This authentic yakisoba is a Japanese street food classic! Firm noodles with thinly sliced pork and vegetables stir fried in a tangy homemade sauce. This dish tastes great and it only takes 15 minutes to make, so what are you waiting for?
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 wheat noodles called "Mushi Chukamen". These are the same noodles that are used for ramen.
The noodles are stir fried with pork, vegetables and a tangy "yakisoba sauce", which I'm also going to show you how to make from scratch!
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:
The History of Yakisoba
As some of you may know, Yakisoba is a classic Japanese street food.
It's been said that yakisoba was served during the 30's in Tokyo, so it has a pretty long history.
Because it's easy to make it outside, yakisoba is often served at outdoor occasions such as festivals, sports day, fireworks festivals, cherry blossom festivals as well as being made at home and at casual diners.
Traditionally, yakisoba is cooked with Worcestershire sauce based sauce (ソース焼きそば) but these days simply cooking with salt and pepper (塩焼きそば or Shio-yakisoba) is popular too.
Japanese people love instant yakisoba as occasional quick naughty meal too.
Not only that, but different regions have started their own spin-offs of yakisoba and even compete nationwide as a B-class gourmet (B級グルメ). B-class gourmet are down to earth dishes that use inexpensive ingredients but taste absolutely delicious!
In a sense, yes because the noodle they both use are more or less the same but I wouldn't categorise yakisoba as ramen because yakisoba is not served in a broth. It's more of a stir-fry dish.
This is a typical dish that people would eat for lunch in Japan or a festival/event.
In Japan, most people eat Yakisoba with chopsticks. Sometimes it's served in hotdog buns as well (Yakisoba pan)
Yakisoba uses Chinese style wheat noodles, whereas yakiudon uses thick and chewy udon noodles. They also typically use different kinds of sauce. Check out our garlic and butter soy sauce yakiudon here!
Check out our video for How to Make Japanese Yakisoba ｗith Easy Homemade Sauce
I hope you enjoy making and eating this tasty authentic Japanese Yakisoba from scratch, here's the recipe!Print