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Udon Recipes: The Japanese Noodle That'll Make You Feel Great About Winter

Move over, ramen. Udon's in the house.
11/25/2014 07:00am ET | Updated November 29, 2014

Ramen may be everyone's favorite Japanese noodle soup these days, but just because it's the trendiest doesn't mean it's the best. We're huge fans of ramen -- don't get us a wrong. We could eat ramen for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night snacks any day of the week, instant or otherwise. But it's time to get to know other Japanese noodles, like soba and udon. Because they're made with buckwheat, which is gluten free, soba noodles have gotten their due lately. Udon noodles, however, have been falling by the wayside, and we're here to tell you why you should give them plenty of attention this winter.

Thick, chewy and ridiculously satisfying, udon noodles are in a league of their own. These long, Japanese wheat noodles are great hot or cold, and with a neutral flavor, they're an unmatchable foundation for everything from miso soups to curry. In Japan, kake udon is one of the simplest and most common ways to eat these soft yet sturdy noodles. Udon noodles are served in hot dashi, a Japanese broth made with kombu and bonito flakes, and are topped with scallions. They might also come with tempura or fish cakes. Other popular ways to eat udon noodles include yakiudon, in which the noodles are stir-fried, and zaru udon, in which the noodles are served cold with a soy-sauce based dipping sauce. However you eat udon noodles, they will leave you feeling full but not stuffed, comforted but not sluggish, and completely nourished.

Udon's the comfort food you should be eating this winter, so here are 17 udon noodle recipes to get you inspired.

1
Simple Udon Noodles
The Simple Veganista
Get the Simple Udon Noodles recipe The Simple Veganista
2
Yakiudon
I Am Food Blog
Get the Yakiudon recipe from I Am Food Blog
3
Udon Noodles With Shiitake Mushrooms In Ginger Broth
Martha Stewart
4
Honey Grilled Salmon Over Udon Noodles
The Girl Who Ate Everything
Get the Honey Grilled Salmon Over Udon Noodles recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything
5
Miso Udon Noodle Soup With Spicy Korean Chili Dressing
SeasonWithSpice.com
6
Roasted Butternut Squash And Udon Noodles With Cilantro-Tahini Sauce
Naturally Ella
7
Spicy, Peanutty Udon With Kale
Food52
Get the Spicy, Peanutty Udon With Kale recipe by Laura from Food52
8
Massaman-Inspired Chicken Noodle Soup
Hard Like Armor
9
Spicy Udon Noodles With Peppercorns, Mushrooms And Chinese Broccoli
Food52
10
A Mighty Udon
The Girl Who Ate Everything
Get the Mighty Udon recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything
11
Noodles With Kale And Spicy Rhubarb
Naturally Ella
Get the Noodles With Kale And Spicy Rhubarb recipe from Naturally Ella
12
Mushroom And Tofu Noodle Bowl
Macheesmo
13
Noodles With Mushroom Ginger Dressing
Simply Recipes
14
Asian Noodle Bowls
The Wicked Noodles
Get the Asian Noodle Bowls recipe from The Wicked Noodle
15
15 Minute Udon Miso Noodle Soup
Steamy Kitchen
Get the 15 Minute Udon Miso Noodle Soup recipe from Steamy Kitchen
16
Japanese Noodles With Shimje Mushrooms
Steamy Kitchen
17
Sesame Udon Noodles
Martha Stewart
Get the Sesame Udon Noodles recipe from Martha Stewart

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