How to make Yakisoba – Japanese Fried Noodles Recipe

As a chef at Food And Meal, I have a deep passion for cooking and sharing delicious food with others. Over the years, I’ve experimented with flavors and techniques from around the world, but one dish that holds a special place for me is the classic Japanese stir-fry Noodles, yakisoba.

Perhaps it’s the memories of the sweet and tangy sauce coating the noodles that reminds me of my time living in Japan when I was just starting out as a chef. Or maybe it’s the satisfaction of stir-frying a rainbow of fresh vegetables like cabbage, carrots, shiitake mushrooms, and green onions, their colors popping as they mix with the glistening brown noodles.

Whatever it is, yakisoba fills me with nostalgia and comfort. It may seem simple – just noodles, vegetables, meat or tofu, and a flavorful sauce – but as with any dish, the magic is in the details. Finding that perfect balance of salty, sweet, and umami in the sauce gives the noodles a wonderful depth of flavor. Letting the noodles soak up that sauce while maintaining just the right texture requires finesse.

As much as I love the smoked meat dishes we serve up at the restaurant, coming home after a long day and making yakisoba is my way to unwind. The sizzle of ingredients in the pan, the tantalizing aromas as everything comes together – it’s both relaxing and rewarding. Then taking that first big bite of saucy noodles still warm from the stovetop, vegetables snapping between my teeth, is just pure happiness.

I hope you’ll give this yakisoba recipe a try and let the noodles transport you like they do for me. Whether enjoyed on a quiet night at home or shared with friends at your next dinner party, it’s a dish guaranteed to satisfy. Just be prepared to see those noodles disappear fast once you plate them up!

Best Yakisoba Recipes

“Yakisoba” is a Japanese word for fried noodle. It is a stir-fry made with Chinese wheat flour noodles. Typically, yakisoba is flavored with Worcestershire sauce. It first appeared in food stalls after World War II. It is often accompanied by a side of vegetables. You may have heard of grilled cheese and chili sauce, but did you know that yakisoba is also available in North America?

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The golden allure of perfectly cooked yakisoba, a visual feast.
How To Make Yakisoba - Japanese Fried Noodles Recipe 1

Yakisoba

Go to any festival in Japan and you’ll find roadside carts cooking up one of the country’s most popular street foods—yakisoba. Some people are confused by the name, but these noodles have no connection to the popular buckwheat noodles that are also called soba. Instead, Chinese-style ramen noodles are used.
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Course: Noodle
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: yakisoba
CookingStyle: Stir-frying
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 273kcal
Author: James Anderson
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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Heat a large wok over high heat. Add a little oil and loosen and fry the noodles with just enough oil to keep them from sticking.
  • When the noodles are slightly browned, about 3 minutes, remove from the wok and set aside.
  • Add a little more oil to the wok and stir-fry the chashu for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Add the cabbage with a little salt and pepper. Cook until the cabbage starts to soften, about 2 minutes. Add the noodles and bean sprouts, and toss to mix.
  • Pour the soy sauce evenly over the yakisoba. Stir-fry for another 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Serve topped with pickled ginger, nori, and bonito flakes.

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Notes

The red pickled ginger, nori, and bonito flakes are always served with yakisoba. Some people like to add mayonnaise as well. If you can find Japanese mayonnaise, buy it. Japanese mayo is thicker and more suited to be used as a dressing for noodles.
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Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 273kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1628mg | Potassium: 219mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 3mg
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Air Fryer Yakisoba

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A close-up of the rich, vibrant veggies, ready to release their flavors.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups yakisoba noodles
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 carrot, julienned
  • 200g chicken, beef, or tofu, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Garnish: Green onions, sesame seeds

Instructions:

  • Preparation: Start by heating the air fryer to 390°F (200°C). This preheating stage is essential to ensure that every ingredient cooks evenly and absorbs the flavors exquisitely.
  • Cooking the Protein: Toss your chosen protein (chicken, beef, or tofu) in a bowl with a dash of olive oil, salt, and pepper. Spread it in a single layer in the air fryer basket and cook for about 8-10 minutes, or until it’s nicely browned and cooked through. Remove and set aside.
  • Vegetables: In the same bowl, mix the sliced onion, bell pepper, and carrot with olive oil. Air fry the veggies for about 6-8 minutes until they are tender and slightly caramelized.
  • Combining: While the veggies are cooking, in a large bowl, toss the yakisoba noodles with a bit of oil to separate them. Once the veggies are done, mix the cooked protein, vegetables, and noodles together. Drizzle with soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce, toss to combine.
  • Final Touch: Put the mixture back into the air fryer and cook for an additional 5 minutes to let the flavors meld together and give the noodles a slightly crispy texture.
  • Garnishing: Serve your air fryer Yakisoba garnished with sliced green onions and a sprinkle of sesame seeds for that extra layer of flavor and aesthetic touch.

Tips for making Yakisoba

Yakisoba
The mesmerizing sizzle that promises an upcoming flavor explosion.

Cooking Tips

  • Temperature is Key: Maintaining the right heat ensures the noodles get that golden touch without losing their tender allure. Keep it medium-high; let the ingredients dance, not burn.
  • The Art of Tossing: Perfecting the toss ensures each noodle, every piece of vegetable, is kissed by heat and infused with flavor. It’s a symphony; let each element play its part.
  • Common Mistakes: Avoid overcooking the noodles; we seek a tender yet firm bite, a golden touch, not a crispy crunch. And balance your sauces; let them accentuate, not overpower the delicate dance of flavors unfolding in your pan.

Serving Suggestions

Yakisoba
Every strand of noodle perfectly coated with the symphony of sauces.

Yakisoba would pair well with lighter, healthier dishes like salads, vegetable sides, and grilled or poached fish. Some examples of recipes that would complement yakisoba include:

The tangy and savory flavors of the yakisoba would balance out lighter dishes focused on fresh vegetables, greens, and lean proteins. The noodles could also be served as a heartier side option next to curries or stir fries. Let the yakisoba be the star and pair it with simple sides that won’t overpower.

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FAQs of Yakisoba

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A sip of the perfect wine, the unsung hero of the yakisoba experience.
  • Can I Prepare Yakisoba with Other Types of Noodles? Indeed, while traditional Yakisoba noodles are a classic choice, feel free to innovate with ramen or udon noodles. Each brings a distinct texture and character, adding a unique twist to the dish.
  • How to Store Leftover Yakisoba? Cool the leftover Yakisoba to room temperature, then transfer it to an airtight container. It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Reheat on a stovetop with a little oil for the best flavor and texture revitalization.
  • Can I Add Different Proteins? Absolutely. Yakisoba is versatile. Feel free to experiment with shrimp, pork, or even go vegetarian with tofu or tempeh. Each protein adds its unique flair, making the dish wonderfully adaptable.
  • Is Yakisoba Spicy? Traditionally, it’s not very spicy. However, feel free to add some heat with a dash of chili oil or some sliced fresh chilies to cater to your taste buds.
  • Can I Make it Gluten-Free? Yes, substitute the regular soy sauce with tamari or gluten-free soy sauce, and ensure your noodles are gluten-free. Always check the labels on each ingredient to ensure they meet your dietary requirements.

Conclution

In conclusion, yakisoba holds a special place in my heart and on my dinner table. Its balance of flavors and textures, as well as the memories it evokes, make it a dish I never tire of cooking. I find making yakisoba to be a soothing, rewarding process after long days working at my restaurant. And that first bite of glistening noodles and crisp-tender vegetables always transports me back to my early days as a chef in Japan.

I hope my passion for this classic stir-fry will inspire you to give yakisoba a try soon. Play around with ingredients to make it your own, but don’t overlook the importance of properly seasoning the noodles and letting them soak up that sweet and salty sauce. Once you master the technique, I have no doubt you’ll be as hooked as I am. Just be ready for the noodles to disappear quickly whenever you serve them up!

I'm James F Anderson, a noted sous chef from London and a Le Cordon Bleu alumnus. My career began in a Michelin-starred Parisian eatery, where my blend of classic and contemporary cooking, using seasonal ingredients, earned accolades. Recognized in culinary publications and on cooking shows, I’m committed to mentoring aspiring chefs and delivering memorable dining experiences, marking me as a standout talent in the culinary world.
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