Udon Soup with Prawns and Poached Egg

So, there's this Japanese movie, Tampopo, all about a woman's quest to serve the perfect noodle soup in her small roadside soup shop. If nothing else, its an interesting look at Japanese food culture.

Anyway, inspired by that and memories of walking by this (Japanese, I think) soup shop ever day we were in Paris last year, I decided we should try and make Japanese. soup. Our local bodega, P&C Market, sells Japanese noodles (both soba and udon), so we gave it a whirl. It actually turned out pretty good for the first shot.

Udon Soup Before Broth
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Dashi (Japanese Seaweed Stock)

This is a basic recipe for dashi, or seaweed stock (as I would describe it). It is the basis for many Japanese soup recipes. I consider the American equivalent (not in flavor, but in use) to be chicken stock.

  • 4 large strips of Dried Kombu (dried kelp), cut into roughly 4x4 inch squares
  • 1 Tbsp mushroom buillon base
  • 6 cups of cold water
  • 6 dried shiitake mushrooms
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