May 5, 2009

Guest Chef: George!

Udon and Broccoli A La George!

Udon Ingredients:

1 lb (ish) udon (fresh or frozen)
1 carrot
1/2 onion
3 cloves garlic
3 or 4 green onion stalks
2 T. sesame seeds
1-2 T. rice vinegar
1 T. sesame oil
1-2 T. soy sauce
vegetable oil


Boil water for udon - cook for about 1 minute and then strain and rinse with tap water until cool to touch. set aside.
clean and slice mushrooms, carrots, onion, and green onion (separate white and green parts). Mince the garlic. Blanch carrot to begin with - put large frying pan (with lid) over high heat. Add a small amount of water when pan is hot, then add carrot and cover, add a small amount of vegetable oil if desired. Stir occasionally, carrot will probably char a bit, but once they're soft enough add onion, garlic, white parts of the green onion, and mushrooms and a little bit more vegetable oil. Let cook for about a minute.

After vegetables have cooked for a bit, add udon, soy sauce, vinegar, and sesame oil. stir fairly constantly for another minute or so before adding green onion (just want them to wilt) and turning off the fire.

sprinkle sesame seeds on and adjust vinegar, soy sauce, and sesame oil levels to taste.



3 heads broccoli (torn apart - see pic)
3-4 cloves garlic (minced)
vegetable oil
salt to taste

1 heaping tsp. corn starch
3/4 c. water


blanch the broccoli - small amount of water and broccoli in a covered pan until broccoli turns nice and green and slightly soft but still firm.
While broccoli is blanching, combine cornstarch and water (start with the water and add the cornstarch to the water), stir until cornstarch is completely dissolved.
Strain broccoli then add 1 T. vegetable oil and garlic to the pan. cook the garlic for roughly 30 sec before adding the broccoli back in to the pan. stir for about a minute. Pour in the cornstarch mixture and stir until sauce thickens. Add salt to taste.

Yum deliciousness!!!