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.
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 (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!
Sauce-Yakisoba VS Shio Yakisoba
As I said earlier, there are two kinds of yakisoba roughly, Sauce-Yakisoba (ソース焼きそば) and Shio-Yakisoba (塩焼きそば)
I’d have to say saucy one is probably the "traditional form" that you see at most places like festivals but salt and pepper yakisoba is equally popular especially for home cooking! and today's recipe is the Shio-Yakisoba one!
Lemon and Seafood Yakisoba
This yakisoba recipe contains:
- Scallops & Prawns (or any seafood you like)
- Spring onion
Seafood definitely goes better with Shio-yakisoba than Sauce-yakisoba! and with lemon? It's a whole different world! If you like refreshing option, I definitely recommend this one!