What are yakisoba noodles?
If you are a fan of Asian food, you have probably seen or even tried this type of noodle at your local Japanese food spot but still have no idea what makes it different from other types of noodles. Well, let’s go ahead and show you what makes yakisoba noodles so unique!
Yakisoba noodles are a type of noodle that is most often used in Japanese stir-fry dishes. The first dishes that involved yakisoba noodles seem to be served out of food stalls in early 20th century Japan. While yakisoba literally means “fried buckwheat” in Japanese, this type of noodles is actually made with wheat flour instead. Yakisoba noodles dishes are most often flavored with yakisoba sauce which is very similar to oyster sauce.
How are yakisoba noodles made?
Yakisoba noodles are traditionally prepared by frying them with cabbage, onion, carrots, celery, yakisoba sauce, pepper, salt and a chopped up meat of your choice, usually ham, beef, pork or chicken. Traditional Japanese food garnishes such as chili pastes, pickled ginger, fish flakes, seaweed powder, wasabi, soy sauce and yellow mustard are often served with the noodles to be added to create the perfect flavor for the taster. In Okinawa, however, yakisoba is often prepared with spam, hot dogs, ketchup, mayonnaise and any available canned vegetable due to their history of relying on US food supplies after World War II.
Yakisoba noodles are most often eaten and served as a main dish or a side dish with other meats and sauces. However, yakisoba is also often served in the middle of a long bun in a manner very similar to a hot dog or taco.
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