Fried Udon Noodles (Yaki Udon)

Comfort food, J-style. Whip up a portion when you’re after a filling lunch or dinner!


Serves: 2

  • 2 packs soft boiled udon noodle
  • 70g smoked pancetta cubes
  • 1/2 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 carrot, cut into stripes
  • 2 leaves green cabbage, diced
  • 80g bean sprouts
  • 40g ginger, finely sliced into stripes
  • 4 stems spring onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp oil


For the seasoning mixture:

  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp mirin
  • black pepper
  • Some katsuobushi (drind bonito flakes)
  • Some aonori (green nori flakes)
  • Some sushi-gari


  1. Pour boiling water over udon noodles, stirring until disentangled, then drain water.
  2. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and fry the pancetta cubes until brown. Then add the onion, carrot and cabbage and cook for a few minutes.
  3. Add udon noodles, bean sprouts and ginger to the pan, then stir-fry everything together.
  4. Pour the seasoning mixture into the pan, stir-fry until the liquid evaporates.
  5. Top with katsuobushi and aonori, and serve hot.