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Niku Udon with Miyazakigyu Wagyu Strip Steak

Niku Udon (Japanese Meat Udon) with Miyazakigyu Wagyu Strip Steak

Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Cook Time: 25 Minutes
Servings: 5
Difficulty Level: 1
(Levels: 1-5 with 5 being most difficult)

Recipe provided by Chef Melanie Hammericksen

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Double 8 Cattle Company Miyazakigyu Wagyu Strip Steak
  • 1 TSP Toasted Sesame Oil
  • 1 TBSP Grapeseed Oil
  • 4 TBSP Soy Sauce (divided)
  • 2 TSP Sugar
  • 12 OZ Dry Japanese Udon Noodles
  • 3 Scallions (sliced thin on a biased cut)
  • 1-INCH-PIECE Fresh Ginger (peeled and sliced)
  • 1 (5 OZ) PACKAGE Narutomaki Fish Cakes or Fish Balls with Roe (sliced into bite-size pieces)
  • 2 TBSP Mirin
Dashi 
  • 6 CUP Water
  • 1 OZ Kombu (Dried Kelp)
  • 1 CUP Katsuobushi (Dried Bonito Flakes)
  • 6-8 Dried Shiitake Mushrooms

        Tools

        • Cheesecloth
        • Large Wok

        FIRST STEP

        Take the Miyazakigyu Wagyu strip steak out of the freezer, and place it into the refrigerator 24 hours before starting this recipe.

        PREPARING THE DASHI

        In a large saucepan, bring the water and Kombu to a boil.

        Turn off heat, and stir in the Katsuobushi and dried shiitake mushrooms.

        Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes, and then strain it through a cheesecloth.

        The strained liquid is your Dashi.

        PREPARING THE BROTH AND UDON NOODLES

        In a medium saucepan on the stove, combine the strained Dashi with the sliced ginger, mirin, and 2 tablespoons of soy sauce.

        Let it simmer for 10 minutes. This is your broth (season to taste with kosher salt). Reserve.

        In the meantime, cook the Udon noodles per the package instructions.

        Once the noodles are cooked, strain and toss them with cold water. Reserve.

        PREPARING THE MIYAZAKIGYU WAGYU STRIP STEAK

        Heat a large wok on high-heat with the sesame oil and grapeseed oil.

        Make sure your Miyazakigyu Wagyu strip steak is sliced thin against the grain.

        Once the wok is hot, add in 2 of the sliced scallions. Brown them slightly.

        Then, add in the sliced Miyazakigyu Wagyu strip steak. Use chopsticks to evenly distribute the beef strips in the pan.

        Sear off the beef strips on each side, creating nice caramelization.

        Once the Miyazakigyu Wagyu beef is seared, add in 2 tablespoons of soy sauce and sugar.

        Let the sugar caramelize and the soy nearly evaporate. Then, turn off the heat.

        FINAL STEPS

        Divide the Udon noodles and broth between 5 soup bowls.

        Top with the seared Miyazakigyu Wagyu strip steak. Garnish with the remaining sliced scallions, and pair with the Narutomaki fish cakes.

        Serve, and enjoy!


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