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One of the most popular steet foods in Japan, Yakisoba is an easy delicious stir-fry that comes together in minutes.

Yakisoba (焼きそば)

Yakisoba is a classic Japanese street food made by stir-frying vegetables, meat and noodles with a sweet and savory sauce. My version retains the taste of authentic Yakisoba but adapts the technique and ingredients for non-Japanese kitchens.
Course Entree
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword stir-fry, street food
Level Beginner
Main Ingredient Noodles
Diet Dairy-Free
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 3 servings
Calories 568 kcal

Ingredients

  • 230 grams fresh yellow noodles (such as ramen)
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 100 grams pork belly (or bacon, thinly sliced & chopped)
  • 100 grams onion (~1/2 small onion, sliced)
  • 100 grams cabbage (~2 leaves, chopped)
  • 60 grams carrot (~1/2 carrot, julienned)
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey
  • ¼ teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Aonori (for garnish)
  • Benishoga (for garnish)
Metric - US Imperial

Instructions

  1. Boil the noodles according to the directions on the package. When the noodles are done, drain and rinse thoroughly with cold water, using your fingers to agitate the noodles. Drain as much water off the noodles as possible by using a dropping motion with both hands and yanking up suddenly. Toss the noodles with 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil to keep the noodles from sticking together.
    Rinse the yakisoba noodles well to remove excess starch.
  2. Prep the vegetables and make the sauce by whisking together the Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, oyster sauce, honey and white pepper in a small bowl.
    Whisk the yakisoba sauce ingredients together.
  3. Heat a large heavy-bottomed frying pan or griddle over high heat until hot. Add 1 tablespoon of oil along with the pork belly or bacon. Fry until the fat from the pork has started to render out.
    Stir-fry the pork belly until it's starting to brown around the edges.
  4. Add the carrots, onions, and cabbage and stir fry using two spatulas until the vegetables are vibrant in color and starting to wilt (they don't need to be fully cooked through yet).
    Stir-fry the vegetables until they start to wilt.
  5. Add noodles and toss with the oil in the pan. If you notice they are sticking, add some more oil directly onto the noodles.
    Add the yakisoba noodles toss to coat with oil.
  6. Drizzle the sauce evenly over the noodles and continue tossing and frying until the noodles are a uniform color and you can smell the sauce starts to caramelize.
    Add the yakisoba sauce and toss to coat evenly and caramelize.
  7. Plate the yakisoba and sprinkle with aonori and benishoga to garnish.
    One of the most popular steet foods in Japan, Yakisoba is an easy delicious stir-fry that comes together in minutes.
Nutrition Facts
Yakisoba (焼きそば)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 568 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 12g60%
Cholesterol 24mg8%
Sodium 831mg35%
Potassium 337mg10%
Carbohydrates 67g22%
Fiber 6g24%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 3400IU68%
Vitamin C 17.3mg21%
Calcium 40mg4%
Iron 3.5mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.