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Yakisoba (Japanese Fried Noodles/焼きそば) http://rasamalaysia.com/yakisoba-recipe/
September 10th, 2009 43 Comments

Yakisoba (Japanese Fried Noodles/焼きそば)

Yakisoba (Japanese Fried Noodles)
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When I was in Oahu, other than stuffing my face with malassadas (malasadas), sampling local Hawaiian cuisine, and feasting on shrimp, I ate Japanese food almost every day. Oahu is a real gem for Japanese food, thanks to the many Japanese tourists and also locals who are obsessed with Japanese cuisine.

There are countless authentic Japanese restaurants dotting Waikiki Beach: ramen joint, sushi bar, izakaya, and yakiniku (Japanese BBQ). I was in Japanese food heaven during the vacation; the abundant seafood and fresh produce accentuate the already great taste to tempting perfection.

Yakisoba or Japanese fried noodles/焼きそば is one of the dishes I particularly enjoyed during my stay there. Yakisoba is pretty much the Japanese version of Chinese chow mein, but there is a certain appeal about yakisoba—the ramen noodles and the sharp-flavored benishoga (picked ginger strips) make yakisoba a bright-tasting noodle dish. I loved it.

I made yakisoba yesterday, using the simplest and mostly inexpensive ingredients. The end result was two servings of deeply satisfying and filling meal, all for less than $5. I am entering this yakisoba post to Blog Away Hunger, a charity event pioneered by my friend Marc at No Recipes. It’s an ongoing event that fights global hunger and in support of The World Food Program.

If you are a food blogger, I strongly urge you to participate in this event because doing good deeds shouldn’t have to wait till the holidays. If you are a reader and would like to participate, click here to donate now. Thank you!

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  1. Bee, this looks delicious! Thanks for participating in Blog Away Hunger:-) All it takes is a 25 cents to provide a meal, so every little bit counts!

  2. veron says:

    Yum, love yakisoba. This recipe sound simple enough yet delicious.

  3. veron says:

    Oh, my dry-run for your chix satay and peanut sauce went well so it’s a go for Sunday!

  4. This looks so amazing :) do you think it would work with soba noodles or chow mein (in a pinch). We don’t have the widest Japanese ingredients here :)

  5. Debs says:

    Yum, we love Japanese, not had yakisoba for ages, will have to try your recipe. Will have to compromise on the noodles though as we can’t get them in Spain.

  6. Yum! This is taking me down food-memory lane back to my trip to Japan several years ago. We do have a Japanese grocery here but I’ve never noticed any fresh noodles; I’ll have to inquire next time I’m there.

    For the 2 oz. pork, would you just buy something like a single boneless pork chop at the butcher counter?

  7. Christi says:

    Oh no! I was looking through all of your recipes for a noodle dinner inspiration last night (I had a craving) and didn’t see this post until this morning. It’s not a problem though because I often have noodle cravings- about twice a week. :) Thanks for this recipe. It’s going to satisfy me next week I’m sure.

  8. Dominique says:

    yummy… I love japanese food! Especially fried noodles. It reminds me my travel in Japan last year!!! Thank you sharing…

  9. S says:

    Delicious. You mentioned the pickled ginger– benishoga. Is this served on the side or incorporated in the yakisoba as an ingredient?

  10. yum..very simple and reminds me of the time when i went to cairns and it was littered with awesome jap food!

  11. pity says:

    i just adore yakisoba! they’re my favourite noodle dish ever! and your recipe looks so delicious! i love your blog and photos, lovely!

    cheers from london,

    pity

  12. Andy says:

    Looks amazing! I tend to eat this lots at Wagamamas restaurants, but I’m sure yours is much better!!!

    Andy – http://onceuponathyme.wordpress.com/

  13. Brian L says:

    Hi Bee,
    This recipe looks great! I love yakisoba..I also love okonomiyaki!
    Keep it up. I just got back from Japan and was in heaven with the food :)

    Brian

  14. Alta says:

    This looks delicious, and I’m all for inexpensive dishes!

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  16. Miss_0neil says:

    Awesome recipe! One place to find yakisoba noodles is the store World Market; if you have one near you. My husband and I buy ours there and they are very good. My husband even said they were the best noodles he had had since he left Japan after living there for around 3 years. Hope this can help someone who doesn’t have an oriental market near them :D

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  18. Maureen says:

    Hi there! My Okasan puts a little Worcestershire sauce in her yakisoba- gives it a piquant flavor. My mouth is watering…

  19. Christin says:

    WOW!! This dish sounds incredible! My hubby and I eat Asian inspired food at least 2x a week in our home. Our commissary just started carrying refrigerated yakisoba noodles, so I am so excited to make this for dinner tonight! Bookmarking and “liked” you on Facebook! I will be back for more yummy recipes! :) Thanks!

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  21. Kelly says:

    Hi there. I would love to try this recipe, but don’t drink and therefore have no sake. Is there something I could use in its place without completely comprising the recipe? Thanks.

  22. intangible says:

    I have recently discovered a little mom and pop Japanese restaurant close to my work and have been addicted to their Yakisoba noodles. I’ve been searching for a good recipe that I could make quickly and with a large volume (I have 2 small kids that require lots of attention). Google pointed me towards this recipe and I tried it last night. It was absolutely amazing! Everyone in my house loved it so much that their were no leftovers for me to take to work today (bummer!).

    Thanks for this great recipe and I am looking forward to trying more from your site!

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  24. No Name says:

    About how many servings is this for?

  25. Cathy M. says:

    My husband is gluten free. Can rice noodles be used for this or are they too soft? Any other suggestions for gluten free noodles? Thanks!

  26. Tim says:

    This is what I miss most about Japan. I lived on this for two years wile I was in the marine corps. $4 a plate you couldn’t beat it. I haven’t had it since. This looks great thanks

  27. Jordan says:

    The real secret to authentic yakisoba like you’ll find it in Japan: “yakisoba sauce”. It’s a chuunou sauce like tonkatsu sauce or okonomiyaki sauce. It has some fruit and vegetable purees, a variety of spices, soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, and worcestershire sauce. It’s a bit spicy, sour, sweet, salty, and pungent. Along with the benishoga this provides a very tangy and pungent, very bright noodle dish highly unlike all other asian stir-fried noodle dishes.

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