Cute Fish Cakes in Udon Noodle Soup

by | Dec 16, 2022 | NEW 10, Soups for Children, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Soup Name:

Cute Fish Cakes in Udon Noodle Soup

Chinese Name:

魚蛋湯烏冬(yú dàn tāng wū dōng)

 

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I couldn’t contain myself when I saw these amazingly cute fish cakes in Jusco Supermarket during our visit back to Hong Kong!  These Japanese supermarkets are AMAZING!  And when I was here a few years ago, they didn’t have the same selection of fish cakes, so I simply had to buy (and try) them all!

To be honest, fish cakes are fish cakes are fish cakes, but the appeal is definitely in how cute they can be presented.  Even for an adult 🙂  

What’s involved?

Prep time: 5 mins

Cook time: 10 mins

Total time: 15 mins

Serves: 2 bowls

Ingredients
  • Your choice of fish balls or fish cakes
  • 2 packs of fresh udon
  • 1 tablespoon of chicken broth
  • Fresh vegetables (I went with baby lettuce as they were super fresh here at the wet mart)
  • 1L of water
  • Green onions to garnish
Cooking Instructions
  1. Slice your fish cakes as needed into the thickness you’d like.  If you’re frying, I tend to go with 1-2 cm in thickness, but in soup, any thickness is fine as these are already all pre-cooked.
  2. Begin to boil your soup water
  3. As soon as it boils, add in your fresh udon to boil until it completely loosens in the soup (use chopsticks to get a sense of this, it should be separately in strands).  If you’re using frozen, you may need to boil it longer until it softens.
  4. Add in your fish cakes or fish balls.  Let that come to a boil for another 1-2 minutes.
  5. Drop in your fresh vegetables and bring that to a boil.  I’ll let that flash boil and then remove it from the heat right away.
  6. Serve, garnish, and enjoy!!

Making quick boil udon discoveries:

  • Fish cakes are made of fish paste (ground fish) and some flavoring (pepper, salt, colors), but they essentially all taste the same!
  • They are available in most of the Japanese supermarkets in Hong Kong only, I couldn’t find them in the local ones.  There are different ones available, just not these cute cartoon characters (which makes part of the appeal!)
  • You can slice as much as you need keep the rest in the fridge or freezer.  I will also pre-slice a few and keep a variety pack in the freezer to defrost if I want to make single portions of this as part of a meal.
  • You can pan-fry them for a toasted flavour!

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