Yakisoba is a super tasty Japanese stir-fried noodle dish that people go crazy for! It all starts with these yummy wheat noodles that are cooked to the ideal texture. They’re not too soft, not too firm-just perfect. Then, they get tossed in a sizzling hot pan with all sorts of good stuff.
You’ll find thin slices of savory pork teamed up with crunchy cabbage, and shiitake mushrooms partying together in the sizzling pan. They’re cooked up until they’re tender and fragrant, making your taste buds do a happy dance. And let’s not forget about the homemade sauce! It’s this special blend of tangy Worcestershire sauce, oyster sauce, soy sauce, and other tasty seasonings. That sauce gets poured all over the noodles and ingredients, giving them an explosion of flavor.
Now, get ready for the fun part – toppings! Some people like to sprinkle pickled ginger on top for an extra zing that adds a delightful kick to every bite. Others take it up a notch by adding bonito flakes or a dollop of mayo to take things to a whole new level. The best thing about yakisoba is that you have the freedom to customize it according to your preferences and make it uniquely yours.
The beauty of yakisoba is that you can enjoy it pretty much anywhere your heart desires. Street food stalls, festivals, casual restaurants, or even in the comfort of your own home. Plus, it’s so versatile! If you’re a vegetarian or prefer seafood, no worries. You can customize yakisoba to include whatever you like.
In this recipe, we’ll be showing you the most classic version of yakisoba that you can make in the comfort of your own home. We’ll add thin slices of pork, cabbage, green onions, and shiitake mushrooms to our yakisoba, and finish it off with a delicious homemade yakisoba sauce.
Give yakisoba a try at home! Take that first slurp of those saucy noodles, and boom! Once you taste yakisoba, you’ll be hooked for sure. So go ahead, dive into this tasty adventure-you won’t regret it!
Let us know how your homemade yakisoba turns out in the comments below.
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 15 mins
Total time: 30 mins
Total servings: 2
- 300g Yakisoba Noodles
- 150g Sliced Pork (pork belly or pork shoulder)
- 300g Cabbage, chopped
- 40g Shiitake Mushrooms, sliced
- 3-4 Stalks of Green Onions, sliced diagonally
- 100ml Yakisoba Sauce
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- Bonito Flakes (optional)
- Pickled Ginger (optional)
Do you know what’s awesome for making Yakisoba? This hot plate! This hot plate from Ikenaga will help to make your yakisoba even tastier because it cooks everything evenly, and you can toss the ingredients together easier than in a normal frypan. Make the most delicious yakisoba ever at home with the help of this magnificent hot plate.
1) Gathering the Ingredients
Gather all of the ingredients together.
2) Preparing the Noodles
Prepare your yakisoba noodles according to the package instructions and set aside.
3) Slicing the Vegetables
Cut the stems off of the shiitake mushrooms and then slice them into thin pieces. Slice the green onions diagonally. Cut the cabbage into bite-size pieces. Set everything aside.
4) Slicing and Seasoning the Pork
Prepare the sliced pork. Cut it into smaller, easier-to-eat pieces. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Tip: If you can't find thinly sliced pork in your normal grocery store, check the frozen section of your local Asian grocery store.
5) Sautéing the Vegetables and Meat
Heat a large frying pan or wok over medium heat and add oil to the pan. (If you’re using pork belly, no need to add oil as its high fat content adds great flavor.)
Sauté the pork in a single layer until it's no longer pink.
Next, add in the shiitake mushrooms and stir-fry for a few minutes. Then add in the cabbage and stir-fry until it begins to soften.
6) Adding the Noodles and Sauce
Push the ingredients to one side of the pan and add the cooked noodles to the empty side.
Pour half of the yakisoba sauce over the noodles, and toss together until well combined.
Add the remaining sauce to the pork and vegetables, and continue stir-frying everything together for a few more minutes until the yakisoba reaches your desired doneness. Once the yakisoba is done cooking, add in the chopped green onions and stir to combine.
Tip: Check out our homemade Yakisoba Sauce recipe!
7) Serving the Yakisoba
Divide the yakisoba onto serving plates. Garnish it with toppings such as bonito flakes, pickled ginger, or mayo if you desired. Enjoy!