Pumpkin Miso Noodles in Shiitake Dashi Broth

International incident noodles party

First of all I’d like to thank and congratulate Penny for coming up with such an innovative way for us to all share the joy of a noodle party, without having to eat them all ourselves, or leave out own homes, for that matter!

So for this party, I came up with this idea that I could infuse miso into udon noodles, and that I could teach myself to hand-pull sad udon noodles. Here is my FAILWHALE tale.

So it all started pretty well. I came across a hand-pulled noodle recipe, which wasn’t udon, but looked pretty good. The ingredients were pretty much:

  • 500gm plain flour
  • 300ml water

The dough came together looking like this:

Following the video, I rested it for 20 minutes, kneaded it until smooth, rested it for another five minutes and kneaded it again. Before the final kneading, I added about 2 tablespoons of white miso, and the same quantity of mashed pumpkin. In retrospect, the pumpkin was a big mistake. Far too watery, so I had to keep adding flour to compensate for the excess moisture. This was the beginning of the FAIL.

To cut a long, arduous, knead-y story short, the resulting dough was far too tight to be stretched, and I resorted to pulling out the pasta machine and super-laminating the dough with ever-increasing amounts of flour.

Not wanting to make ramen/spaghetti sized noodles, I continued on my lazy option, and went for fettucine-shaped noodles. If I had an obaasan (Japanese grandmother) she would have been rather upset. Although if I had an obaasan this travesty of noodle FAIL would never have happened! Seeing as I don’t, I persevered.

And boiled the noodles for about 3 minutes.

In the meantime, I had been simmering shiitake mushrooms and ginger for about two hours, to make a dashi broth.

It was lacking in flavour, so I added about 2 teaspoons of salt. Oh, by the way, that’s a quail egg I’m poaching in the soup ladle there.

My friend Mr R came around to help evaluate my Japanese experiment, which made me a little nervous because he is something of a Nihon-ophile, and had recently returned from Japan with tales of tonkotsu ramen and tonkatsu made from pork ribs, but I had caveated the exercise as experimentation, so he was quite gracious in his reception.

Time to plate up. Add noodles to broth (to keep them from sticking together as you assemble the other ingredients).

For my toppings, I included some silken tofu, shiitake mushrooms from the broth, grilled eggplant and snow peas. Mr R didn’t like quail’s eggs, so I had a poached one on mine, but omitted it from his.

Even though it was a strange fusion of fettucine and Japanese flavours, it all came together rather well.

Though next time, I’ll omit the pumpkin from the noodle, and add more miso. While the noodle had some flavour, it wasn’t nearly enough, considering I had left the broth quite simple (read bland) to compensate for flavoursome noodles.

I’m going to play around with putting other things in my noodles – the next candidate will be harissa!

You can find everyone links to everyone else’s noodles at Jeroxie.com!

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11 Replies to “Pumpkin Miso Noodles in Shiitake Dashi Broth”

  1. I'm really attracted by your dashi broth, simmering shiitake mushrooms and ginger for about two hours. Your house must be full of this sweet shiitake smell. I love it.

  2. Oh, this reminds me of the day I made pumpkin gnocchi. I now know you are supposed to only add a small portion of pumpkin to a large amount of potato, but I used 100% pumpkin, and it was SO watery that I had to add like double its weight in flour. The gnocchi were like bullets! Your noodles still look yummy and your broth, so warm and comforting!

  3. It doesn't look like a fail! And I'm really interested to see harissa noodles, I hope you post about it.

  4. Hey you slackers! I thought the idea was we had to make our own noodles!! 😛

    But seriously, thanks for all the encouragement, and the harissa noodles will be making an appearance at some stage soon.

  5. Anyone who attempts to make their own noodles deserves congratulations in my book!

  6. Nice one on making your own noodles. the skill is knowing what to do to compensate when things don't turn out exactly how they're meant to. Your noodles still turned out well.

  7. Haha slackers! Don't hold back, Billy! 😉

    Good work salvaging the noodles into a tasty dish! Look forward to reading about the harissa noodles.

  8. Although this was a bit short of your expectations, you are well ahead of me – you made your own noodles and dashi! You're next version with harissa sounds fascinating. 😎

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