Yakisoba (Japanese fried noodles)

I am so very excited to share with you the recipe for Yakisoba! This was my all time childhood favourite. Actually, the most favourite dish ever!!!! I remember, for some time, whenever we dined out this was the only dish I would order and lucky for me (or should I say, lucky for my parents) it was easily available almost in all of Thailand’s food court.

Yakisoba is fried noodles loaded with vegetables mainly cabbage & carrots and seasoned with a touch of a savory sweet sauce. It is a very popular Japanese street food but has major Chinese influence and is quite similar to Chowmein. Some vendors like to add meat such as – bacon strips to it but it tastes just as good without any meat at all.

It has taken me a while and some fails before I could impersonate the original flavour so I am going to be very specific about the brand of ingredients that I used but feel free to switch brands with whichever ones on hand.

For the Worcester sauce – the one and only essential ingredient for seasoning this dish – I used “Yamamori” brand. In my opinion, it was the right consistency of savoury and sweet needed.

As for vegetables – I stuck to cabbage & carrots. A lot of times green & red bell peppers are added to yakisoba to enhance a riot of colours to the dish. I added minced pork to this dish just to boost the protein factor but you may skip this if you are vegetarian.

Let’s get on with it…

Ingredients: – (serves 4)
• Ready pack of Yakisoba ( I used Taipei Brand )
• 1/2 cup cabbage, cut into strips
• 1/2 cup carrot, diced
• 1 white onion, long strips
• 150gms pork loin, minced (optional)
• 1/2 cup Worcester sauce
• 1½ tsp salt
• ½ tsp black pepper
• ¼ cup water or stock
• green onions, finely chopped
• 1 tbsp cooking oil
• White sesame seeds (for presentation)

1. Heat a tablespoon of oil in a frying pan or a wok.
2. Add vegetables & meat, stir over high heat until cooked. Stir continuously or the ingredients will burn. If needed add ¼ cup of water or stock to help cook the vegetables.
3. Season with salt & black pepper.
4. Add in the noodles whilst still moving things about in the pan.
5. Pour in the Worcester sauce little by little as you stir continuously.
6. Serve sizzling hot, garnished with some green onions & sesame seeds.



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