Japanese Udon - Tofu Soup

When I am down with cold or fever, I generally resort to a set of recipes that clears my nose. These recipes are easy on stomach, but not light on flavour; meant to kick start our system with a spicy jolt. Like spicy tomato soup/rasam, Pepper-cumin-garlic rasam, and now miso soup.

Japanese Udon - Tofu Soup

My love for miso is not new. Mellow, but salty, miso makes a great soup. The broth is infused with spicy ginger and fragrant lemongrass and the noodles and tofu are let to soak up the flavour. I made up this recipe according to my tastes; feel free to modify it by adding mushrooms or mixed vegetables.

Ingredients

Silken tofu – ¾ cup, cubed
Dried or frozen udon noodles – 8 oz
White miso – 2 tbsp
Better Than Bouillon – 1tbsp
Ginger – 4 thinly sliced rounds
Lemongrass – 2, sliced, soft light green parts only
Green chilli – 1 (optional)
Scallions – 1, thinly sliced

Shredded ginger for serving (optional)

Method

Boil 4 cups of water with miso, bouillon, ginger, lemongrass and chilli for about 5 minutes. When the flavors have infused well, remove and strain. Transfer the stock back to the sauce pan and bring to a boil. Add udon noodles and cook in the miso broth. When the noodles are almost cooked, add tofu cubes and allow the soup to gently simmer, for about a minute. Let the noodles to cook thoroughly. Ladle onto bowls and serve hot topped with scallions and shredded ginger on the side.

Japanese Udon - Tofu Soup

Tofu is a good vegan source of calcium. Japanese udon-tofu soup is my entry to Beautiful Bones, hosted by Susan of Food Blogga. Its an event focused on bringing awareness about osteoporosis.

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21 comments:

Linda said...

Dear Suganya,

I love tofu in any incarnation. This is a lovely soup!

Arundathi said...

beautiful soup - i love udon too!

Asha said...

I saw Udon Noodles lat week in the store, so plump.aren't they? Haven;t cooked with it yet. Great combo with Tofu. Loved the salad too, Buddhas hand giving you great ideas!:)

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Hi Suganya,

This is just my kind of soup. Boldly flavorful with thick, chewy udon noodles to slurp up! Thank you for a lovely entry.

Cheers,
Susan

Happy cook said...

Delicious soup and love the picture

Hannah said...

Udon, miso, and tofu are some of my favorite things- This sounds like it was meant for me!

Suma Rajesh said...

soup sounds gr8t....and the presentation is too good.....

Laavanya said...

Ginger and lemongrass are definitely great flavours when one is down with a cold.

TheCooker said...

That soup will cure any ailment.

Loved all what you did with Buddha's hand.

Jeanne said...

Never mind the soup - I love, love, love those colourful chopsticks! Gorgeous pictures and recipe.

Raaga said...

I love udon noodles... not sure if we get them here :-)

Supriya Nair said...

Hi Suganya, wonderful soup...wish i could get hold of the ingredients here....Hats off to your creativity for recipes that you created using Buddha's hand...

Sia said...

tofu has become regular in our kitchen and i have been using it in almost every possible dish i feel it fits;) lovely pic as usual sug... never tried udon noodles...

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Susan said...

Those chopsticks practically glow in the dark, very dramatic and stylish.
Nice tangle of noodles, too. ; D

vegeyum said...

Beautiful soup. One variation you might like to try (if I can be so bold) is to add the miso paste at the end. Miso is a live culture and boiling will destroy it. Adding it at the end will retain the culture. I agree with you - miso is wonderful.

Mythili said...

Loveee the splash of colors.. and the soup too!!

Suganya said...

Thanks to everyone for leaving your trail here. Your nice words are appreciated.

Felcy, if your question is about the background, then they are charts bought from craft stores. They come in a variety of colors to choose from.

VY, Please don't hesitate with any suggestions you may have. Miso is new to me and I didn't know that it shouldn't be boiled for long. I will try your method next time I make the soup. Thank you for your valuable input.

Priya said...

I need to get Miso asap now. Everytime I keep dilly dallying since I am not sure I can make use of it all. And thats a nice tip from Vegeyum. Thank you.

Felcy said...

Thanks suganya. Charts!!!. It looks like real counter top. Amazing fotography...!!!

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