Working at home is not easy, the laziness is keeping growing in your blood and you are keeping fighting them back. I always found difficult to have a quick lunch without eating boring sandwiches. Today’s lunch time, I reluctantly moved myself to the fridge and opened it……what can I do? I found some sausages I cooked yesterday, half of a iceberg lettuce, and….. a bag of Udon noodles! This certainly has raised my eyebrow, perfect, I can make all these leftovers into a delicious Udon noodle soup in no time!
Ingredients (serves 2):
Udon Noodles (a kind of Japanese rice noodle, widely available in shops): 2 packs;
Cooked sausage: 4-5
Lettuce leaves: 4-5
Noodle soup: sesame oil 1 teaspoon, chicken powder 1 teaspoon, light soy sauce 1 tablespoon, salt season to taste.
1) Start with everybody can do: boil an egg. I like to boil it from cold water for 6-8minutes when the egg yolk just gets firm, as most of Asian noodle bars do. You can also do the running yolk version.
2) Slice the sausages into pieces, using the knife with an angle so you get the most of the cutting surface. Pan fry them with a drizzle of cooking oil until they are warm and a bit crispy. This may take about 3-4 minutes.
3) Meanwhile, as the sausages sizzling in the pan, make a quick noodle soup. This is dead easy: mix the light soy sauce, sesame oil and chicken powder in your serving bowl, pour in some boiling water until it reaches half bowl mark, season to taste with a bit of extra salt.
Tip: Chicken powder is widely available in normal supermarkets. If you don’t have them, put half a teaspoon sugar instead. This will compensate the tiny bitterness of the soy sauce and still give you a good flavour. Please DON’T put gravy in, the gluey consistency will make the soup all wrong.
4) Boil the Udon noodle in hot water (totally covered) for 4-5 minutes or until it’s soft and a bit chewy. Drain the noodles and transfer them to the ready-made soup. You can also use the water left in the pot to pouch the lettuce leaves, just boil them for 1 minute until they are just starting to get soft.
Plate the noodles in the soup first, then decorate the top with sausages slices, halved egg and some lettuce, pretty, ha? You can do this with other leftover as well: roast chicken, fried bacon, pac choi……anything you can think really.