Yaki Udon


A Japanese classic with delicious thick Udon noodles, a simple sauce, steak and vegetables. This Yaki Udon is a perfect quick weeknight meal.

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Yaki Udon
25 minutes 2 people Main course
Yaki Udon


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  • 200 grams of Udon noodles
  • 200 grams steak
  • big handful of mushrooms
  • 100 grams of cabbage (Chinese cabbage or another type of cabbage)
  • 2 spring onions
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon mirin
  • optional: 1 teaspoon oyster sauce
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  • mushroom brush or kitchen paper
  • chopping board & chef's knife
  • small bowl
  • spoon
  • medium saucepan
  • colander
  • wok
  • slotted spoon

Yaki Udon

25 minutes 2 people Main course

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Preparation – 15 minutes

Remove the steak from the refrigerator in advance. Clean the mushrooms with a mushroom brush or kitchen paper. Cut the mushrooms into thick slices.

Wash the cabbage and cut it into pieces, not too thick but not too fine either. Cut the spring onion into thick rings. Cut the steak into thin strips.

Mix together the soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil and rice wine. You can add oyster sauce, too, if you want.

Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil. Boil the udon noodles in this for a few minutes and then drain.

Yaki Udon
Yaki Udon

Finishing Yaki Udon – 10 minutes

Heat a wok over high heat and add a dash of oil as soon as the wok starts to smoke. Stir fry the steak pieces briefly and then slide them aside.

Add the mushrooms to the centre of the wok and stir fry until they start to colour. Add the cabbage and stir fry for a few more minutes, mixing well.

Pour in the soy mixture and stir well until the vegetables are al dente. Don't cook it for too long, because then the steak will become dry.

Stir in the noodles together with the spring onion and serve immediately. Enjoy your dinner!

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Yaki Udon: frequently asked questions

What does Yaki Udon mean?

Yaki udon means fried udon or fried noodles. It is a wok dish with meat and vegetables.

What are Udon noodles?

Udon noodles are thick Japanese noodles, they are soft and are made from wheat flour, water and salt. This explains why they are so white; no egg is added.