Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Yakisoba Noodle Stir Fry Recipe and Japanese Word of the Month

This marks the first of a new feature: Japanese Culture and Word of the Month by Lord Hidetoro  Shigamitsu

Easy Yakisoba Noodle Stir Fry

Prep time (roughly) 5 mins
Cook time 10 mins
Total time 15 mins

2 (5.6 ounce) packages of yakisoba noodles* (Udon noodles are ok to)
¼ cup soy sauce
1 Tablespoon white sugar
⅛ teaspoon red pepper flakes
¼ cup rice vinegar
¼ cup water or broth (I prefer chicken broth)
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
1 small onion, vertically sliced
1 cup shredded cabbage
2 scallions, chopped

Follow package instructions to heat and separate noodles. Combine the soy sauce, sugar, red pepper flakes, vinegar, and water in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Heat the vegetable oil in a large saute pan or wok set over medium-high heat. Add the sliced onions and stir fry for 1 minute. Add the cabbage and cook for another 2 minutes until softened. Add the prepared yakisoba (or Udon) noodles and toss well. Pour the sauce into the pan and toss to coat the noodles. Stir fry for 3 to 4 minutes until heated through. Turn off the heat and add the scallions. Serve hot.

Word of the Month
Word: wakarimasen = ( Wah-Kah-Ri-Mah-Sen)
Meaning: I don't know
How to write in kanji: わかりません


  1. Yakisoba is a presumably modern Chinese dish popular in modern Japan. Yakisoba restaurants have distinctive decor which evokes China. They also typically sell gyoza which is another Chinese dish. I just looked up yakisoba in『新版日本料理語源集』by 中村幸平 and verified that it is Chinese cuisine. Unfortunately, he does not mention when it was introduced to Japan. However, since tempura which is a Portuguese import does not receive a foreign treatment and yakisoba does, I rather suspect that it was imported after the Meiji Restoration in 1868 and quite likely in the 1930s when there were significant Japanese colonies in China.

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    2. Thank you for all your wonderful info on this receipe. Maybe I should also mention since you pointed out how much of this is wrong. There were not plastic packages either in period. Not to mention soy sauce wasnt until Around 1580.

      Scallions, nope..they werent Japanese either.
      However what a nice dish this makes and is fun to eat when hungry and just want to learn :)