Japanese Curry Udon

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Our short reprieve from the cold and snow ended yesterday when we were dumped with more than a foot of snow. The temperature dived below freezing making it a little harder to bear this time after the “warmer” temperature of the past week. Ro-Ri San and the boys raked the roof and cleared the driveway three times. They were out there again this morning clearing the driveway so that Ro-Ri San could drive out to get to work. The only consolation is that it is President’s Day and there is no school today.

Since yesterday was not a day to be out and about, I made something really quick and easy for lunch. This Japanese roux base curry noodles is really simple to prepare if you have the curry sauce mix at hand. There are very few ingredients required and you’ll have a steaming bowl of delicious noodles in no time. This reminded me of the Japanese Curry Ramen I had in Yokosuka last June.

Please use the kind of noodles you prefer. Both udon or ramen will work fine. I boiled a portion of gluten free rice spaghetti for the boys.

Japanese Curry Udon

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Japanese Curry Udon


  • 1 carrot, sliced
  • 1 packet (6 oz/170g) kamaboko, sliced
  • 24 oz (675g) udon
  • 3 tbsp canola oil
  • 8 oz (225g) minced pork
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 packet (3.5 oz/100g) S&B Golden Curry Sauce Mix
  • 4½ cups (1080ml) water
  • Salt
  • Finely sliced green onions
  • Nori


Bring a big pot of water to boil. Blanch carrots. Remove. Add kamaboko slices and boil for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove. Next add udon and cook 2 to 3 minutes or as per packaging instructions. Drain and rinse under cold water. Set aside.

In a medium sized pot, heat oil. Add minced pork and onions. Fry till onions are lightly brown, about 5 minutes.

Add curry sauce mix. Stir till it dissolves.

Pour in water and bring to a boil. Add a little salt if necessary. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for 5 minutes.

Divide noodles into 4 bowls. Pour soup over noodles. Arrange slices of kamaboko, carrots, and nori on noodles. Sprinkle with green onions. Serve immediately.


I am sending this to Presto Pasta Night #205 hosted by Debbi of Debbi Does Dinner and Ruth of Once Upon a Feast.

Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day! 8-)

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44 Responses

  1. Jill Colonna says:

    Gosh. This looks delicious. My husband has discovered Japanese noodles recently and so this is a must for me to bookmark, thank you!

  2. Pam says:

    Yum! This looks delicious! Love the colors in it too!

  3. Adora's Box says:

    Simple but tasty. I love the chewy texture of udon but have never tried it with curry flavoured soup. I’m sure this will be a hit with the children.

  4. Roxan says:

    I LOVE japanese curry! I always have some on hand in my home. It’s such a quick meal to throw together – it only takes a few minutes :)

  5. Lea Ann says:

    I saw pictures of your storm on the news last night and thought about you. This curry looks wonderful. Another bookmarked, I’m a big curry fan.

    • Biren says:

      So sweet of you Lea Ann to think of me. It is still snowing and I think we have about 18 inches total! Can’t wait for it to stop.

      This curry noodles is very simple to make and not very spicy even though I used the medium hot sauce. I think you will enjoy it. :)

  6. You have me DROOLING!!!!! I LOVE curry and udon. MAN, I can’t believe it’s snowing AGAIN!

  7. Julie M. says:

    Oh man. This is my kind of meal. Just delicious looking Biren. Sorry about the snow dump. It’s definitely hard to adjust to once you get those warmer temps. You are welcome to come stay with me anytime for a cold weather break! :)

    • Biren says:

      You are the sweetest! I might have to take you up on your offer as this winter is getting old on me. Perhaps we can cook up a storm then! ;)

  8. Udon is one of my favourite noodles…I have never tried it with Japanese curry though. I think I really should give it a try because it looks so good…!

  9. sarah says:

    nice recipe..looks so yumm!!

  10. Zoe says:

    What a great idea to use Jap curry with Udon noodles! Biren, you are a genius!

  11. LeQuan says:

    My kiddies love those kamaboko slices, I think it’s the pretty pink colour and shape. The presentation of your noodles is beautiful (as always). Ick, sorry about the last dump of snow. Let’s hope it’s the last big snow fall for this winter. I’m glad you have such wonderful helpers though. My little ones need help just walking in deep thick snow. Teehee. Hope you had a lovely long weekend!

  12. tigerfish says:

    Definitely! This is indeed timely for the chilly days :)

  13. Blackswan says:

    Another Japanese? Biren, u’re killing me with all your recipes. Hahaha! Thumbs-up!

  14. That looks so yummy! I absolutely adore Japanese curry -haven’t tried it on noodles though. Sounds like a winning combo!

  15. denise @ bread expectations says:

    Hi Biren :) I haven’t been keeping up with the news or the foodie blogosphere. Sorry to hear about the return of the snow
    :( You really must be tired of it by now…

    I used to turn my nose up at those Japanese instant curry paste blocks…… until I actually tried it! They are actually really delicious, as I was quite shocked to find out LOL I have never thought of making curry noodles with it though – thanks so much for the lovely inspiration. I know my boys would love this :)

    • Biren says:

      Yes, the snow is getting old on me. I am so ready for spring and summer.

      These curry paste bloks are really quite good and they make short work of a tasty but mild curry. Ro-Jiro prefers Japanese curry to the spicy ones that I make from scratch.

  16. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Yum! This looks great!

  17. How cute are those cut out carrots! Nice and simple dish.

  18. Elin says:

    Mmmmmm I am hungry just looking at the screen…lovely japanese curry udon :) Nice presentation too. Thanks for sharing this :)

  19. Jeannie says:

    Your curry paste looks like a piece of chocolates from here:D The udon soup sound like real comfort food for the cold weather.

  20. Mary says:

    That looks so tasty and warming, great for the cooler weather. :) I really like Japanese curries since they are more mild in flavour and it doesn’t have that intense tear inducing heat. :)

  21. I usually have udon noodles with black pepper sauce, my favourite. Never tried it in curry before. This is just perfect for cold weather and rainy days! Looks really scrumptious!

  22. Joanne says:

    This is exactly the kind of dish I need to curl up to now that the frigid weather is back! Looks delicious.

  23. Tiffany says:

    OMG!!!!!!!! This looks sooooooooooo good! I heart Udon!

  24. Juliana says:

    I love the texture of udon, love the idea of curry…looks delicious, specially in this cold weather :-)

  25. Keith loves this curry! We used the same brand Biren! I never thought of making it as noodle soup. This sounds really good and I like the flower shaped carrots!

  26. Victoria says:

    I’ve been craving some good noodle soup and this really looks so easy! I like that you used a pre-packaged curry mix in this soup to add all that flavor without taking forever to develop the flavors yourself.

  27. Reeni says:

    You make the most beautiful and inviting bowls of soup Biren! This looks positively delicious!

  28. What a wonderful looking bowl of curry udon noodles, the flavors here must be fantastic!

  29. Absolutely beautiful dish. The colors are so amazing, and how did you slice your carrots? They are so cute! I’m sorry you’re snowed under. It seems we’ll be getting some tomorrow.


    • Biren says:

      Thanks Kristi! I slice the carrots into coins and then use a vegetable cutter, very similar to that of a cookie cutter to cut out the shapes.

      Stay warm. I hope you will not get as much snow as we did.

  30. DongXing says:

    Biren, now I know what to do with these Golden Curry Sauce Mix. I have seen lots of these sauce mixes at my local chinese shop and often wonder what you do with them. I think this would be a lovely introduction of curry udon for my kids, and a speedy one for the grownups!

    • Biren says:

      This curry sauce mix comes in three levels of heat. I bought the medium hot but to me, it is still very mild. I think your kids will enjoy this curry udon.

  31. Biren, this curry udon looks terrific! After having eaten all the salads, I am really ready for some good udon noodles!

  32. I am so sorry that you are still deep into winter, I can only imagine how the snow must ware quickly. This looks like a wonderfully comforting dish. Your presentation is just so inviting, beautiful :)

  33. Jenna says:

    Oooh, I love Japanese curry! Sadly, it’s been a year and a half since I enjoyed my last bowl of it . . . must correct that asap! =)

  34. this looks amazing. I made a curry-based noodle dish this week and felt like I died and went to heaven. I’m a fan of those. For some reason, though, I am not an udon lover so I’m glad you mention that we can use any noodles. :)

  35. This is gorgeous!! I will have to look for these ingredients! Thanks so much!

  36. Hyosun Ro says:

    I haven’t tried curry in udon, but it sounds delicious. I love udon and curry, so I know I will love this warm bowl of soup on a cold day!

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