This is one of the authentic street food and noodles in Japan. If you go to outdoor festivals in Japan, you would see a lot of vendors serve Yakisoba. Yakisoba is made by stir-fried vegetables, meat, noodles, sweet and savory sauce. It is super easy to make and good for lunch. I used dried Yakisoba noodles this time, but if you like authentic Yakisoba, it would be better to use fresh / frozen Yakisoba noodles. Dried Yakisoba noodles are good for emergency food.

Ingredients (2 plates):

  • 4 of half size thinly sliced pork or bacon
  • 1/8 cabbage
  • 1 onion
  • 2 dried *Yakisoba noodles with sauce powder
  • 300ml (10floz) of water
  • 1-2 tablespoons of *Japanese vegetable & fruit (Tonkatsu) sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of *Aonoriko

*Japanese vegetable & fruit (Tonkatsu) sauce is made of vegetables and fruits like tomatoes, onions, carrots, apples lemon, prunes and so on. It has sweet and sour flavors.
*Aonoriko is green seaweed flakes.
-> See picture A, B and C.

Picture A: Dried *Yakisoba noodles and sauce powder. Please note that this particular brand and package contains *Aonoriko as well.
Picture B: Japanese vegetable & fruit (Tonkatsu) sauce
Picture C: *Aonoriko

Here is how to make it at home. Cooking time is about 15 - 20 minutes.

  1. Cut meat and cabbage into bite size chunks. Slice onion.
  2. Boil water in a large skillet.
  3. Put dried *Yakisoba noodles in the skillet and simmer for 2 minutes. -> See picture D. Flip over the *Yakisoba noodles and separate the noodles thoroughly by chopsticks. Simmer 5 minutes.
Picture D
  1. Once the noodles absorb the water, add *Yakisoba sauce powder and mix it up very well. (If water is not enough, add more water and dissolve the sauce powder.)
  2. Add bacon, onion and cabbage. Stir for about 5 minutes. Add *Japanese vegetable & fruit (Tonkatsu) sauce occasionally. -> See picture E.
Picture E
  1. Put 5. in a plate. Sprinkle *Aonoriko on top.

** Please note that I used dried Yakisoba noodles this time. If you use fresh / frozen Yakisoba noodles, a recipe would be different from this recipe. **