This recipe for a traditional Japanese Yakisoba is a budget-friendly stir fried noodle dish that is perfect for using up leftover meat, like pork, chicken, or turkey.
Yakisoba: Japanese Stir Fried Noodles
Yakisoba is a Japanese noodle dish that literally translates to grilled (yaki) noodles (soba). This Japanese dish has a heavy Chinese influence and is very similar to Chinese Chow Mein. Both dishes feature stir fried noodles, however, Chinese chow mein uses wheat noodles that are often fried crisp or nearly crisp before being mixed or topped with the stir fried vegetables.
Yakisoba can use either wheat noodles (like ramen) or traditional buckwheat noodles (soba noodles). The noodles are stir fried with meat and vegetables. The dish is incredibly versatile and you will find many versions using different meats and vegetables. Amidst the variations, pork seems to be the most common meat and carrots and cabbage are the most frequently used vegetables.
Once the vegetables and meat have cooked and the cooked noodles have been added and sauteed briefly, a sweet and slightly salty sauce is added to the pan. You can find Yakisoba sauce sold in specialty Asian stores, but the ingredients used to create the traditional Yakisoba flavor can be made using ingredients you probably already have in your pantry and fridge: soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and sugar.
Like most noodle dishes, Yakisoba comes together incredibly quickly, making it a perfect weeknight meal for using up whatever meat and vegetables you have on hand. And, while Japanese noodles are traditional to use, you could even use spaghetti or linguini noodles if that’s what you have on hand!
Using Leftovers To Make A Tasty Yakisoba
With big holiday dinners coming up, we are already thinking about the best part: leftovers!!
One thing we love about Asian noodle dishes is that they are so versatile. You can take the concept and throw in any combination of meats and veggies, even change up the sauce depending on your family’s taste. While pork is the most traditional meat to find in Japanese Yakisoba, we decided to try it out with some leftover turkey. And, while not incredibly traditional, the dish is incredibly tasty with turkey. So, after you’re sick of second and third Thanksgiving from all the leftovers, this is a great way to re-invent them.
- 3 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
- 2 Tbsp ketchup
- 2 Tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp brown sugar
- 6 oz dry noodles: soba noodles, ramen, spaghetti, or linguini
- 1 Tbsp peanut oil or sesame oil
- 2 carrots, julienned
- 1 onion, sliced
- ¼ lb cabbage, sliced thin
- 1 c cooked turkey, diced
- 2 green onions, sliced (for garnish)
In a small bowl, combine sauce ingredients. Set aside.
Cook the noodles in boiling water to al dente according to your packaged instructions. Drain and cool the cooked noodles in cold water. Set aside.
Heat oil in a wok or large skillet. Add the carrots and onions. Sauté for 2-3 minutes over medium high heat, until bright and starting to soften. Add the cabbage and continue to cook, 1-2 minutes. Add the turkey, and continue to sauté until it is heated through. Finally, add the drained noodles and sauté until heated through.
Add the sauce to the mixture in the wok, tossing to coat completely. Taste the noodles and adjust the seasonings to suit your taste.
Garnish with green onion slices to serve.
As we get into the holiday season budget friendly meals are more important than ever, which is why this week the Sunday Supper crew is bringing you a collection of budget friendly recipes to keep your dinners interesting and tasty, without breaking the bank. Thanks to Shelby from Grumpy’s Honeybunch and Caroline from Caroline’s Cooking for hosting us!
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