Miso Nikomi Udon is a hearty and comforting noodle soup where chicken, fish cake, and udon noodles are simmered in a miso-flavored dashi broth. When it's cold outside, this noodle soup will warm you inside out.
Make 3 cups dashi using one of 3 Ways to Make Dashi. Here I used the convenient dashi packet method. If you’re vegetarian/vegan, use Kombu Dashi.
Cut the stem of shiitake mushrooms and cut in halves. I use “Sogigiri" cutting technique to increase the surface.
If you like, you can make a decorative cut on the shiitake mushrooms.
Cut the Negi (long green onion) diagonally, and separate white and green parts (we will add them to the pot at different times).
Pour hot water over aburaage to get rid of the factory oil. Some people skip the step as the oil used is cleaner these days. I do it anyway to get rid of excess oil. [Optional] Cut into smaller pieces. I cut into triangles.
Cut the chicken into smaller bite-size pieces. I use "Sogigiri" technique to create a bigger surface of the chicken so it will cook faster and absorb more flavors.
Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add the frozen udon noodles and loosen it with chopsticks. As soon as they are loosened (30 seconds or so), drain the udon noodles into a colander and set aside. If you use dry noodles, follow the package instructions.
Add 3 Tbsp mirin and 3 Tbsp miso (keep 1 Tbsp for later. Why? Read my post.). I use a Miso Muddler and it works wonderfully to make sure miso is dissolved completely. You should place miso in a ladle and use chopsticks to let miso dissolve inside the ladle before releasing it into the dashi. That way you can make sure there are no miso chunks left at the bottom of the pot.
Add 1 Tbsp miso in the soup. Be careful not to drop the chunk of miso. Use a ladle as a “mixing bowl” so you won’t lose the miso.
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