Crispy Udon Noodles with Nori Salt
- TOTAL TIME: 35 MIN
- SERVINGS: 8
- 4 ounces dried udon noodles
- Vegetable oil, for tossing and frying
- 1 sheet nori
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- In a medium saucepan of boiling water, cook the udon noodles until they are almost al dente, about 4 minutes. Drain thoroughly and transfer the udon noodles to a medium bowl. Gently toss the udon noodles with vegetable oil to keep them from sticking together.
- Using a pair of sturdy metal tongs, hold the nori over an open flame and toast about 4 inches from the heat until the nori is darkened and crisp, about 5 seconds per side. Let cool, then crumble and transfer the nori to a spice grinder. Add the salt and grind to a powder.
- Take 4 udon strands and carefully tie them in a loose knot near the end. Repeat with the remaining udon. In a large skillet, heat 1/4 inch of vegetable oil until shimmering. Fry 4 of the udon bundles at a time over moderately high heat, spreading the udon out in a fan, until golden and crisp, about 1 minute per side. Transfer the udon bundles to paper towels to drain, then dust with the nori salt and serve.
Brisk sparkling wine such as Champagne.
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Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.