How to Make Udon Noodles: Cooking Japanese Food with Kids

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Want to know how to make Udon Noodles? It isn’t that hard, but required some manual labor. Here I describe an udon-making class we took in Osaka. A few of the kids’ cousins joined in as well. Cooking Japanese food with kids doesn’t have to be hard. Udon is a good place to start.

Note: This is an excerpt from a column I co-write for the Japan Times newspaper.

 

How to Make Udon Noodles in Osaka, Japan

What’s the best thing about exploring Japan with kids? For us, it may be the eating. With two kids born in Tokyo, I can say without a doubt that one of our favorite things to do together is cook, eat, and talk about Japanese food. One of our children’s favorite Japanese meals is also one of the simplest: udon. If you’ve ever dug into a bowl of these thick and hearty wheat noodles, then you’ll know why it has its fans.

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How to Make Udon Noodles: Cooking Japanese Food with Kids

Udon: Cooking Japanese Food with Kids

How to Make Udon Noodles: Cooking Japanese Food with Kids

But can you make udon noodles  yourself? We recently did, and it made for a fantastic afternoon. At Iricosky (pronounced “Irikosuki”), families learn how to make udon noodles in a small apartment near downtown Osaka. The class is very hands-on. In fact, it’s also “feet-on,” but we’ll get to that in a minute. Here we made udon from scratch, transforming raw ingredients into the delectable noodles kids love so much.

All the ingredients for udon noodles are included in the class; however, there are a few suggested items to bring along, such as an apron and containers to carry your udon home. If you prefer, you can also eat your creation right then and there for an additional fee of ¥540 per person.

Making Udon Noodles

How to Make Udon Noodles: Cooking Japanese Food with Kids

How to Make Udon Noodles: Cooking Japanese Food with Kids

How to Make Udon Noodles: Cooking Japanese Food with Kids

Everyone washed their hands and prepared to make noodles. Our instructor handed out the udon recipe and the kids were then presented with the ingredients. Udon uses the basics only: flour, salt and water. The ingredient list is not complicated, but the process has many steps — and some of those steps are literal.

After everything was blended thoroughly, the children kneaded the dough with their hands. This is a labor-intensive task, so the younger kids took turns with my teen and other adults.

After the instructor judged our dough to be ready, we placed the entire mass into plastic bag and put it on the floor. The next step was to step on it — again and again, in small clockwise movements. Everyone brought an extra pair of clean socks, which they put on before they took turns walking over the dough. Remember, it’s wrapped in plastic, so don’t worry about feet coming into direct contact with your dinner…

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How to Make Udon Noodles: Cooking Japanese Food with Kids

How to Make Udon Noodles: Cooking Japanese Food with Kids

How to Make Udon Noodles: Cooking Japanese Food with Kids

 

The entire article can be found at the Japan Times website.

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How to Make Udon Noodles: Cooking Japanese Food with Kids

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