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Udon in Chicken Broth Recipe & a GIVEAWAY! (Closed)

Tuesday, February 08, 2011 | Labels: , , , , , |

The winners of this Giveaway are Jeannie, Benny and Rosa.  Thanks to everyone who participated!

Noodles are one of my absolute favourite foods to cook and of course to eat!  Today's feature is an extremely simple dish of udon noodles cooked in some wholesome homemade chicken broth and flavourful abalone sauce (pictured below and included in today's giveaway!) .  If you are not a fan of udon noodles, you can of course substitute with your favourite kind.  The noodles are first cooked very briefly in boiling water then set aside.  What I love about using udon noodles is that I can skip the step of running the noodles under cold water after boiling.  I then prepared the soup based with my homemade chicken broth, a bit of abalone sauce, dashes of soy sauce and Chinese rice wine for some added fragrance.  The noodles are finally topped with some chopped green onions and a tiny bit of garlic oil.  As with a lot of noodle dishes, this recipe can be personalized however you like it, simply add some fish cakes for an easy meal or add some abalone slices for a luxurious bowl of noodles.  After a few days of feasting during Chinese New Year's, I hope this simple dish will be a nice deviation for you from all the rich dishes we have been enjoying.

Udon in Broth

Now, for some little cooking gifts from me! This is the first ever giveaway on Tastes of Home and I am pleased to announce that this giveaway is being generously sponsored by Yuen Chun.  As my regular readers may know by now, Yuen Chun has been the preferred brand of Asian cooking sauces in my family ever since my late grandmother started using it in her kitchen.  I am pleased to have a chance to share with you the products that I have been using in a lot of my recipes so that you can try them out for yourselves.  For some inspiration, check out my range of Yuen Chun recipes that I created, ranging from Chinese-French fusion to classic Chinese homestyle dishes.  Also, there will not be one winner but three winners for this giveaway.  Kindly leave a valid email address so that I can contact you and please note that this giveaway will close on February 22, 2011 at 10 am (Malaysia time).  A great selection of sauces by Yuen Chun will be given out which will include their range of oyster sauces, soy sauces, abalone sauce, Thai stir-fry sauce, vinegar, plum sauce plus a bag and an apron. 

RULES:

TO JOIN, choose one from the four options below OR do as many as you want!: (each task will be considered a separate entry, doing more will increase your chances of getting picked, please leave a separate comment for each thing you do )

1.  Leave a comment here stating your favourite kind of noodles;
2.  Visit Yuen Chun's official website, check out the products and leave a comment here stating which product you most want to try;
3.  Link to this post on your facebook then leave a comment here staying you did so;
4.  Visit Yuen Chun's facebook fan page, 'like' it and leave a comment here saying you did so. 


Additional Information:

The first prize winner will get 3 bottles of each sauce, second will get two bottles and finally the third prize winner will get one bottle of each.  All winners will receive a 'special edition' bottle of Yuen Chun's premium soy sauce, an apron and a bag.  Winners will be randomly picked.

Just some of the sauces that will be included


I am also sending this simpe recipe to this week's Presto Pasta Nights, one of my favourite blogging events created by Ruth of Once Upon A Feast and hosted by Helen of Fuss Free Flavours.

Ingredients:

2 packets of fresh udon noodles
Water for boiling
4 tbsps abalone sauce
2 cups chicken broth (used canned chicken broth if you don't have homemade broth on hand)
1 cup worth of tofu fish cakes (you can just use fish cakes or your favourite seafood)
Dash of soy sauce or to taste
Dash of Chinese rice wine
Dash of sesame oil
4 stalks green onions, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced

Udon in Chicken Broth

Method:

Firstly, briefly cook the udon noodles in boiling water, separating the strands gently with a pair of chopsticks.  Remove and drain, then set aside.

Cook the fish cakes in boiling water for about 1-2 minutes, then remove from water and set aside.

Next, prepare the soup base by boiling the chicken broth and abalone sauce together.  Once boiling, add in the soy sauce, rice wine and sesame oil.  Do a taste test and add more soy sauce or salt if desired.

Prepare the garlic oil by placing the minced garlic in a microwaveable bowl, add about 3 tbsps of cooking oil into the bowl.  Microwave on high for about 30 seconds or till hot. 

Place the noodles onto individual serving bowls.  Add in the fish cakes.  Ladle enough soup into each bowl.  Garnish with the chopped green onions and spoon some garlic oil onto the noodles before serving.

Udon in Chicken Broth Recipe

How I make chicken broth at home:

I always use free-range whole chicken when I cook homemade chicken broth.  The skin is first removed to minimise the fat content.  After boiling for at least 2-3 hours, allow to cool till room temperature, place broth (covered) in the fridge for a couple of hours, then take out from the fridge and you should see a layer of fat on top of the broth.  You can then easily remove most of the fat by spooning off the top layer and discarding. 

For clearer looking chicken broth which is preferable to me, filter the broth through gauze/ cheesecloth at least once.  Your homemade chicken broth is now ready for all kinds of culinary uses or just simply add some salt to taste, garnish with some chopped green onions and enjoy your chicken broth on its' own!

42 comments:

A pathetic person said...
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Rosa said...

I love your recipes and YUEN chun's products, I lked both pages on facebook and been meaning to try the Plum Sauce.

Keep posting!

Kelly said...

My favourite noodles are actually udon noodles! Thanks for doing the giveaway!

ktan789@gmail.com

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Mei Teng said...

Lovely udon dish.

Mei Teng said...

Lovely udon dish.

tigerfish said...

I should have bought the udon noodles which was on sale at the Asian grocery store the other day! Sometimes, I just enjoy the "fat" chewiness of udon noodles.

Janet said...

I would love to try the Thai Stir-fry sauce! thanks for doing the giveaway :)

Laura said...

I have been wanting to try their abalone sauce ever since you posted the dumplings!

Thanks!

PeterH said...

Rice noodles are my favourite noodles :)

I would like to try the vegetarian oyster sauce. thanks.

tastesofhomejen said...

Kelly, thanks for joining in the fun :D

tastesofhomejen said...

Thanks Mei Teng!

tastesofhomejen said...

Glad you like udon, I love most noodles :D

tastesofhomejen said...

me too, I like different noodles at different times :D

tastesofhomejen said...

Really? what brand are you using now Lily?

tastesofhomejen said...

Totally agree it's too hard to pick one!

tastesofhomejen said...

Good idea for vinegar :D Mostly Northern Chinese dishes then. yum yum.

tastesofhomejen said...

The Thai stir-fry sauce is a good choice :)

tastesofhomejen said...

Laura, the abalone sauce is one of my favs :)

tastesofhomejen said...

Peter, I like rice noodles too !

Ruth said...

Thanks for sharing such a delicious dish with Presto Pasta Nights. It's always lovely when you do. Don't forget the big 4th birthday bash is coming up on March 4th!

Adeline said...

I love udon!

I would love to try the Thai stir-fry sauce since I'm so lazy in the kitchen!

Lai Wah said...

I have linked to your post on Facebook.

I would like to try the Thai stir fry sauce. thanks.

Belly Good Cooking said...

I like " rat noodle " ( loh shi fun, ha ha ) because it's cute and chewy. I wish to try the abalone sauce because I have yet to try cooking the recipes from my cookbooks with abalone sauce. :D

tastesofhomejen said...

Haha I like loh shi fun too! I love cooking with abalone sauce hehe

Littlecornerofmine said...

Is this open to people around the world? Frankly I have not tried this brand, would love to be a winner so that I can try it. :) My favorite kind of noodle would be stir-fried.

tastesofhomejen said...

You are in US right? You have not? I know about this brand through my mom, it's from my grandma's time :)

Anonymous said...

My fav is egg noodles in soy sauce!

Thanks for doing this giveaway.

kathy1881@hotmail.com

Katherine said...

I would like to try out the abalone sauce. Thanks!

Lian said...

I would like to try the thick soy sauce. Thanks!

Mary said...

My favourite noodles are flat rice noodles!

Wai Teng said...

I would like to try their vegetarian oyster sauce. Thanks!

Wilson said...

I would like to try out the thick caramel sauce. Thanks!

Hana said...

Love your recipes. I would like to try the Thai stir-fry sauce. Thanks!

May Lee said...

I love your recipes! I would like to try the chicken and abalone sauce of Yuen Chun's. Thanks!

May Lee said...

I love your recipes! I would like to try the chicken and abalone sauce of Yuen Chun's. Thanks!

Jen said...

May - thanks for joining in!

Benny said...

My mum uses a lot of oyster sauce in her cooking so we'd definately like to try and grab our hands on one. : p

My favourite noodles for some time has been "Pan Mee" soup-style, just can never get enough of it.

I've also liked Yuen Chun's fan page. :D

Tastes of Home (Jen) said...

Benny, Congratulations! You have won the SECOND prize on this GIVEAWAY! I will be contacting you soon.

Jeannie said...

Yay! I can't believe I have won something! This must be my lucky year hehe! Thanks so much Jen, I am looking forward to the prices:D

Tastes of Home (Jen) said...

You're welcome Jeannie! I'm sure you will put them to good use :)

udon noodle recipes said...

I have been tempted to start making noodles at home but have been so intimidated. I am not good with baking and my attempts at other homemade dough type things like green onion pancake, roti, etc have been utter flops. I love you video and I think you have inspired me to try these udon noodles at home! Wish me luck!   

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