Nagasaki Sara Udon

Sara udon (皿うどん) is a Japanese dish served with fried crispy egg noodles topped with a thick brothy sauce and some stir fry vegetables, seafood, and/or meat. “Sara” means plate in Japanese so it literally translates as “plate noodles”. It is originated from Nagasaki but is probably a Chinese-influenced dish because it is extremely similar to a Cantonese style chow mien dish in Hong Kong (肉絲炒麵).

My kids especially like this dish as the noodles are crunchy and crispy! If you can get hold of some ready-made fried ramen or Chinese chow mien noodles, it will be super easy to do! If not, you can still make it by pan frying the noodles in a wok or air fryer to make the noodles crispy!

Crispy Egg Noodles4 Servings
Shrimps5oz / 150g
Thin Pork Slices7oz / 200g
Bean Shoots3.5oz / 100g
[SAUCE] Cooking Rice Wine2 Tablespoons
[SAUCE] Soy Sauce1 Tablespoon
[SAUCE] Oyster Sauce4 Teaspoons
[SAUCE] Chicken Bouillon Powder2 Teaspoons
[SAUCE] Water2 Cups / 500ml
Cornstarch1 Tablespoon (mix with 3 tablespoons of water)


  1. Remove shells and head of the shrimps. Cut cabbage, carrots, pork into smaller pieces.
  2. Heat some oil in a fry pan and cook the pork slices and shrimps for a few minutes on medium heat.
  3. Add the vegetables (bean shoots, cabbage and carrots) to the fry pan and stir fry for a brief while.
  4. Add [SAUCE] to the pan and stir well, cover with a lid and cook on medium-low heat until all vegetables turn soft.
  5. Remove the lid, add cornstarch water to the fry pan. When the sauce turns thick, serve immediately over the bed of crispy noodles.
  6. DŌZO!

Recipe adapted from [here]

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