Yakisoba, meaning “grilled/fried noodles”, is a classic Japanese street food that is very popular and insanely delicious! Although it’s called Yaki ‘Soba’, it is actually made from ramen noodles, not soba noodles. The noodles are grilled along with pork and vegetables then coated in a super tasty sauce that is similar to the tonkatsu or okonomiyaki sauce flavour! Plus it’s a quick and easy dish and can be adapted into many other delicious meals!
Yakisoba is especially easy to make in Japan because you can buy the sauce pre-made into a powder form that you just coat over the noodles as you’re frying them in a pan and it eventually turns into a yummy, saucy coating. My mom loves yakisoba, I think it’s because of the convenience and simplicity and also because of the amazing taste. I actually don’t know anyone who doesn’t like yakisoba…because, really, it would be weird if you did.
Because of how quick and easy it is to make, yakisoba is a very common and popular street food in Japan. You’ll be able to find it any festival or any event that has food stalls, but get in early or you may need to line up for a while because it’s very popular! My high school actually used to serve yakisoba at the canteen and it was amaazzzinnngg! We also could buy stuff like ramen, fried rice, tempura udon, and curry and it was all about $1.50 each!! It was THE BEST! I miss being able to get my favourite foods for that cheap, now that I’m in Australia all the Japanese food that I love is about $15+.
You can also add whatever you like to the noodles, although the typical ingredients are pork and vegetables, like carrots and cabbage. I like to add a lot of egg because it tastes delicious with the noodles and sauce, and my daughter loves to eat it with prawns. You could also add chicken, beef, and any vegetables you like. It’s one of my family’s favourite dishes and I’m sure you’ll love it too!
- 2 packets ramen noodles
- 200 g thinly sliced pork
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup chopped cabbage
- 1 cup bean sprouts
- 1 cup chopped shimeji mushrooms
- 1/4 cup Yakisoba sauce or Tonkatsu or Okonomiyaki sauce
- 2 tbsp pickled ginger
- 1 cup spring onions
- 2 tbsp dried bonito flakes shaved katsuobushi
Prepare and chop all the meat and vegetables and set aside.
Heat a little olive oil in a pan and scramble the 2 eggs over medium-high heat then set aside.
Boil water in a large pot and cook the ramen noodles. Once cooked, drain the water and set the noodles aside.
Heat some olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat.
Add the pork and once it is cooked add the vegetables.
Saute it all together then add the eggs.
Add the noodles then pour over the sauce and mix it in.
Serve with the toppings and enjoy!