Soup Countdown #15: Café Mochi's Udon Soup

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January is National Soup Month, which makes sense, considering the first month of the year is typically marked with below-freezing temperatures, snow and slush. What's better than a delicious, hot bowl of soup on a chilly day? A delicious, hot bowl of soup that you don't have to make -- that's what. This January Gut Check will revisit some of our favorite hot soups to help guide your belly through this month-long soup celebration.

Café Mochi's Udon Soup, ($8) served with vegetable and shrimp tempura. - MABEL SUEN
  • Mabel Suen
  • Café Mochi's Udon Soup, ($8) served with vegetable and shrimp tempura.

Few meals provide as much sustenance and sublime satisfaction as noodle soups, and udon soup is no exception. At Café Mochi (3221 South Grand Boulevard; 314-773-5000), the udon noodles and their colorful accompaniments swim in a delicate dashi broth.

MABEL SUEN
  • Mabel Suen

Filling yet light, the classic Japanese broth provides the perfect backdrop for wide, supple wheat-flour noodles and the addition of any number of toppings -- in this case, nori, a few slices of fish cake, and a light sprinkling of mushrooms and scallions channel notes of the sea.

Still hungry? On the side is a plate of tempura-fried shrimp, onion slices, zucchini, squash, broccoli, and mushrooms with a subtly sweet soy sauce and mirin-infused dipping sauce. It offers maybe the only thing that this udon soup lacks: crunch.

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