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.
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.