Thick and chewy slurpable udon noodles swimming in a rich, flavourful curry sauce! This vegan Japanese Curry Udon is warming, comforting and so satisfying. Super easy to make in just 15 minutes!

Callin’ all the noodle lovers!

Todays recipe for curry udon is super simple, super easy and highly delicious– just some thick chewy noodles with fried tofu pouches, veggies and a flavourful creamy rich curry that will comfort you like no other noodle soup. Plus, it’s a great way of using leftover vegan Japanese curry from yesterday!

Ingredients (+substitutions)

There are three components to curry udon: noodles + add-ins, soup base and the curry. For the add-ins, this is what I typically use but you can add anything you have on hand.

Soup base (2 options)

  1. Vegan mentsuyu + water
  2. Vegan dashi broth, soy sauce + sake

Curry flavour (3 options)

  1. Curry roux (store bought or homemade)
  2. Japanese curry powder, starch, water + sugar
  3. Left over curry

Noodles + Add-ins:

  • Onions
  • Mushrooms
  • Carrots
  • Aburaage (fried tofu skin)
  • Udon noodles

Udon noodles: fresh, dry or frozen?

Udon comes in 4 different forms: dry, vacuum sealed ‘fresh’, frozen & freshly made. I usually go for the frozen udon noodles because they tend to be thicker, chewier and are more convenient.

Frozen and fresh udon noodles require a very short cooking time (more like just re-heating). However, if using dry udon noodles be sure to cook them following the instructions minus 1-2 minutes so they don’t get soggy.

How to make it

Curry udon is real quick and easy to make, which is why its so popular among students and busy moms. It’s kinda like an upgraded version of instant noodles. Ready in 15 minutes, this is how it goes down:

  1. Prep the aburaage: To remove excess oil from the aburaage, simply just pour boiling water over and then squeeze it out.
  2. Cook the veggies: Fry the onions, mushrooms and carrots. Then the aburaage.
  3. Soup base: Add the soup base of your choice to the pot and then once boiling, reduce to a simmer. This is when I’ll start cooking the udon.
  4. Curry: Dissolve the curry roux or curry slurry into the soup by adding it to a ladle first and slowly dissolving and mixing it in. Simmer and stir until thickened.
  5. Serve: Add udon noodles to a bowl and pour the curry soup over. Garnish with green onions and togarashi for a bit of spice.

If you’re craving something hearty and comforting this curry noodle soup is here for you. It’ll fill your belly and give you the warmest hug. Enjoy and slurp uppp!

More ways to use udon noodles:

  • Tanuki udon (chilled udon noodles)
  • Yaki udon
  • Tempura udon (coming soon)
  • Kitsune udon (hot udon noodle soup)

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Vegan Curry Udon (カレーうどん)


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  • Author: Lisa Kitahara
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x

Description

Thick and chewy slurpable udon noodles swimming in a rich, flavourful curry sauce! This vegan Japanese Curry Udon is warming, comforting and so satisfying. Super easy to make in just 15 minutes!


Ingredients

Scale

Udon noodles:

  • 1 small onion (150g)
  • 4 oz container of button mushrooms (100g)
  • 1/2 small carrot (40g)
  • 2 aburaage pouches
  • 2 serving of frozen udon noodles (500g)

Soup base:

  • Option 1: 1/4 cup vegan mentsuyu + 2 3/4 cup water
  • Option 2: 3 cups vegan dashi broth + 1 tbsp soy sauce + 1 tbsp sake

Curry flavour:

To serve:

  • 2 scallions, sliced
  • Togarashi

Instructions

  1. Place aburaage in a bowl of boiling water to remove excess oil. Squeeze the water out and then cut it lengthways into 1/2 inch strips.
  2. Over medium heat, fry the onions, mushrooms and carrots for 3 minutes. Fry aburaage and fry for another 1 minute. 
  3. Add the soup base (choose one of the two options) and then once boiling, reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. In the meantime, cook udon noodles.
  4. Turn off the heat, add the curry roux and dissolve it into a ladle. If using curry slurry mixture to a ladle and melt it thorough over medium-low heat. Stir until slightly thickened. Serve udon noodles and top with the curry soup. Serve with green onions and togarashi. 

Notes

  • Nutritional Information Disclaimer: Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated on an online tool (Cronometer). 
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: entree
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: vegan, japanese

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 serving

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About Lisa

I'm Lisa, a home cook, recipe developer and founder of Okonomi Kitchen. Here, you'll find a mix of classic and modernized Japanese recipes, and creative, plant-forward meal inspiration using seasonal ingredients. I hope to share more about Japanese cuisine and culture through food and recipes.


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