What is Yakisoba?
What do you think of when you hear the word “Soba”?
Most people might think of Japanese soba noodles, but with Yakisoba (焼きそば), you don’t use soba noodles at all! Instead, you use Chinese egg noodles and then stir-fry it. In fact, other than the pickled ginger and bonito flakes (which are optional) you can make this authentic Japanese dish with simple ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen!
Here are the most common ingredients used to make Yakisoba:
What is in Yakisoba Sauce?
In Japan, most people opt for premade sauce
Generally, Japanese families tend to use pre-made sauce.
If you’re in Japan, you will see pre-made sauce, powder or even noodle and sauce set in supermarkets.
But homemade Yakisoba sauce is very easy too
Although people tend to use premade because it’s easy and fast, that does not mean homemade sauce is hard to make.
Ingredients are pretty simple, and you probably have them in your cupboard already!
All you need is:
- Oyster sauce
- Soy sauce
- Tomato ketchup
- Black pepper
- Sesame oil
- Sake or mirin (Optional)
Frequently Asked Questions
Is yakisoba a ramen?
In a sense, yes because the noodle they both use are more or less the same but I wouldn’t categorise Yakisoba as Ramen as Yakisoba does not have soup. It’s more of a stir-fry dish.
Are yakisoba noodles healthy?
If you’re talking about instant Yakisoba, definitely no. I wouldn’t also call home cooked Yakisoba as healthy meal or unhealthy.
This is a typical dish that people would eat for lunch in Japan.
How do you eat yakisoba?
In Japan, most people eat Yakisoba with chopsticks. Sometimes it’s in hotdog buns as well (Yakisoba pan)
What’s the difference between yakisoba and Yaki Udon?
Yakisoba uses Chinese style egg noodles, whereas Yakiudon uses Udon noodles. Also, they typically use different kinds of sauce.
Check out our video for How to Make Japanese Yakisoba ｗith Easy Homemade SaucePrint
How to Make Quick & Easy Homemade Yakisoba Sauce (焼きそばソース)
- 1 tbsp oyster sauce
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp ketchup
- 1/2 tbsp sake
- 1/2 tsp sugar
- 1 pinch of black pepper
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- Mix 1 tbsp oyster sauce, 1 tbsp soy sauce, 2 tbsp ketchup, 1/2 tbsp sake, 1/2 tsp sugar, a pinch of black pepper and 1tsp of sesame oil in a small bowl until well incorporated.
- Use to stir fry with noodles, vegetables and meat. You can see a full recipe how to make yakisoba recipe here!
You can adjust the ratio of the ingredients to suit your taste for example, more soy sauce makes it thinner and saltier, more ketchup makes it sweeter and redder etc. Feel free to experiment!
This sauce is to cook together with the noodles, meat and vegetables. I wouldn’t recommend using it cold and uncooked.
- Category: Sauces
- Method: Mixing
- Cuisine: Japanese
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