Truth be told, I was afraid that I'd have to give up my precious sugary treats when going vegan (boy was I wrong!). I had no idea what a vegan cupcake or vegan cookie even looked like, let alone tasted like. (Keep in mind I was living in a fairly small town in North Carolina at the time and there was no such thing as "vegan" anything! Hey, I was lucky to even find those 2 books at the bookstore!)
But of course vegan baked goods look exactly like their non-vegan counterparts, and they taste the same, if not better!! Anyone who's even contemplating going vegan should definitely check the books mentioned above and then you'll too see that choosing a vegan lifestyle isn't about "giving things up", it's about gaining knowledge to all the wonderful cruelty-free options that are out there! Do your best to try it for a week, and see for yourself!
OK...so back to the Udon!! I have made this dish many times, so I kind of have a system down. It takes a few steps and Isa has recommendations for servings temperatures for each component (noodles, seitan, veggies, sauce), but trust her and follow her "instructions"! But I usually omit the bean sprouts and scallions just to make it more kid-friendly.
I made this for a non-vegan friend once and she really liked it! Overall I do think this dish is omni-friendly, so keep this in mind if you have omnis in your house (like I do) and want to make a lunch/dinner that everyone can enjoy!