Niku Udon | Beef Udon

Recipe by Lace ZhangDifficulty: Easy


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Chewy udon noodles nestled in piping hot dashi broth, topped with jagged slices of pink-swirled Japanese fishcake, and a tangle of soy-sweetened beef shabu. If you so desire, top with an onsen or jammy egg. I don't usually make my own dashi - I find a good quality dashi bag probably tastes better than whatever I can muster to assemble on my own. They've usually got a mix of different dried fishes in the dashi bag itself. It's exactly like what it sounds - like making tea from a bag, and I often do a cold-brewed version...


  • Dashi Base
  • 320ml dashi (I just use water and a dashi bag)

  • 1 Tablespoon mirin

  • 1 teaspoon to 2 teaspoons light soy (adjust to taste)

  • For the Meat
  • 125g beef or pork shabu slices

  • 1 Tablespoon Mirin

  • 2 teaspoons light soy sauce

  • 2 Tablespoons water

  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  • To finish rest of the dish
  • 1 packet of frozen udon

  • Narutomaki (Fish cake), sliced

  • Spring onions, to garnish


  • Start by prepping your beef slices. In a pot or pan, fry up the beef slices with the sugar, mirin, light soy, and water. Give everything a good mix and allow it to simmer over low for about 6 to 10 minutes. Adjust and taste for seasoning. Set aside.
  • Boil your frozen udon for about a minute. Drain and set aside.
  • For your dashi soup base, just heat everything up together (dashi, mirin, light soy) until it's boiling and piping hot.
  • To assemble, place your udon noodles in a bowl. Arrange some slices of Narutomaki (fish cake) on top, pile your beef over the noodles, then ladle or pour over your hot dashi. Garnish with spring onions and serve.

About Me


When not working on recipes in her kitchen, cranking up her overused commercial (yes, you read that right) oven at home, Lace can be found reading about food, writing impassioned paragraphs about food, thinking about food till the wee hours of the night, shopping for groceries as a serious sport, or gazing longingly at bakery displays.




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