Lemongrass & Mushroom Udon Noodle Soup {Recipe Redux}

Jan 21, 2013
RecipeRedux theme for this month is "A Trend in Every Pot" - predicting what will be hot this year on restaurant menus and in supermarkets, and incorporating that into a soup, stew, one-pot meal or Crock Pot recipe.

2013 is going to be an interesting year for foodies because
cauliflower, one of the most overlooked vegetable is expected to be the show stopper - so long kale! Then there is  popcorn, artisan bread and upscale Ramen. In college, my idea of Ramen was slurping sodium laden soup straight from a Styrofoam cup. Since it was pretty cheap and readily available, it was a staple in my diet for first couple years and I got sick of it. I am excited to see what will the The Rise of Ramen be like but for now I have found comfort in Udon noodles, type of thick wheat-flour noodle used in Japanese cuisine.


There is something healing and soothing about this bowl of flavorful broth accompanied by thick, chewy noodles with meaty textured mushrooms and mild flavor from lemongrass. 




Lemongrass, a stalky plant with lemon scent is the star in this broth. Lemongrass grows in many tropical climates, most notably in Southeast-Asia and frequently used ingredient in Thai & Vietnamese cooking. I have also seen them being used in a lot of curries, wok-dishes, soup, and even tea. 

I loved the fresh, very prominent lemony flavor it imparts to the dish, therefore I tried to use all of its edible part with the stock. The stalk has many layers, and it may look little intimidating and confusing in the beginning but check this youtube video, it was pretty helpful! 



I added few other ingredients : chopped scallions, dried whole Champignons mushroom , fish sauce, soy sauce, chicken bouillon cubes, and lots of lemongrass. However, I
only used few key ingredients so I could enjoy the flavor and texture of each component in this dish. The lemony flavor of lemongrass was subtly present throughout the bowl while whole mushrooms added lot of meaty texture to the soup. 

Lemongrass & Mushroom Udon Noodle Soup
Serves 2-3 big bowl  


Ingredients
1 chicken or vegetable bouillon cube (may use any other broth)
3-4 ounce udon noodles* (cook according to the instruction on the package)
3-4 green scallions, chopped
3 tablespoon fish sauce
3 tablespoon soy sauce
1 lemongrass, sliced/chopped edible parts (refer the video)
5 Champignons mushroom, dried (may use other kind)
about 6-8 cups water (if using broth, reduce the water)
salt to taste
bean sprouts, fresh mint, basil (optional for garnish)

Directions

-In a medium quart pot, heat up the water & chicken bouillon cube until the cube dissolves
-Add all the above ingredients except for noodles and garnishes
-Continue simmering for 20-25 minutes until the flavor and aroma from lemongrass infuses with the stock and dried mushroom softens
-Cook the noodles separately and keep it aside
-Strain the broth, free of any lemongrass stalks & green onions but save the mushrooms
-Pour broth on serving bowl, add noodles and mushroom
-Garnish with fresh mint or bean sprouts

* you may other noodle of your choice and feel free to add other vegetables/meat/tofu.

 

Also, remember to check out recicpes from other Recipereduxers below!

22 comments:

  1. Simple and delicious~my kind of soup! Love lemongrass, but haven't been able to track it down my last few shopping trips. I'll definitely have to try to find it again, because your soup looks soo.... good!

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    1. i found it in Asian grocery store and i have seen some people use it in tub (premade stuff) as well!

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    1. thanks Nina! let me know how you like it :)

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  3. I love soups like this! So simple yet hearty and satisfying! I'm glad you're excited about the rise of ramen and noodles as much as I am ;)

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    1. Cant wait to see what noodles has in store this year!

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  4. Mmm..that looks so good, I want a bowl right now! I especially love that the recipe includes fish sauce - I need more recipes with it now that I have it in my house!

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    1. yea fish sauce adds another layer of flavor besides just regular soy sauce i think!

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  5. I just started getting into udon noodles since living in Singapore. I love them because they offer a different texture which other noodles can't provide! I am a fan!

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    1. oh yea! so thick and chewy. I am addicted to that texture!

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  6. Looks delicious. I've always wanted to experiment with lemongrass. I think it is time I did exactly that!

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    1. thanks :)let me know how you like it.

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  7. I love this time of year--I love awaiting the new food trends! Lemongrass udon sounds delish.

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    1. thanks Christina. I am excited to see what this year food scene will be like!

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  8. Great primer on lemongrass! I learned a thing or two...also love the idea of making a simple (udon!) soup to make the lemony flavor shine!

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    1. its such a simple broth but full of flavor.

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  9. looks so yummy... lemongrass reminds me of Thai food. you have a lot of great recipe up your sleeve. :)

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    1. thanks Nisha. It was pretty delicious and great for chilly days!

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  10. I'm growing my own lemongrass and I never know what to do with it--it grows like a weed and I have SO MUCH of it! So thanks for giving me another idea--this recipe sounds fantastic! :)

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    1. that is so interesting. I absolutely love its flavor and smell.. maybe incorporate into tea, curries. Wonder if you can freeze it?

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  11. I can practically smell this soup - and I'm eager to make it. I rarely cook with udon noodles or lemongrass but love both when I eat out so your recipe is my inspiration to make at home more often!

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  12. I will confess - I don't think I've ever cooked with lemongrass, but really want to. This sounds so comforting :)

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