Tsukimi Udon – Moon Viewing Noodles
Tsukimi Udon, or “Moon Viewing” Noodles are named for the egg that’s placed in the bowl as this Japanese dish is served. It’s usually a very simple affair, sometimes even consisting of a bowl of freshly prepared udon noodles, soy sauce, green onions and a raw egg. Today I will show you how to make my version of tsukimi udon using fresh oyster mushrooms, snow peas and a really easy soup broth. Enjoy!
You will need:
- 2 servings udon noodles
- 2 ½ cups water
- 1 ⅓ teaspoons dashi powder
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 3 tablespoons mirin
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 small pieces of lemon zest
- 6 snow peas
- 1 cup oyster mushrooms (or whatever you got)
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 eggs
Start with 2 saucepans, one large and one small. Fill the large sauce pan with water and bring to a rolling boil. While you’re waiting for that, combine the soy sauce, mirin and brown sugar in a small bowl. Put 2 ½ cups of water in the small saucepan and the dashi powder. Bring to a simmer to dissolve the dashi powder then add ⅔ of the soy mixture. Bring to a boil, stir to combine, then lower the heat to simmer. At this point, you can add the snow peas so they cook briefly.
Shred the oyster mushrooms to manageable pieces then add to a frying pan on high heat with 2 tablespoons of butter. Saute the mushrooms for a few minutes til they are fragrant and golden brown. Add the remaining soy mixture and continue cooking til the mixture thickens. Set aside.
Add the udon noodles to the large pot of boiling water and cook til tender (according to directions).
With the eggs, you can serve them raw on top of the hot soup, poached, or make onsen tamago.
To assemble, start by putting a piece of lemon zest on the bottom of each bowl, followed by the strained noodles. Follow that with soup stock and then top with the snow peas, mushrooms and the egg. Garnish with a sprinkle of furikake and serve.
It’s customary to slurp your noodles with enthusiasm, so be sure to enjoy yourself! Do you like to slurp loud or eat your noodles quietly?