Easy Japanese Recipes

Curry Udon カレーうどん

Curry Udon | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com Since I won’t be posting tomorrow, I’d like to say Happy Valentine’s Day to all my dearest readers.  I hope you have a fun & romantic day with your loved one.

If you missed my posts last week, I have super easy and quick chocolate desserts that you can surprise the special someone in your life with: Nama Chocolate (Homemade Chocolate) and Chocolate Covered Strawberries.  It’s not too late to make them and you just need a few ingredients.  Both recipes takes less than 30 minutes to make from start to finish.

Happy Valentine's Day!


Today I’m guest blogging at Jen’s blog Smoky Wok (formally known as Tastes of Home).

If you’ve never heard of Smoky Wok, I’m really delighted to be able to introduce you to this great blog.  The author Jen shares easy Asian home cooking recipes including Chinese, Malaysian, Thai, Korean, and even Japanese cuisines.  You will notice right away her beautiful food styling and photography, if you are interested some of her photos are available for purchase at Getty Images.  When you are visiting her blog, check out her quick meal recipes to get some inspiration for this week’s dinners. ;-)

As I’m a big fan of Jen’s noodle dishes, I made Curry Udon for the guest post.  Have you had Japanese curry before?  Please click HERE to view the Curry Udon recipe at Smoky Wok!

Curry Udon | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Curry Udon
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Serves: Serves 2
  • 3 cups dashi stock
  • 1 Tbsp. oil
  • ½ large onion, sliced
  • ½ lb your choice of meat/seafood (I used pork “komagire” (thinly cut scraps) today), cut into small pieces
  • 1 Tbsp. sake
  • 2 pieces/blocks of Japanese curry roux
  • ½ Tbsp. soy sauce
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 packages udon (I like sanuki udon)
  • 1 green onion, finely chopped
  • Ito Togarashi (Korean Chili Threads) (optional)
  1. Prepare dashi stock.
  2. In a large frying pan, heat oil on medium high and sauté onion until soft, about 7-10 minutes.
  3. Add your choice of meat/seafood in the pan and increase the heat to high. Stir fry until the meat/seafood is almost cooked through.
  4. Add dashi stock and sake in the pan and bring it to a boil.
  5. When boiling, skim off the scum and fat from the stock. Reduce heat to medium and cook 5-7 minutes.
  6. Turn off the heat and add curry roux. Using chopsticks or wooden spoon, dissolve the roux completely. Heat the curry on medium high for 10 minutes. Make sure you stir once in a while so the curry will not get burnt on the bottom.
  7. Meanwhile Boil a lot of water in a large pot and cook udon for 2-3 minutes and drain well.
  8. Add soy sauce and season with salt (optional).
  9. Serve udon in a bowl and pour over curry. Top with green onion and Ito Togarashi.


Curry Udon | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

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  • Reem | Simply Reem February 13, 2012, 12:09 am

    A very Happy Valentine day to you my dear….
    Have a great time…
    Curry Udon looks good, will check Jen’s site…
    Will be back tmrw…

  • Nash at Plateful February 13, 2012, 12:11 am

    Hey Naomi, long time! Hope you are all ready to celebrate Valentine’s with your sweetie. Happy Valentine’s Day, my friend! And thank you for introducing us to Jen and her lovely blog. Curry Udon looks scrumptious, can’t wait to check out the recipe!

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella February 13, 2012, 12:32 am

    I hope you have a wonderful Valentines Day! And I’ve bookmarked the Nama chocolate because I am a big fan of the Royce chocolate but find it hard to get here (impossible really!).

  • Alessandra February 13, 2012, 12:37 am

    Happy Valentine to you! Curry Udon sounds interesting, and very original!


  • chinmayie @ love food eat February 13, 2012, 12:42 am

    Curry Udon sounds so comforting!!

  • Medeja February 13, 2012, 1:01 am

    Oh, I’m already waiting for that recipe!

  • kat February 13, 2012, 2:41 am

    love curry anything, have a very happy valentine’s day!

  • Shawn February 13, 2012, 2:44 am

    Lovely Valentine’s Treats! I’m looking forward to your Curry Udon post :)

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake February 13, 2012, 2:49 am

    Happy Valentines! :D I loveeee Japanese curry. We always used to make it at home as it’s quite simple to make and is a very hearty meal. Your photos are beautiful as usual. :)

  • Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover February 13, 2012, 3:00 am

    Happy Valentine to you Nami! I have so long did not celebrate a Valentine day, ^_^ Hmm, i’m sure my kid love this curry Udon, will try soon.

  • Asmita February 13, 2012, 3:23 am

    Happy Valentine’s Day Nami,
    The curry looks amazing and so do the clicks!!!

  • Anna @The Littlest Anchovy February 13, 2012, 3:40 am

    Ooh Curry and Udon noodles?! This is something I know I will love. Happy Valentines to you too :)

  • Belinda @zomppa February 13, 2012, 3:43 am

    I can never say no to curry OR udon! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • Ramona February 13, 2012, 4:05 am

    Curry you say… Mmmmmmm ! Looks lovely and I bet it tasted fantastic!! Wishing you a wonderful Valentine’s Day as well. :)

  • Liz February 13, 2012, 4:12 am

    Happy Valentine’s Day to you, too, Nami!!! Gorgeous dish…as yours all are!

  • Rosa February 13, 2012, 4:57 am

    This curry udon looks so tasty!

    Have a great day tomorrow!



  • mai February 13, 2012, 5:06 am

    Hi Nami!!
    I’ve never had Japanese curry before but this recipe looks so delish. Can’t wait to try it.
    btw, Happy Valentine’s Day to you! Sorry I haven’t been around much lately. Hope all is well.

  • [email protected] February 13, 2012, 5:16 am

    Very sweet treats for Valentine’s Day! Japanese curry…can’t wait to cook this =)

  • Tiffany February 13, 2012, 5:30 am

    I HEART Udon! I’ve never had a curry udon, but I’m sure I’d love it (especially with the lovely mushrooms on top!). Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your family! :D

  • Suzi February 13, 2012, 5:58 am

    Happy Valentine’s Day Nami to you and your lovely family. The udon looks amazing. Going over to check it out after I check out those chocolate covered strawberries. So delicious. Have a wonderful day.

  • A_Boleyn February 13, 2012, 6:09 am

    Japanese curry is on my list of “things to make” and this big bowl of goodness makes me want to dive in and eat.

  • Biren @ Roti n Rice February 13, 2012, 6:13 am

    Happy Valentine’s Day! The curry udon looks delicious! Curry udon or ramen is one of my goto fast meals using roux cubes. Made from scratch is of course the best but I also appreciate a quick fix every now and then. :)

  • Kristen February 13, 2012, 6:41 am

    What a great looking curry dish. And I loved your chocolate covered strawberries, too. Happy Valentine’s Day, Nami!

  • Smoky Wok (Jen) February 13, 2012, 6:42 am

    Happy V Day Nami!! Thanks soooo much for guest posting and also for your lovely compliments! I’m so excited to have you over at my blog :)

  • Jeno @ Week Nite Meals February 13, 2012, 7:17 am

    Happy Valentine’s Day Nami! Jon and I are not big on this holiday (though it was a big deal when we were younger, haha!). Trinity did a lot of preparation for her class, she assembled little containers of chocolate and Hello Kitty fake tattoos also little Valentine cards, I will be volunteering at the class party (which is always a riot because those kids say the darnedest things!)

    Never had curry noodles, though the whole idea really intrigues me, the recipe looks real simple, I’ve gotta go get some Japanese Curry Roux soon. Which brand and flavor do you suggest?

    • Nami February 16, 2012, 8:48 pm

      Hi Cindy (Jeno)! Oh how fun! I’m sure Trinitiy had a fun Valentine’s Day at school. :-) The curry roux brand in the picture called “Golden Curry” is very popular and I think you can even find it in American supermarket’s Asian food isle. We buy mild as kids don’t eat spicy food, but you might want to buy “hot” one. There are usually mild/medium/hot, for each brand. For people who are used to eating spicy food, this “hot” level is nothing compared to other cuisine. ;-) My supermarket sells other curry brand and I often buy Kokumaro (こくまろ) Curry.

  • Cassie February 13, 2012, 8:21 am

    This is a great combo of flavors. I love udon!

  • Candice February 13, 2012, 9:04 am

    Hi Nami,

    Happy Valentines Day to you as well!

    Thanks for sharing your Nama Chocolate & Chocolate Covered Strawberry recipe with us. I can’t wait to make it. The udon looks delicious too. Thanks for sharing Jen’s blog with us. =)

    • Nami February 14, 2012, 12:35 am

      Thank you Candice! Happy Valentine’s Day to you too! :-)

  • Raymund February 13, 2012, 9:16 am

    Wow I never had something like this a combination of two Japanese favorites curry and udon. Yum

  • Valerie Brunmeier February 13, 2012, 9:35 am

    This udon looks perfect for lunch on this cold and dreary day!

  • Eri February 13, 2012, 9:43 am

    It looks fantastic Nami! Yum!!

  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking February 13, 2012, 9:47 am

    Nami, your food is art! What a lovely and simple recipes with beautiful photos to match. Thank you for sharing, and happy Valentine’s Day!

  • Sissi February 13, 2012, 12:52 pm

    Hi, Nami. It looks lovely, heartwarming and spicy! All I need these days. Oh, and udon is my favourite Japanese noodle type! I’m hopping to the Smoky Wok and see you tomorrow!

  • Evelyne@cheapethniceatz February 13, 2012, 1:03 pm

    Happy St-Valentine! Oh I look forward to discovering this new blog and your recipe looks amazing, never had Japanese curry.

  • Tobias @ T and Tea Cake February 13, 2012, 1:46 pm

    Happy Valentine’s Day Nami, dear!
    Onions onions onions. How I love them. And I see you have used quite a bit in this recipe! As you may have heard, Europe is pretty much freezing these days. Wish I’d have your curry to warm me up! ;)


  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com February 13, 2012, 1:47 pm

    Happy Valentines’ Day to you and your loved ones … that curry udon looks simply amazing :D

  • tigerfish February 13, 2012, 1:52 pm

    The warmth of curry spice in a soup-based udon…perfect for the wet, windy weather now.

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

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  • Julie at Burnt Carrots February 13, 2012, 2:40 pm

    Happy Valentine’s Day!! This looks delicious! I currently have a beef curry in the slow cooker and just love the smell!

  • Mr. Three-Cookies February 13, 2012, 2:53 pm

    Hope you have a wonderful valentines day.
    I just checked the interesting recipe on Jen’s site. She does have great photos, your great photos fit in well.
    I’ve tried curry noodles in Malaysia and Singapore (I think it was called curry mee etc), unique and delicious.

  • FreeSpiritEater February 13, 2012, 2:58 pm

    There isn’t a recipe or photo on your site that I don’t absolutely ADORE! Happy Valentine’s Day to you too Nami, hope you have a lovely day. <3

  • Yue February 13, 2012, 3:08 pm

    I love udon, can’t wait for the recipe :)

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts February 13, 2012, 3:17 pm

    Looks wonderful! Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your family!

  • Manu February 13, 2012, 4:17 pm

    Yum yum yum! Going to check it out at Jen’s site!!!
    Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you Nami! <3

  • Martyna@WholesomeCook February 13, 2012, 4:17 pm

    Happy Valentine’s Day to you too Nami. The udon curry looks amazing – love both the flavours and textures, and those saffron threads! Hungry!

    • Nami February 13, 2012, 6:05 pm

      Hi Martyna! They’re actually not saffron and they’re Japanese red chili pepper threads. :-)

  • Evelyn February 13, 2012, 4:53 pm

    Hi Nami, Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your family! You are such a sweetheart!

  • Marsha @ The Harried Cook February 13, 2012, 5:04 pm

    Beautiful curry, Nami! Looks really flavorful and I love the saffron on the top… Looks really pretty! I hope you have a lovely day with your family…

    • Nami February 13, 2012, 6:05 pm

      Hi Marsha! It’s actually not saffron and they’re Japanese red chili pepper threads. :-)

  • Ira Rodrigues February 13, 2012, 6:59 pm

    happy valentine’s day to you.
    i’ll give my jump to jen’s blog and check it out :)

  • sophia February 13, 2012, 7:34 pm

    Happy Valentines Day, Nami! (hug) <3

  • Nic@diningwithastud February 13, 2012, 8:29 pm

    Happy Valentines Day Nami :D

  • Ann February 13, 2012, 10:21 pm

    Oh, Nami! This looks delicious! I love noodle soup bowls and this one is stunning! Happy Valentines Day!

  • jack February 13, 2012, 11:01 pm

    Happy Valentines Day Nami! :) I hope you have a great day.
    Unfortunately I don’t like to eat curry, but I must say that your recipe look nice and easy to make!

    p.s hehe yes, you’ve got me about the nama chocolate.. it’s so delicious and we really can’t get that here in Sydney!

  • Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb February 13, 2012, 11:44 pm

    I didnt know japanize curries existed! I d love to try your recipe out nami, looks very appetizing. I ll go and visit your guestpost. =)
    Happy Valentines day to u too!

  • Katherine Martinelli February 14, 2012, 12:19 am

    This looks so amazing Nami!! I’ve pinned it to try to make some time. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • Mandy - The Complete Cook Book February 14, 2012, 2:15 am

    Happy Valentines Day to you too Nami.
    Your recipes are always so appealing.
    :-) Mandy

  • Daisy@Nevertoosweet February 14, 2012, 2:29 am

    Happy Valentine’s Day Nami :)

    Thanks for sharing the Valentine recipes before and the curry udon is great so easy and YUMMY ~

  • daphne February 14, 2012, 4:30 am

    Yup! I love a good curry udon- you are really a good teacher with the photos as well. Happy Valentine’s day!

  • Sissi February 14, 2012, 7:14 am

    Nami, I love staring at your step-by-step photos. You make all the recipes seem so easy! (Udon still looks even more extraordinary than yesterday!). Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • Sanjeeta kk February 14, 2012, 7:21 am

    Oh…yes I did miss your last posts..the chocolates and those cute little strawberries..hopping to read through.
    Happy valentine, Nami!

  • food-4tots February 14, 2012, 8:02 am

    A Happy Valentine’s Day to you! Your udon looks fabulous!! It makes my mouth water!

  • Helene February 14, 2012, 8:04 am

    Just discovered your blog, that curry sounds so good. Happy Valentine Day!

  • Laz February 14, 2012, 8:15 am

    Happy Valentines Day, Nami. Gorgeous bowl of noodles. Big fan of curry.

  • Grubarazzi (@Grubarazzi) February 14, 2012, 11:27 am

    I absolutely love udon soup, and this twist has really got me excited. You are so wonderful!

  • Juliana February 14, 2012, 12:01 pm

    Nami, I love udon…the texture is just so good, kind of chewy…now I have to try it with curry…and I know that my husband will like it since he loves curry dishes, so why not please both of us?
    Happy Valentine’s Day :)

  • Adora's Box February 14, 2012, 12:55 pm

    Udon is one of my favourite noodles. I like fat, chewy noodles. Love the curry broth, too. Delish, Nami!

  • Charles February 14, 2012, 2:09 pm

    Happy Valentine’s Day Nami – I’ve never heard of curry udon before – or maybe I have, I can’t remember, but it sounds delicious. Udon, curry – I love them both!! As always you astound me with your beautiful dishes… this must have been a real treat to eat!

  • balvinder ( Neetu) February 14, 2012, 4:29 pm

    Curry looks fantastic.
    Enjoy your evening.

  • Bam's Kitchen February 14, 2012, 5:13 pm

    Nami-san, Curry udon is one of my son’s favorite dishes from living in Japan. I can’t wait to give your recipe a try. Your mushroom chopstick holder is “totemo kawaii”! Take care, BAM

  • Carolyn Jung February 14, 2012, 5:35 pm

    Happy Valentine’s Day! How funny — we are having udon for Valentine’s Day. But we’re taking the lazy route and getting takeout for a romantic, slurpy dinner at home. ;)

  • Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers February 14, 2012, 6:06 pm

    Happy Valentine’s Day Nami! It’s a delicious post as always!

  • Claudia February 14, 2012, 6:25 pm

    You know – that is so alluring – all I need for Valentine’s Dinner is that flavorful soup – and maybe one chocolate strawberry. Happy day of sweets!

  • Candice February 14, 2012, 7:29 pm

    Yay! you posted the recipe. I can’t wait to make this. I love udon and curry. =)

    • Nami February 14, 2012, 8:55 pm

      Hi Candice! I’m glad you liked the recipe. :-) Enjoy!

  • mjskit February 14, 2012, 7:31 pm

    Hope you’ve had a wonderful Valentine’s Day Nami! Udon are one of those noodles that I love but never think of buying when I’m at the market. Looks like it’s time to remember! Love your light and healthy soups with SO much flavor! Still haven’t been able to find the dashi packets, so I’m headed to check on-line. I really need to make your dashi stock so I can start making these soups!

  • Tataya Kudo February 14, 2012, 7:55 pm

    Hi Nami
    I rarely eat noodles in thick, full of flavors broth but I love curry udon. I don’t know why. Sanuki udon is my favorite too. Thanks for the recipe. Have a nice day!!

  • pigpigscorner February 14, 2012, 9:50 pm

    One of my hubs’ favourite! I usually just cook the curry first then pour over noodles, will try this method next time! Hope you had a great V-day!

  • parenting articles February 15, 2012, 12:49 am

    that looks so apetizing!:D

  • Fern @ TFWL February 15, 2012, 3:45 am

    One of my favourite ways to eat Jap noodles, although not all restaurants have it on the menu. I usually make it with soba and top it with some prawn/veg tempura. I will try it with udon next time! :)

  • mycookinghut February 15, 2012, 5:11 am

    Oh I love curry and udon! This is a perfect bowl for me!

  • Jen at The Three Little Piglets February 15, 2012, 5:27 am

    I didn’t know there was such a thing as Japanese curry. I love reading your blog, cause I learn something new all the time!

  • Julia {The Roasted Root} February 15, 2012, 9:17 am

    Awesome step-by-step instructions and visuals! This is very helpful as I have never made Udon, so the specific instructions are great for an Udon novice like me! Looks like a great recipe, and I LOVE the bowl the Udon is photographed in. Hope you had an excellent Valentine’s Day!

  • Sandi February 15, 2012, 10:30 am

    Your Udon looks terrific..another delectable post :)

  • Jenn and Seth (@HomeSkilletCook) February 15, 2012, 11:31 am

    this soup looks DELICIOUS! totally want some right now!

  • Nancy/SpicieFoodie February 15, 2012, 11:49 am

    Hi Nami, I hope you had a lovely Valentine’s Day. Udon is one of my favorite noodles. I never tried a curry Udon. But it is music to my ears or is it belly :) Will stop by her blog.

  • Cucina49 February 15, 2012, 12:15 pm

    Nami, that is stunning! I made a curry last night and am going to serve the leftovers tonight over udon noodles–it probably won’t be as good as yours, but I’m going to at least steal the noodle idea.

  • Tina (PinayInTexas) February 15, 2012, 12:16 pm

    Hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day celebration, Nami!
    Love both your Nama Chocolate and Chocolate Covered Strawberries…truly perfect Valentine treats! Your Curry Udon looks delicious too!

  • Jill | Dulce Dough February 15, 2012, 12:34 pm

    Looks and sounds fantastic Nami! I’m off to check it out over at Jen’s blog too!

  • Chopinand @ ChopinandMysaucepan February 15, 2012, 3:16 pm

    Dear Nami,

    Growing up in Malaysia with all its beautiful curries, Japanese food those days used to be somewhat of a luxury. I still think I would choose all the beautiful fresh seafood, classic teppanyaki dishes like beef and king prawns, yakiniku dishes and noodles over a Japanese curry though I believe it would be milder than the fiery ones from South East Asia.

    The Ito Togarashi looks so elegant, can you make it or do you buy it from a Japanese grocer? Your bowl is beautiful and I love the mushroom chopstick holder too! :)

    • Nami February 17, 2012, 9:55 pm

      Hi Chopin! My favorite ramen restaurant puts it on their ramen, and I’m addicted to that beautiful look. I looked and looked in every Japanese supermarket but I couldn’t find, so I asked my mom to send it from Japan. :-)

  • Pure Complex February 15, 2012, 3:19 pm

    I’ve seen dashi stock before but never really knew what to do with it. Now I know :). I really enjoyed reading this recipe

  • Sandra's Easy Cooking February 15, 2012, 3:55 pm

    Happy, Happy Valentine Day! I hope it was night of Romance:)) Great looking dish..you know that I am huge fan of Udon noddles and your curry sound delightful!As Always beautiful photos!
    Will check the guest post!!!

  • Hotly Spiced February 15, 2012, 5:26 pm

    I love udon noodles. Your curry dish looks delicious. Great ingredients there.

  • Namitha February 15, 2012, 8:19 pm

    Nami,hope you had a lovely valentine’s day ! Thanks for introducing us to a nice blogger and a wonderful dish :-)

  • Lori Lynn February 16, 2012, 8:01 am

    Oh this sounds so delicious. You’ve done it again Nami. I like to make udon soup, but have never made curry udon. Can’t wait to try. Hope you both had a happy Valentine’s Day Nami and Jen!

  • Denise February 16, 2012, 9:45 am

    I love curry udon but I have not thought of making it! I will give it a try. I can buy most of the things in my regular market even the curry roux!The only thing I can’t get is the red chili threads. I will make this soon. Thank you!

  • Giulietta | Alterkitchen February 16, 2012, 12:42 pm

    OMG! This udon looks amazing, Nami! I’d love a bowl of this, even today that I’ve already ate too much :)

  • audra February 16, 2012, 5:46 pm

    This looks great! I was looking for a warm dinner to make for tomorrow, and I think this is it!


  • A Little Yumminess February 16, 2012, 6:20 pm

    This will be made soon….I have those little curry cubes!

  • Magic of Spice February 18, 2012, 7:27 pm

    I adore curries and this looks wonderful…will go check out your guest post :)

  • Lyndsey ~ The Tiny Skillet February 19, 2012, 1:19 pm

    Hi Nami, hope you all had a wonderful Valentine”s Day! This curry udon looks wonderful and so delicious! Love golden curry, I have to use the mild one for my husband. Nice we have a choice!

  • Yudith @ Blissfully Delicious February 19, 2012, 1:50 pm

    Nami, I LOVE noodle in a bowl like this one. I just need to get the ingredients and make this soon. Thanks for sharing :) I will check out Smoky Wok, thanks for the intro!

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious March 6, 2012, 8:29 am

    I love udon. I love curry. But I’ve never had them together. So I’m sure it will be a monumental moment when I try this :)

  • pavithra March 19, 2012, 3:18 pm

    I looooooooooooooove udon that too with curry flavor ..I am in.. Seriously I am way too tempted.. Gonna try this for sure..but substituting with TOFU..Yuummm yummm :)


  • Po September 2, 2012, 9:16 pm

    Sanuki udon is three times more expensive than the udon I normally purchase (some random brands) but since it is recommended, I have decided to give it a go when I plan to try out this curry udon recipe. Oh my, the udon is marvelous! Just as the udon I eat in the fine dining Japanese restaurants. Thank you fore the recommendation, Nami : )

    • Nami September 3, 2012, 12:26 am

      Hi Po! 3 times more expensive? I’m sorry it’s so expensive. :( But I’m glad you gave it a try. I hope your home cooked udon is much cheaper than when you eat out at the restaurant so you can justify your purchase. The texture of sanuki udon is definitely better than regular udon, and once you like sanuki udon, it’s hard to go back to regular kinds. I’m happy you enjoyed it! Thank you for writing, Po!

      • Po September 3, 2012, 1:42 am

        Yes, you are absolutely right, Nami! I doubt I will satisfy with the usual udon now. The texture of sanuki udon is very much better than the regular one so I guess there’s a price to pay : )

        p/s: I couldn’t find Ito Togarashi though, not even in Isetan. Maybe I will fake them by cutting the dried chili into tiny threads next time I cook curry udon : ) They look so beautiful as toppings!

        • Nami September 3, 2012, 1:54 am

          You might want to try dried udon one time. If it’s good quality one, it’s also better than regular packaged udon too. Packaged udon breaks so easily and texture is not my favorite. Hope you have some option of dried udon and sometimes splurge on Sanuki udon. :) I also had a hard time finding in the US, so I asked my mom to send it. She said it was not easy to find either. :(

  • Amanda December 4, 2012, 2:43 pm

    I just made this last night and it was wonderful!! We currently live in Okinawa and have had the joy of having curry udon at one of the local udon restaurants here. I am so glad that I now have a recipe for it! I accidently left out the soy sauce, however, I think the soup did just fine without it. Also I added an extra block of curry roux…. we like curry flavor ;) This is now my new, go to cold weather comfort food. Thank you, Nami, for this wonderful recipe :)

    • Nami December 10, 2012, 12:06 am

      Hi Amanda! Thank you so much for letting me know! I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe. :) Soy sauce adds a little bit more “koku” (savory flavor) to curry, but it’s not necessary. I just like to play with flavor. Thank you so much for stopping by to let me know! :)

  • Julia February 28, 2013, 11:10 am

    Just found your blog while searching for a Curry Udon recipe. I tried it out today with the only difference that I substituted the meat for shiitake mushroom since I didn’t have any meat to use, and it was delicious! Thank you for the wonderful recipe, now I gotta try some others :)

    • Nami February 28, 2013, 8:13 pm

      Hi Julia! Thank you for letting me know! I’m so happy to hear you liked this recipe. Shiitake has great umami flavor and perfect thing to add in curry! I hope you find some recipes you like on my blog. :) Thanks for writing!

  • dani June 12, 2013, 5:44 am

    Could I used dried udon noodles instead? Before I buy fresh udon noodles I want to use up more of the dried Udon I accidently bought in bulk. Thought I was ordering soba and ended up with 12 packages of udon to use up.

    And this recipe looks fantastic. I love curry. ^_^

    • Nami June 12, 2013, 10:39 pm

      Hi Dani! Sure, you can use dried udon noodles and I sometimes use it too! :) 12 packs of udon… my daughter will be happy if I have endless stock of udon noodles. Hope you enjoy the curry udon!

  • Christina Kataoka November 8, 2013, 4:47 pm

    I made this tonight and was going to take a picture, but my husband ate everything! He would like to thank you, Nami, for turning me into a Japanese cook!

    • Nami November 8, 2013, 5:14 pm

      Ahahaha! Your comment just made my day! I’m glad your husband enjoyed it. Soon you don’t need my recipes anymore and you can make all the Japanese food! ;) Thank you for your feedback, Christina!

  • Karin January 25, 2014, 10:47 am

    Thanks for the great recipe. I just tried it out and it’s awesome.

    • Nami January 25, 2014, 12:35 pm

      Hi Karin! Yay! Thank you for your feedback. I’m glad you enjoyed it! :)

  • Cassandre March 20, 2014, 12:24 am

    Hi Nami,

    Your curry udon looks amazing! :)
    Instead of using a block of Japanese curry roux like you, I really want to try your curry roux recipe.
    So I was wondering how many tablespoons/grams of your homemade roux do I need to use for 2 blocks of curry roux ?

    Bye, Cassandre.

    • Nami March 20, 2014, 9:22 am

      Hi Cassandre! Thank you so much for your kind words! This curry udon is so good! I hope you get to try this. I haven’t made this with my homemade curry roux yet (I should!), so it’s hard to say… but the curry roux recipe is for one box of store-bought curry roux. So you probably need a few Tbsp. Great thing about making curry dish is that you can add curry roux until the consistency you like. I really like “thick” curry udon (my mom used to make thicker version), but my family likes thinner curry udon. You can adjust how much curry roux to use based on your preference. The homemade curry roux should be enough as long as you don’t exceed using one box of store-bought curry roux. Hope this helps. :)

      • Cassandre March 21, 2014, 2:27 am


        Yes, don’t worry, it helps. ;) I think I get it, not really an exact science but more like cooking with your taste buds and heart, right? how you feel it in the moment… I tried this dish a few times at the restaurant and I like it thick too (finish udon and drink all the dashi like a soup, it’s wonderful =D).

        I think I’ll try cooking this curry udon next week. I’ll come back later and keep you updating on the amount of curry roux I used!

        • Nami March 24, 2014, 7:29 pm

          Thank you Cassandre! I hope you enjoy! :)

          • Cassandre March 28, 2014, 11:37 am

            So, I’m back ! :)

            First, I made homemade curry roux according to your recipe. Well… I think I was wrong somewhere. I tried to convert tablespoons in grams and maybe it’s here I made a mistake. Then my roux turned brown after only 5 minutes ; I think I burned it ><'… My homemade curry roux came closer to the one I buy normally at 70-80% maybe? But it was good, not the taste of Japanese curry I expected but good nonetheless! :) I will definitely give it another try.

            Now the udon! Obviously, because of my roux, it wasn’t the taste of the one I eat at the restaurant. Same here, 70-80%?

            I used for about 30 grams of roux (2 tablespoons?) for 1 block, but my mistake was that I forgot that the curry would thicken so after 4 minutes of heating the curry, it was really really thick and I had to add some water.

            Next time, I’ll cook it with curry sauce mix and I will get the right taste! ;)

            • Nami March 29, 2014, 1:09 am

              Hi Cassandra! Thank you so much for writing your feedback. I’m sorry the curry roux didn’t turn out well. Probably 5 minutes is a bit too short so I think your heat was a little too strong. Hope your next curry udon will come out well next time! :)

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