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Curry Udon カレーうどん

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    Thick chewy udon noodles soaked in a rich, fragrant curry sauce! This Japanese Curry Udon will satisfy your noodles craving in an instant. Bonus: it’s simple enough to throw together on a busy weeknight.

    Curry udon in a Japanese bowl.

    Curry Udon (カレーうどん) has been a popular menu item in Japan for a long time. It is lesser-known compared to Curry Rice, but the creamy curry is just as fulfilling when you enjoy it with udon.

    And to me, the silky noodles have a way to soothe the soul in a comforting way unlike the other. When you blanket it with a rich curry sauce, you just want to grab your chopsticks and slurp away.

    Curry udon in a Japanese bowl.

    Ingredients You’ll Need

    1. Your Choice of  Protein

    I used thinly sliced pork loin in the recipe as it cooks in seconds, but feel free to use your choice of protein such as chicken, beef, seafood, or tofu.

    2. Japanese Curry Roux

    Since the Japanese modify the food from other cuisines to suit their palate, you can expect Japanese curry to be quite different from Indian curries or Thai curries. It is thicker, milder and sweeter, with a stew-like consistency. An ideal curry for curry beginner, or for people who prefer a gentler, sweeter flavor.

    To make the curry sauce, we’ll need to make curry roux. Homemade curry roux from scratch is, of course, the best, but there’s always an option of using the convenient store-bought curry roux when needed.

    Japanese Curry Roux | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

    This is going to be a quick curry recipe, so I take the easy route this time. Nowadays, you can even find the rectangular packages of Japanese Curry Roux sold at major American grocery stores. Look for them at the Asian/ global food aisle. 

    3. Udon Noodles

    Thick, chewy, slippery udon noodles are so delicious! You can buy frozen, refrigerated, or dried udon noodles at Japanese or Asian grocery stores, and refrigerated ones in American grocery stores.

    Udon Noodles (Frozen and Dry) | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

    However, I only recommend getting frozen one (choose one that says “Sanuki Udon”) or dried udon noodles as they have a better texture than the refrigerated ones.

    How to Make Curry Udon

    Thick chewy udon noodles soaked in a rich, fragrant curry sauce! This Japanese Curry Udon will satisfy your noodles craving in an instant. Bonus: it’s simple enough to throw together on a busy weeknight.

    1. Make dashi (homemade, which takes just 30 minutes, or dashi packet, or dashi powder).
    2. Stir fry the onion and your choice of protein in the frying pan.
    3. Add the dashi and curry roux in the frying pan.
    4. Cook up udon noodles in a separate pot.
    5. Assemble drained udon noodles and curry sauce in a serving bowl. 

    A satisfying noodle dish whipped up under 30 minutes! This curry udon is rich and flavorful, with just a tinge of sweetness in each spoonful. 

    Curry udon in a Japanese bowl.

    Make Cold Curry Udon in the Summertime!

    Cold Curry Udon served with thinly sliced pork, grilled eggplant, boiled egg, cucumber, and tomatoes in a chilled curry sauce.

    Oh by the way, if it’s in the middle of summer, try Cold Curry Udon!

    Curry udon in a Japanese bowl.

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    4.73 from 43 votes
    Curry udon in a Japanese bowl.
    Curry Udon
    Prep Time
    10 mins
    Cook Time
    40 mins
    Total Time
    50 mins
     

    Thick chewy udon noodles soaked in a rich, fragrant curry sauce! This Curry Udon will satisfy your noodles craving in an instant. Bonus: it’s simple enough to throw together on a busy weeknight.

    Course: Main Course
    Cuisine: Japanese
    Keyword: curry, pork, udon noodle
    Servings: 2
    Author: Nami
    Ingredients
    Instructions
    1. Gather all the ingredients. For curry roux, you will need to break into cubes and use 2 pieces. Prepare dashi with your preferred method, if you haven't made yet.

      Curry Udon Ingredients
    2. Thinly slice the onion and green onions.

      Curry Udon 1
    3. In a medium pot (I used a 2.75 QT Staub), heat oil on medium heat and add the onion.

      Curry Udon 2
    4. Saute the onion for 2-3 minutes, and then add the meat.

      Curry Udon 3
    5. Cook the meat until almost no longer pink and add sake.

      Curry Udon 4
    6. Add dashi and cover with the lid. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 5 minutes.

      Curry Udon 5
    7. When simmering, skim off the scum and fat from the stock and continue to cook.

      Curry Udon 8
    8. Meanwhile, start boiling a large pot of water for udon.

      Curry Udon-step by step-20
    9. After 5 minutes, turn off the heat. Put the cube of the curry roux in a ladle, letting dissolve one cube at a time (We'll use 2 cubes total).

      Curry Udon 9
    10. With chopsticks or spoon, let the roux dissolves completely in a ladle, before releasing it to the soup. Tip: You don't want to eat a chunk of undissolved curry roux, so take your time to dissolve the roux completely.

      Curry Udon 10
    11. Add soy sauce and mix well. Turn off the heat and cover the lid to keep it warm.

      Curry Udon 11
    12. When water is boiling, cook your udon noodles according to the package instruction (For this Sanuki Udon, cook frozen noodles in boiling water for 1 minute).

      Curry Udon 12
    13. Drain the noodles and divide into two bowls. Pour the curry over the udon noodles. Top with green onion and serve immediately.

      Curry Udon 13
    Recipe Notes

    Recipe by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook. All images and content on this site are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without my permission. If you’d like to share this recipe on your site, please re-write the recipe and link to this post as the original source. Thank you.

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    Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on February 13, 2012. A video and new photos were added in May 2020.

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