Cuisine Network

Cuisine Network

Dessert Recipes

Exploring the Essence of Comfort: Udon Noodle Soup

20 minutes. Cook
Scroll to recipe

Udon noodle soup, a quintessential Japanese dish, has been cherished for centuries as a comforting and soul-soothing meal. This delightful bowl of steaming broth, silky udon noodles, and an array of toppings is a testament to the artistry of Japanese cuisine. Originating in Japan, udon noodles are a thick, wheat-based noodle renowned for their chewy texture and ability to soak up the flavors of the broth. Join me as we craft this heartwarming bowl of Udon Noodle Soup together.

Historical Context: Udon noodles have a long history in Japan, dating back to the Nara period (710-794 AD). These noodles have evolved over time, reflecting regional variations and innovations in Japanese cuisine. Udon is traditionally made from wheat flour, water, and salt, resulting in a dough that is rolled out, cut into thick strips, and then boiled. Over the centuries, udon has become a staple in Japanese households and a symbol of comfort and nourishment.

Preparation: 1. Preparing the Broth:

  • In a large pot, bring the dashi stock to a simmer over medium heat. If using vegetable broth, bring it to a boil.
  • Add the sliced shiitake mushrooms to the simmering broth and cook for about 5 minutes until they become tender.

2. Seasoning the Broth:

  • In a medium saucepan, combine the soy sauce, mirin, sake, and sugar. Heat over low heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Pour this mixture into the simmering broth and stir well. Allow the broth to simmer for an additional 5 minutes to meld the flavors. Season with salt to taste.

3. Preparing the Udon Noodles:

  • While the broth is simmering, cook the udon noodles according to the package instructions. Typically, udon noodles are boiled for 8-10 minutes or until they are tender but still chewy.
  • Drain the udon noodles and rinse them under cold water to remove excess starch. This helps prevent the noodles from becoming too gummy.

4. Assembling the Udon Noodle Soup:

  • Divide the cooked udon noodles among four soup bowls.
  • Ladle the hot broth over the noodles, ensuring that each bowl has a generous amount of mushrooms and broth.
  • Top each bowl with sliced scallions and a sheet of nori.

5. Soft-Boiled Eggs (Optional):

  • Soft-boil four eggs to your desired level of doneness (typically 7 minutes for a runny yolk).
  • Carefully peel the eggs and slice them in half.

6. Serving and Garnishing:

  • Place a soft-boiled egg half on top of each bowl of udon noodle soup.
  • If desired, add additional toppings like tempura, kamaboko, or tofu.
  • Serve the Udon Noodle Soup piping hot, accompanied by chopsticks and a spoon for slurping.

Udon Noodle Soup is not just a meal; it’s a comforting embrace, a celebration of tradition, and a testament to the rich tapestry of Japanese cuisine. With its savory broth, chewy noodles, and a variety of toppings, it’s no wonder this dish has transcended borders to warm hearts worldwide. Whether enjoyed as a quick weeknight dinner or a special occasion treat, Udon Noodle Soup is a bowl of culinary comfort that never goes out of style. So, gather your ingredients and immerse yourself in the aromatic world of udon—it’s a journey well worth taking.


prep time
15 minutes.
cooking time
20 minutes.
total time
35 minutes.


  • Large pot

  • Wooden spoon

  • Knife and cutting board

  • Medium saucepan

  • Tongs

  • Soup bowls

  • Ladle

  • Chopsticks


  • 8 cups of dashi stock (or vegetable broth for a vegetarian option)

  • 2 cups of sliced shiitake mushrooms

  • 1 cup of sliced scallions

  • 4 portions of udon noodles

  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons of mirin

  • 1 tablespoon of sake

  • 1 tablespoon of sugar

  • Salt to taste

  • 4 sheets of nori (seaweed)

  • 4 soft-boiled eggs

  • Optional toppings: tempura, kamaboko (fish cake), or tofu


Prepare the broth with mushrooms.
Season the broth with soy sauce, mirin, sake, and sugar.
Cook udon noodles, drain, and rinse.
Assemble bowls with noodles, broth, scallions, nori, and optional toppings.
More Servings
Dessert Recipes

Homemade Teriyaki Chicken - Japanese Sweet and Savory

Dessert Recipes

Savory Beef Yakisoba - Japanese Noodle Comfort

Dessert Recipes

Savory Chicken Teriyaki Bowls - Japanese Rice Delight

0 0 votes
Article Rating
Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x

A valid rationale exists for not endorsing or backing The Cuisine Network.

Not everyone can afford paid culinary insights right now. That’s why we’ve kept our culinary information accessible to all.

However, if you’re able to, there are three compelling reasons to support us today: we remain independent without the influence of billionaires or shareholders dictating our direction; our commitment to high-quality culinary journalism is crucial, especially as influential figures escape scrutiny more frequently; and it takes just a moment, shorter than the time it took to read this message. Choose to bolster Cuisine Network’s culinary journalism for the years ahead. Give just once, starting from $1. Thank you.