Recipe For Homemade Flavouring For Noodles
Me again! My young girls love those packets of Asian dry noodles. I'm totally against them as, from what I've read, they have zero nutritional content. What concerns me more, however, are those sachets that accompany them - toxic! We've compromised and they can have high quality soba/udon Japanese noodles, but I want to know if there is a recipe (dried ingredients only) that they can prepare in advance to take back to boarding-school with them. I don't mind them having them as a supplement only, but they need to be much healthier than that garbage from the supermarket! Thanks in advance - again!
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But I think it would be pretty easy to MacGyver.
Look for a homemade udon noodles recipe and/or compare some of the real ingredients on the package label of the instant.
Then buy the dried versions of the makings. Most of the things that do or could go into the soup come in dried versions - garlic, ginger, mushroom, onion, soup broth flavoring, dried meat or fish. If you can't find some of the ingredients in your local stores, look to online merchants. It will be worth your while to buy some of the ingredients in bulk, both to pack for taking back to school and for home use.
The only things that will likely be unavailable dry could be bought in small bottles and stored at room temp several months at school - soy sauce, sesame oil, hot sauce.
*bonito flakes, chilies or chile flakes and/or seaweed
Mirin and/or sake
Once you remove the ingredients that have names that can be substituted with a chemical formula, you're not left with much. The girls also want this to be vegetarian, so most boosters and stocks are out (our housekeeper also suggested Vegeta and vegetable stock cubes.)
The oldest girl is doing home economics this year so I suggested she put this to her teacher and they are now going to do this as a class project!
They girls have their "noodle kit" at school (sambal, tamari, chilli oil, etc.) but the noodles really need something added to give them a "depth" of flavour.
Will post a recipe when we have it. Thanks!
Protein - dried tofu or seitan.
Powdered soup base - look for kosher brands. They often have powdered soup base in beef and chicken flavors without any meat products.
There are also good tasting vegetarian soup cubes and powders.
Kosher soup powder. They are ok in terms of natural food elements. For example ingredients in Streit's chicken soup flavored powder: tapioca dextrose; salt; extra virgin olive oil; onion & garlic powders; ground turmeric, celery-seeds & white pepper