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Yakisoba Noodles – Japanese Noodles Recipe

22/09/2016 (Last Updated: 17/07/2019)
 

This flavour-packed Yakisoba Noodles recipe is quick and easy to prepare. It’s loaded with pork and veggies and drizzled with homemade yakisoba sauce for authentic Japanese flavour. 

A bowl of cooked yakisoba noodles with chopsticks.

This Yakisoba Noodles Recipe is super easy to make at home for a quick lunch or easy dinner. It’s a nourishing and addictive dish of Japanese noodles stir fried with pork, veggies, and golden ramen noodles. But the magic of Yakisoba flavour is thanks to a powerhouse yakisoba sauce (which is also super easy to make at home!).

Yakisoba noodles on the table and ready to eat.

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Why This Recipe Works:

  • You can easily cook this dish in less than 30 minutes! Add in your favourite vegetables to give it your own flavour and texture twist. 
  • This is a great batch recipe. Cook it for dinner and you’ll have plenty left over for packed lunches the next day. 

What Are Yakisoba Noodles?

Yakisoba is usually made with long, thin ramen noodles stir fried with sliced onion, carrot, cabbage, bean sprouts, and a slathering of yakisoba sauce. It’s a popular street food snack in Japan. You’ll often come across it sizzling away on piping hot teppans (Japanese hot plates) at street festivals or dished up at baseball stadiums.

While this dish looks somewhat similar to Chinese Chow Mein or Lo Mein, the difference lies in the seasonings used.  Chinese versions often call for lots of soy sauce, but this Japanese recipe features a thick, sweet and salty sauce that draws on flavours of Worcestershire sauce and oyster sauce.

Yakisoba noodles on the table with chopsticks.

 

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Which Noodles for Yakisoba?

Although “soba” actually refers buckwheat noodles, Yakisoba is usually made with long thin wheat noodles (such as ramen noodles). But you could always use buckwheat soba noodles or egg noodles if you prefer a particular texture or flavour. 

A closeup photo of the finished dish of yakisoba noodles.

How to Make Yakisoba Noodles

  • First up, heat that oil in a large wok or frying pan. We’re adding a little vegetable oil and a dash of sesame oil for extra flavour.
  • Next, throw in the onions and stir fry for a few minutes until your mouth starts watering, then add the carrots and cabbage and give it a good stir. The thinly sliced pork comes next – stir fry until golden brown and full of deliciousness.
  • Now throw in those fresh ramen noodles and stir fry for a few minutes, using your spatula to toss and separate the strands. Once noodles they start to turn a little crispy, add half the yakisoba sauce and stir quickly to cover everything in flavour awesome-sauce.
  • Add remaining sauce and continue to stir fry until all ingredients are cooked and you can resist no longer.
  • Serve piping hot and delicious!

Cooked yakisoba noodles beside a cup of Japanese tea.

Yakisoba Tips

Why not get creative with any leftover vegetables? Sliced red capsicum/bell pepper or zucchini pair nicely with the flavours in yakisoba sauce, as do healthy green veggies like broccoli, snow peas, and bok choy. You could even try adding in baby corn, bean sprouts or water chestnuts for extra texture. 

Optional toppings? Why not dust your freshly grilled yakisoba noodles with aonori (green nori flakes), katsuoboshi (finely sliced bonito flakes) or benishōuga (red pickled ginger).

Turn leftover yakisoba noodles into a whole new dish. Creating your very own omu-soba (omelette wrapped around yakisoba) or yakisoba-pan (yakisoba in a fresh bread roll).

How will you eat your yakisoba?

FAQs

Can you freeze yakisoba?

Yes! It’s best to freeze it in small portions so you can reheat the perfect amount of noodles for your next lunch or dinner. 

Are yakisoba noodles healthy?

When made from scratch, Yakisoba is full of nutritious veggies and protein. You can also tweak the ratios of meat and vegetables vs noodles and sauce to reduce the amount of sodium and make it even healthier. 

Hungry for more tasty Japanese street food? Check out this Quick & Easy Takoyaki, or our secret recipe for Mountain Style Udon Noodles.

Variations & Substitutes

  • If you can’t get your hands on fresh noodles, you could substitute with either dried ramen noodles, or freshly-cooked spaghetti. Aim for al dente while cooking so the pasta can stand up to being stir fried.
  • Instead of pork, feel free to use your favourite protein such as chicken or prawns, or opt for tofu for a vegetarian version. 

Yakisoba noodles with pork, veggies and oodles of noodles.

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Yakisoba Noodles Recipe - A popular Japanese food street snack that's simple to make at home. Featuring pork and oodles of noodles. | wandercooks.com

Yakisoba Noodles Recipe

This flavour-packed Yakisoba Noodles recipe is quick and easy to prepare. It’s loaded with pork and veggies and drizzled with homemade yakisoba sauce for authentic Japanese flavour. 
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Snack
Cuisine: Japanese
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 858kcal
Author: Wandercooks
Cost: $10-$15

Ingredients

  • 500 g fresh ramen noodles
  • 300 g pork loin thinly sliced
  • 1 brown onion thickly sliced
  • 1 carrot finely sliced
  • 100 g cabbage thickly sliced
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • ½ - 1 cup yakisoba sauce to taste

Optional garnish:

  • 2 tsp sesame seeds
  • aonori nori flakes
  • benishoga pickled red ginger
  • katsuoboshi dried bonito flakes

Instructions

  • First up, heat that oil in a large wok or frying pan. We're adding a little vegetable oil and a dash of sesame oil for extra flavour.
  • Next, throw in the onions and stir fry for a few minutes until your mouth starts watering, then add the carrots and cabbage and give it a good stir. The thinly sliced pork comes next - stir fry until golden brown and full of deliciousness.
  • Now throw in those fresh ramen noodles and stir fry for a few minutes, using your spatula to toss and separate the strands. Once noodles they start to turn a little crispy, add half the yakisoba sauce and stir quickly to cover everything in flavour awesome-sauce.
  • Add remaining sauce and continue to stir fry until all ingredients are cooked and you can resist no longer.
  • Serve piping hot and delicious.

Notes

Yakisoba Tips

  • Why not get creative with any leftover vegetables? Sliced red capsicum/bell pepper or zucchini pair nicely with the flavours in yakisoba sauce, as do healthy green veggies like broccoli, snow peas, and bok choy. You could even try adding in baby corn, bean sprouts or water chestnuts for extra texture.
  • Optional toppings? Why not dust your freshly grilled yakisoba noodles with aonori (green nori flakes), katsuoboshi (finely sliced bonito flakes) or benishōuga (red pickled ginger).
  • Turn leftover yakisoba noodles into a whole new dish. Creating your very own omu-soba (omelette wrapped around yakisoba) or yakisoba-pan (yakisoba in a fresh bread roll).

FAQs

  • Can you freeze yakisoba? Yes! It's best to freeze it in small portions so you can reheat the perfect amount of noodles for your next lunch or dinner.
  • Are yakisoba noodles healthy? When made from scratch, Yakisoba is full of nutritious veggies and protein. You can also tweak the ratios of meat and vegetables vs noodles and sauce to reduce the amount of sodium and make it even healthier.

Variations & Substitutes

  • If you can’t get your hands on fresh noodles, you could substitute with either dried ramen noodles, or freshly-cooked spaghetti. Aim for al dente while cooking so the pasta can stand up to being stir fried.
  • Instead of pork, feel free to use your favourite protein such as chicken or prawns, or opt for tofu for a vegetarian version.

Nutrition

Calories: 858kcal | Carbohydrates: 114g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 4272mg | Potassium: 672mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 51.6% | Vitamin C: 11.8% | Calcium: 6.8% | Iron: 31.9%
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Yakisoba Noodles Recipe - A popular Japanese food street snack that's simple to make at home. Featuring pork and oodles of noodles. | wandercooks.com

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Eric
    08/12/2016 at 9:12 am

    You didn’t mention what step to add the cabbage! I’m guessing after the carrots though, but should note anyway! 🙂

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      08/12/2016 at 9:15 am

      Oooooops! Thanks Eric, yep you’re 100% correct and I’ve fixed the recipe now. Thanks so much for lettings us know! 😀

  • Reply
    Ali Randall
    23/11/2016 at 10:11 am

    Hangover or not those noodles look fantastic. I’ve always wanted to know how to make my own bowl and now I know. And I don’t have to go to Japan either. Bonus

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      24/11/2016 at 10:19 am

      That’s what we love about cooking – you can travel anywhere from your very own kitchen! Enjoy your Japanese adventures Ali! 🙂

  • Reply
    Sara | Belly Rumbles
    23/11/2016 at 9:45 am

    Noodles and dumplings are my go to hangover easer, not quite a cure, but do make you feel like you can function again! Your Yakisoba noodles look delicious, will have to try this for a mid week meal for the family.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      24/11/2016 at 10:17 am

      Is there anything noodles can’t do? Haha thanks Sara, hope you enjoy!

  • Reply
    Lisa | Garlic & Zest
    23/11/2016 at 9:30 am

    Yes! Yes! Yes! I want this right now! Beautiful photos, but I mean, I just want to reach into the screen!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      23/11/2016 at 9:55 am

      Oh if only Lisa. Can you imagine what life would be like if we could do that??? 😀

  • Reply
    Luci {Luci's Morsels}
    23/11/2016 at 9:25 am

    I love eating yakisoba noodles when my husband and I go out, but I’ve never made them at home before! Thanks for this easy to follow recipe and inspiring me to try it myself!

    Luci’s Morsels | fashion. food. frivolity.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      24/11/2016 at 10:24 am

      Glad we could help Luci! They’re so delicious aren’t they? Literally can’t stop until we’ve picked the plate clean with our chopsticks haha. 😛

  • Reply
    Platter Talk
    23/11/2016 at 9:01 am

    Mmmm. This sounds like a really good Asian noodle recipe. I think that it would be really good with stir fry shrimp!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      23/11/2016 at 9:13 am

      Oooh yes, definitely! I think next time we’ll do it with pork and shrimp/prawn! 🙂

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