The Beef Udon soup was delicious but I couldn’t help thinking of Greasy Sae’s wild dog soup – this, like her soup, was being heated in a huge pot that everyone got spooned from like a big communal party. You pay at one counter and move over to the next one with your bowl. A few ladles of soup, a plop of udon and off you went. I knew immediately I had found Katniss’ dish. Sure her favorite dish at the Capitol might have been lamb stew but she was a District 12 citizen through and through – lamb stew was nice but it was wild dog soup that would call her home.
Beef Udon Noodle Soup (adapted from here)
2 tablespoons olive oil
8 ounces mushrooms
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup carrot, thinly sliced
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons sake
2 tablespoons chili-garlic sauce
6 cups beef stock
1 pound beef round steak, thinly sliced
2 cups udon noodles, pre-cooked
In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add mushrooms, garlic, and carrots. Saute for 2-3 minutes, until garlic is fragrant. Stir in soy sauce, sake, and chili garlic sauce. Cook an additional 2-3 minutes, until mushrooms release their water. Add beef stock. Let simmer for 10-15 minutes. Then, add steak, simmering an additional 3-5 minutes to make sure beef is cooked through. Stir in noodles and serve immediately.
Take care not to overcook the noodles, they should be chewy!!
Until the next time my oven is on…