Japanese Fried Noodles Recipe

Ever wonder how to make those fried noodles from your favorite take-out place? Now you can.

Summer 2014

  • Photo courtesy Fotolia/MR.SURAKIT HARNTONGKUL

Total Hands-On Time: 45 min

Yield: 1 large pan

Fried Noodles (or Yakisoba)

In 2012, we had the opportunity to spend two weeks in Japan, specifically in Northern Honshu and Southeastern Hokkaido. We arrived in Sendi in the evening and once we were settled into our hotel, food was the priority. We walked out into the night in hopes of finding a convenience store to hold us over until morning but what we found was a marvelous street festival centered around a Shinto shrine. There were vendors selling all kinds of food and the one we tried first turned out to be yakisoba or fried noodles. It became one of our favorite meals while we were in Japan.

Yakisoba is widely available in noodle shops, train stations and izakaya, the Japanese equivalent of the English “gastropub” in which one can order not only food but also a cold sake (we visited in the summer). Instant yakisoba bowls have started showing up here in the United States in grocery stores but it is easy to make your own. For the following Yakisoba you’ll want 3 pieces of the fried Monk’s Loaf, which will substitute for commonly used fish cakes or other meat.


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