Okay mari memasak now:
There are so many ingredient that you can put in the udon noodle soup,the soup can be boiled without oil or you can fry the ingredient to get some aroma and taste. Last week kita dah masak boiled udon noodle jadi this time mama masak the later type.Mama used beef,fresh fishballs,soft tofu and oyster mushroom.Tia was really excited to see the tofu,she said "what's this?"
And we need the main ingredient which the udon noodles,mama always used this brand "fresh udon from japan" selling at Jusco for 3.50 each and two packets can serve 4 - 5 people.
Olive Oil (Laleli brand is another great brand for olive oil),vegetraian oyster sauce and local soy sauce (our's is tamim kicap kipas udang masin)
You need 3-4 cloves of garlic and 2-3 shallots,chop the garlic and shallot.Tia and Mia is very smart now since they always in the kitchen and never fail to ask mama many many question,bila main masak2 now they can say "pound your garlic,stir,stir first:)
Then mama boiled the udon.You can actually put the udon straight away into the soup but mama decided to boil and wash it first.If we put straight into the soup it will give " masam' taste a bit which is very common in japanese cooking but mama feels it is better to boil and wash when giving to children under 3 years old,futhermore it tastes better.
heat the pan with olive oil and stir the garlic and shallot.
add in the beef and stir until brown in colour, sebab imported beef kuat bau make sure you fry it until semua buih hilang and bau wangi keluar.
Stir and put in the sofu tofu,stir carefully to avoid mashing the tofu,
Add in water,make sure it is not too much,if too much water you can't really taste the sweetnes of the beef and other ingredients. Add a dash of white pepper and a spoon of soy sauce.
Put in your udon inside the soup.
Lastly add in the mushroom,taste the soup and add salt if required,let it boil for few minutes.
if you need green for your soup,baby spinach goes well with udon soup (and the reason mama used it this morning because mama had it in the kitchen,clean and cut for the next dish which is your chicken and spinach soup for lunch)
After few minutes you'll have this lovely udon noodles soup,as mama mentioned earlier the water shouldnt be too much, as in the above picture it is just nice.
Note: sebenarnya semalam papa ada mentioned about pancake,we makan western breakfast esoklah papa yerr..now mama buka kedai jepun dulu:)
Having two girls in the house is so wonderful,they showed interest in all the women's things like cooking,whenever they asked mama will never simplified the terms for them even they are barely 3 years old.They learned about 'garlic needs to be pound, how to peel the shallot,what is strain,stir,boil,colander,thong,pan,pots, different between olive oil and plam oil etc.You might think that those terms are too complicated to them but you ll be surpise when they used back those words in their conversation " mama i want to pound the garlic, mama must peel the onion firs etc,etc''..semua pun proses belajar.