Jul 29, 2009

Udon with tofu and baby bok choy


Tofu is one of my favorite ingredients to cook with, and eat. The fact that tofu doesn't have flavor on its self makes it so easy to use in any dish. It takes on the flavor that you choose for it. I always make sure that my tofu is organic, that is the most important thing to me, cooking the dish is usually easy and fast. Talking about tofu I have to mention my favorite...smoked tofu, If you tried tofu you are not sure if you like it( happened to me first time I tried it), you should try smoked tofu. Amazing smokey flavor, taste like cheese but of course no dairy, works great cut up and sprinkled over salads. My little one is convinced is cheese so he eats it as a snack with cucumbers, red pepper and carrot sticks. Now back to my dish. I adapted this dish from food network magazine, so many easy recipes you can find on food network.

Ingredients

8 ounces package udon noodles
3 tbsp of sesame oil combined with 1 tbsp of vegetable oil
12 ounces package firm tofu cut in 12 pieces
11 ounces of baby bok choy ( about 7 trimmed and washed)
1 bunch scallions thinly sliced ( green onion)
Large pinch pepper flakes
3 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
pinch sugar
salt and pepper to taste.
sesame seeds to sprinkle (optional)

Pat dry the tofu and cut into 12 pieces.

Cook udon noodles according to package instructions, don't over cook, they will get mushy.
Drain reserving 1/3 cup of the cooking water.


Heat 2 tbsp of the combined oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Season the tofu with salt and pepper. Add the tofu to the skillet and sear until golden brown about 2 minutes a side. Remove from skillet and set aside to keep warm.


Add 1 tbsp of oil to the skillet and the greens. Cook tossing until just wilted. Add the scallions, red pepper flakes, the remanning 1 tbsp of oil the soy sauce and sugar. Add the reserved cooking water and heat to create a broth.


Remove from stove and add the udon noodles, toss to combine.

Sprinkle with sesame seeds if desired, serve warm.

Enjoy!

20 comments:

Anna said...

I love udon, and yours looks delicious and healthy.

Laura said...

Thanks Anna, It is very delicious.

burpandslurp said...

Oh this looks so simple yet so flavorful! I love bok choy, so this is a winner, and the udon noodles is perfect in this...chewy and thick!

Laura said...

I love udon noodles too, I use them every chance I get. The trick is to not over cook them.

Kenny said...

hi laura.
i have never tried udon noodles nor bok choy,but it looks simple 'n' easy 2 make.any subs for bokchoy.where will i get udon noodles?want 2 try this weekend.
love&tc.rekha.

Anonymous said...

Very nice Laura. I'm hearing a lot of tofu talk lately. The bok choy looks great there, Yummy.


Kettledog@foodbuzz

Laura said...

Hi Rekha, the fresh udon noodles you can find it in the refrigerated section of the supermarket. As for the
baby bok choy you can substitute that with baby spinach or any other green leafy you like.

Laura said...

Thank you anonymous.

I love tastes said...

This looks yummy and healthy to eat! Good for you!

Laura said...

Thanks I love Tastes,
It is yummy, and healthy.

Sorina said...

Buna Laura,
Imi pare bine ca ai trecut in vizita prin Bucataria Lumii.
Ti-am adaugat link-ul la blogroll.
Iti doresc sa ai o zi frumoasa.

Laura said...

Thank you Sorina,
Si eu am sa te adaug pe blogroll.
Si eu i-ti doresc zi buna.

Tien said...

Hi, Laura,
I have not tried smoked tofu. I will have to look for it the next time. If you get a chance to try the recipe with Napa Cabbage. It add a bite of sweetness. Yum...-Tien :)

Laura said...

Hi Tien,

I have tried it with asian greens but not with Napa cabbage, I'll have to do that next time. Thanks for the idea.

She-Fit said...

I've just recently started eating tofu. This recipe looks amazing! I might just have to try it. Thanks :)

Laura said...

My pleasure She-Fit,
I hope you are going to like it.

Shannon said...

Delicious! I made this for dinner and my husband and I loved it. Very healthy and I loved the udon noodles, they were very flavorful. Thanks for posting.

Laura said...

My pleasure Shannon,
Thank you for the feedback :)

Jeff said...

Hey, I just wanted to let you know that I have made this twice now and it has turned out great both times. The second time I made my own udon and it was even better!

Additionally, to other people who may also not have much experience in cooking with Tofu, make sure when you buy the tofu that it is actually firm. Sometimes the package says that it is firm, but when you try to fry it it just turns to mush!

Jeff said...

Hey, I just wanted to let you know that I have made this twice now and it has turned out great both times. The second time I made my own udon and it was even better!

Additionally, to other people who may also not have much experience in cooking with Tofu, make sure when you buy the tofu that it is actually firm. Sometimes the package says that it is firm, but when you try to fry it it just turns to mush!

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