Spicy Garlic Udon Noodles

Udon noodles are thick, chewy, wheat-flour noodles. They are a mix of some sliced vegetables, a protein (optional) and a savoury sauce. There are different variations to the sauce ingredients. I have here a simple spicy garlic soy savoury sauce that is oh so easy to put together.

You will love this simple, delicious meal. It is a great weeknight meal; these stir-fried udon noodles are super versatile and taste good with just about anything. They are ready in 20 minutes, start to finish and is an easy way to use up leftovers from your fridge.

The vegetables you can put in these is totally up to you and what you have at your disposal at the time, mushrooms, broccoli, cabbage or even cucumber. Similarly, what protein you add is again totally up to you. I often use minced beef or turkey. You can also use shredded chicken or even shrimp if you choose to get a little fancy. And if you don’t want to use any of these you can keep it without them entirely or just top it off with a fried egg when serving.

I use two types of soy sauce in this, light soy sauce and dark soy sauce. The dark soy sauce is mainly added to lend the dish its rich dark colour. Paired with the light soy sauce, it gives a blend of ideal taste and colour to the dish.  

There are different types of udon noodles, I use the fresh ones. They are really easy to make, I put them in boiling water for a few minutes, till they get separated. They cook really fast.


Udon noodles -fresh, 3 small packets

Garlic –  5-6 pods, finely chopped or crushed

Chilli flakes – 1-2 tablespoons depending on personal preference for level of spice.

Scallions-  1-2 sprigs, finely chopped

Light soy sauce – 2 tablespoons

Dark soy sauce – 2 teaspoons

Protein of choice – Beef or turkey mince, shredded chicken or shrimp

Cucumber – finely chopped julienne slices

Sugar – ¼ teaspoon



  1. Chop your garlic, spring onions, vegetables, cucumber and keep ready.
  2. Put the udon noodles in boiling water and allow to remain in them for about 4-5 mins. Usually the packet will have instructions, just follow them if you have any doubts.
  3. While the udon noodles are in the water getting cooked, pour some oil in a pan and place the finely chopped garlic in the pan, fry till fragrant.
  4. Add in the chopped scallions and chilli flakes and fry. Add in the protein and vegetable of your choice. Allow it to cook.
  5. Once done, add in the drained udon noodles, light and dark soy sauce, add in the sugar, it balances all the flavours.
  6. Allow everything in the pan to stir fry for a couple of minutes before adding in the finely sliced cucumbers, mix through and it is ready to serve.


31 thoughts on “Spicy Garlic Udon Noodles

Add yours

  1. I should not be reading this right now! Lol! It’s much too late to eat now, but this is sure making me hungry! Looks delicious, Manu! I’ve seen udon noodles at the store but have never tried them. I’ll have to buy them sometime! ☺

    Liked by 1 person

    1. It is so easy to make, once you make these noodles, it will be one of those meals that looks and tastes like it took so much more effort than what it actually takes.
      Thanks Bridget.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Manu, your meal looks great! Udon noodles are new to me. I like how versatile this dish is! I will have to see if our grocery stores carry udon noodles. Have a wonderful weekend! 💗✨🌺

    Liked by 1 person

  3. This is a really good idea, it reminds me of a dan dan mien. This makes me hungry, and I need to mix it up from the typical Japanese stuff I make. In the restaurants I’ve been to, they will serve up a tomato seafood and a creamy uni udon.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks Meghan. I got to know of your blog through Colleen. I realised that we have a love of sharing about faith and food
      God bless you too. Looking forward to seeing more of what you have to share 😊.

      Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: