: Grilled or pan-seared salmon fillets can elevate the dish with their flaky texture and robust flavor.
  5. Bacon: Crispy bacon pieces can add a delightful crunch and a burst of smokiness to your creamy mushroom miso udon. Consider cooking bacon until it’s nice and crispy, then crumble or chop it into bite-sized bits. Sprinkle the bacon over the udon just before serving to enhance both the texture and flavor.
Miso Udon

Creamy Miso Udon

This dish is a fusion of tradition and innovation, miso udon marries the velvet creamy goodness, creating a dish that's both familiar and surprisingly exotic. It's like a culinary handshake between East and West. It's a dish that hits all the right notes, so let's make it together.
Course Dinner, Lunch, Noodles
Cuisine Japanese, Western
Servings 1 people

Ingredients
  

  • 8 oz udon noodles (about 225g)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 shallot minced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 8 oz sliced cremini mushrooms (about 225g)
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 cup cream
  • 2 tbsp miso paste
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 cup Reserved udon water
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Cook the udon noodles according to the package instructions. Drain and set aside, reserving about 1 cup of the udon cooking water.
  • In a large skillet or wok, melt the butter over medium heat. Add minced shallot and garlic, and sauté until fragrant and softened.
  • Add sliced crimini mushrooms to the skillet and cook until they release their moisture and become tender, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Sprinkle paprika over the mushroom mixture. Stir well to combine.
  • Pour in the cream and stir, allowing the cream to heat through. Add miso paste and grated Parmesan cheese, stirring until the cheese is melted and the miso is fully incorporated.
  • Gradually add the reserved udon water, a little at a time, until you achieve your desired sauce consistency. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add the cooked udon noodles to the creamy mushroom miso sauce, tossing gently to coat the noodles evenly.
  • Serve the creamy mushroom miso udon hot, garnished with optional poached or soft-boiled egg, chopped chives, and a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese.
Keyword creamy miso udon, miso udon, miso udon recipe, spicy miso udon

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