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Udon with Shiitake Mushrooms & Braised Baby Bok Choy

Udon with Shiitakes and Bok Choy

Goes great with any Chinese, Japanese or Taiwanese meals. I like to top Udon with Shiitakes with these Braised Baby Bok Choy to add some greens to the dish.

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Ingredients

Udon with Shiitake Mushrooms

Udon Sauce

Braised Baby Bok Choy

Instructions

Udon with Shittake Mushrooms

  1. If using dried udon noodles, cook in boiling water for 2/3 the amount of time recommended on the package, then drain and run cold water over the noodles to stop the cooking. If using fresh noodles, just untangle noodles with your fingers (do not pre-cook). Set aside.
  2. Mix together udon sauce ingredients; set aside.
  3. In a hot wok or cast iron skillet over high heat, add 1 tablespoon of oil, shallot and garlic; stir briefly for a couple of seconds being careful not to let them brown. Add cabbage, carrot and mushrooms, stir-frying for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Remove vegetables from pan and wipe out pan. Return to heat and add remaining tablespoon of oil. When hot add egg (if using, or silken tofu plus a pinch of turmeric) and noodles, stir-frying until heated through. If the noodles begin to stick add another teaspoon or two of oil.
  5. Add veggies back to the pan along with the sauce and stir-fry over high heat until noodles just start to caramelize or until all ingredients are hot. If using a low-power burner, the noodles may never caramelize, but the dish will still be delicious. Do not cook more than 2 minutes.

Braised Baby Bok Choy

  1. Fill a large bowl with water and soak the whole baby bok choy fully submerged; swish the bok choy vigorously to remove as much dirt and debris as possible. Lift bok choy out of the bowl and into a colander; discard the soaking water.
  2. Cut the very end of the stem off and then cut bok choy in half through the middle of the stem (the long way) so that all of the leaves remain attached.
  3. In a Dutch oven or 6-8 liter stock pot*, bring sauce ingredients to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and add bok choy placing the stem ends directly into the liquid and standing the leaf ends up like flowers. Cover the pot and cook for 7 minutes*.
  4. Serve immediately while hot.

Notes

*If using full-sized bok choy, cook in slightly smaller diameter pot (so that the bok choy will stand up) and cook for 10 minutes instead of 7.

Nutritional Info (per serving): Calories 342, Total Fat 8.1g, Saturated Fat 1.6g, Cholesterol 87.6mg (if egg is used, 0mg if using tofu), Sodium 340mg, Total Carbohydrate 55.7g, Dietary Fiber 5.6g, Sugars 8.5g, Protein 13.2g, Vitamin A 19%, Vitamin C 55%, Calcium 13%, Iron 19%