How to make this Spicy Bolognese Udon, chewy, udon noodles stir fried in a rich, tomato-based meat sauce with a hint of spice.
Chewy, udon noodles stir fried in a rich, tomato-based meat sauce with a hint of spice – this Spicy Bolognese Udon Noodles recipe combines the best of Italian and Asian flavours!
This is more of a bolognese stir fry, than a saucy one, because stir fried udon just tastes so much more satisfying.
The Spicy Asian-style Bolognese Meat Sauce
This is not your typical saucy bolognese, it’s more of a dry version. It’s not totally dry though. The inclusion of the oyster sauce, light soy sauce, and beef grease (do not drain away, please!) will keep this moist.
While this is a dry version, if I’m making an actual bolognese sauce, I love seasoning this with oyster sauce and light soy sauce too instead of salt too. The umami with the salty is just delicious!
How to Prepare Udon Noodles
I used fresh udon noodles for this. These usually come in blocks, and you will need to prep it before cooking.
To prepare the udon noodles, I like to just place it in a bowl, and pour warm water over it. Using chopsticks or tongs, gently wiggle it so that it comes loose. Be gentle – otherwise it can easily break. Once the noodles are loose, drain the liquid away.
Even if I’m making a soupy noodle dish, I like to prepare it this way first. I find that if I cook it straight in with the soup, it will tend to overcook and turn mushy.
If using any other type of udon noodles, such as frozen, follow the directions on the packet on how to prepare it.
No udon noodles? This works even with pretty much any other noodle! In fact, I love this with spaghetti noodles.
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Spicy Bolognese UdonCourse: Recipes
400g or 2 Servings Udon
200g Ground Beef
1/2 a medium bulb Onion
2 tsps Garlic
1 loose cup or 50g Mushrooms (optional)
1 tbsp Tomato Paste
1 tbsp Chilli Flakes (adjust to preference)
2 tbsps Light Soy Sauce
1 tbsp Oyster Sauce
1/2 cup Water
A handful of Bok Choy
Cilantro for garnishing
1 tbsp Oil
- Prepare udon noodles first according to packet instructions.
- Add a bit of oil to pan, and brown the ground beef first.
- Once brown – a little charry is always ok and good! – add onions, garlic and the mushrooms. Stir fry to combine, and let it get fragrant.
- Add tomato paste next, light soy sauce, oyster sauce and chilli flakes (or bird’s eye chillies!). Stir fry to combine.
- Once fragrant, toss in udon noodles and bok choy (or leafy vegetables of choice).
- Toss until bok choy wilts, and toss in cilantro.
- Done and serve!