Green Tea Broth With Udon Noodles (Mark Bittman)

Recipe by blucoat
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READY IN: 40mins
SERVES: 4
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • Broth
  • 14
    cup green tea leaves
  • 8
    ounces udon noodles
  • 1
    tablespoon mirin (optional) or 1 tablespoon sugar (optional)
  • Additions to green tea broth with udon
  • 1
    cup finely chopped tomatoes, added to the broth as it simmers (optional)
  • 1 -2
    pinch cayenne (optional) or 1 -2 pinch other ground dried chile, added to the broth as it simmers (optional)
  • 12
    cup cubed tofu, added to the broth when the noodles are nearly finished cooking (optional)
  • 1
    cup precooked small bean, added to the broth when the noodles are nearly finished cooking (like soybeans, adzuki, edamame, or mung) (optional)
  • 4
    scrambled eggs, added to the broth when the noodles are nearly finished cooking (optional)
  • 1
    tablespoon grated peeled fresh ginger, added to the broth as it simmers (optional)
  • 2
    sheets nori, lightly toasted and cut into 1-inch strips, for garnish (optional)
  • 1
    tablespoon sesame seeds, used as a garnish (optional)
  • 1
    teaspoon black mustard seeds (to garnish) (optional)
  • 2
    tablespoons nuts, like pistachios, cashews (optional) or 2 tablespoons hazelnuts, toasted and used as a garnish (optional)
  • 1
    dab wasabi paste (to garnish) (optional)
  • 1
    thinly sliced onion, added to the broth as it simmers or as a garnish (optional)
  • 1
    handful of julienned cucumber, added to the broth as it simmers or as a garnish (optional)
  • 1 -2
    cup shredded lettuce (optional) or 1 -2 cup cabbage, added to the broth as it simmers or as a garnish (optional)
  • 1
    cup mung bean sprouts, added to the broth as it simmers or as a garnish (optional)
  • 2
    tablespoons candied ginger, added to the broth as it simmers or as a garnish (omit the mirin or sugar) (optional)
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DIRECTIONS

  • Put 7 cups water in a large pot with a tight-fitting lid and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and let rest for a couple minutes. Stir in the tea leaves (or use a tea ball, cheesecloth, or some other mesh contraption), cover, and steep until fragrant and richly colored, 5 to 10 minutes. Strain the “tea broth" through a strainer and put the tea in a large saucepan. Discard the tea leaves.
  • Bring the tea broth to a boil and sprinkle with salt. Stir in the udon. When the broth returns to a boil, add 2 cups of cold water. When the liquid returns to a boil, turn the heat down so that it bubbles gently without overflowing. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the noodles are just tender, usually 5 to 7 minutes, but it could be more depending upon the brand you use. Taste and add more salt, a few grinds of pepper, and the mirin or sugar, if you like, and serve.
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