Udon noodles are not that unhealthy for you, so I wouldn't worry about them. 2 ounces of uncooked noodles have 190 calories, with 5g of protein, 41g of carbs, 1g of fat and 1g of fiber. They are actually pretty healthy. They also fill you up, so they are good. =) hope this helps!
restaurant udon noodles are bigger individually than home noodles, but the cooked cup is still the same amount overall. i'm with scojo on this one :o)
For a cooked cup there would be about 380 calories. But it's nothing to worry about. Soups are great for dieters. And its a complex carb so it provides some long lasting energy.
I know I am 4 years late. But Udon noodles are not made from Buckwheat or any whole grain. It is made with plain white flour, hot water and salt....def not complex carbs here.
so you realize you're bumping a 4 year old thread (which no one will read anymore anyways), but do you realize that whether or not its complex doesn't really matter?
I missed this one 4 years ago, but I like udon so I'll take an intuitive stab at it. Canned clear noodle soups go about 140 cal to the cup, while chili goes about 280. I'd put udon in between. This is about the same as don don instant udon per cup, so 200 cals is a good ballpark cup. A restaurant serving is probably 2 cups, and with added fat and meat 500 cals wouldn't be too far off. The restaurant version downside is a huge amount of sodium, so I'd have significant water weight gain after a bowl. So good on a cold day though, with some hot pepper flakes.
Buckwheat noodles are used for some dishes but not for thick chewy udon. I had some once near Osaka at a place where they prided themselves on the quality of the wheat flour used to make them. It was wet and steamy inside, and the waiters wore white rubber boots. Chopsticks and elbows flying, and a lot of slurping and smacking noises around the table.
@ ajaro I think it does matter...and you can take your negative comments elsewhere. I posted on here just in case someone looked at this post- they'd be misinformed.
@thhq I like Udon too, actually I love it! lol. So every now and then I do give in. And yea, most restaurant versions of it has tons of salt. I've been eating buckwheat noodles with a low sodium miso to kinda curb the cravings. But when I can no longer "deprive" myself of udon noodles, you will find me at Ru San's.
And I'd love to go to that restaurant you talked about. Sounds like udon heaven!