Anime Clubs's Yakisoba
This may just be one of Japan’s most famous street foods! Yakisoba literally means “fried noodles”, with yaki meaning fried and soba meaning noodles. It's thought to have originated from the Chinese dish Chow mein, and became a popular fast-food in the outdoor markets that popped up around Japan after the war. In a time when food was harder to come by, the basic and low-priced ingredients needed, and the quick and easy preparation, made Yakisoba perfectly suited for the masses and these markets. And as students - that’s what we want too right? Cheap and easy!
But we especially love Yakisoba because of its common portrayal in anime! We know those who watch anime regularly, will easily recognize the dish. If an anime features a family celebration, a festival, food stalls, or a day out at the park, Yakisoba is almost guaranteed to make an appearance. It might be because this dish is a simple yet satisfying meal that is so easy to prepare - that makes it so popular on our screens. Or perhaps it’s because it just looks really, really delicious - in real life or animation!
The majority of the ingredients below can be bought in an Asian mart. But yakisoba is supposed to be fun, so feel free to add or take out any ingredients you’d like! We know going to the supermarket now can be a little tricky now - so substitute what you have and let us know if you invent the next viral Yakisoba sensation!
Here's what you'll need:
- Pre-Cooked Yakisoba or Egg noodles
- Meat is optional - we recommend thinly sliced pork belly
- 1 Tbsp Yakisoba sauce
- 1 Tbsp Oil
All vegetables are up to you! We used:
- 1/2 carrot
- ½ Brown Onion
- ¼ Cabbage
- ½ Red Capsicum
- ½ C Bean sprouts
Toppings are also optional - here are our recommendations:
- Bonito flakes
- Red pickled radish
- Kewpie mayonnaise
- Seaweed flakes
- Fresh Chilli
- Fried Egg
- First - wash all your vegetables well. Then thinly slice the brown onion, slice carrots into matchsticks, slice the red capsicum into strips, thinly chop the cabbage, chop the green onions (shallots), cut up the cabbage and if using meat cut into small pieces.
- Next, in a skillet or a wok, heat oil on medium high heat. If you’re adding meat - cook this first. Then add the onion and carrots as they take longer to cook compared to the other veggies. Let them cook for a few minutes. Add the cabbage and capsicum and again veggies cook for a few minutes.
- Now add the noodles and bean sprouts, lower the heat and stir fry to make sure ingredients are mix well and the vegetables have a slight browning to them.
- Add Yakisoba sauce and let this cook together for another minute or two. Then you’re done! Pop your Yakisoba into your favourite bowl - ready for topping.
- All your toppings are absolutely optional - so pick your favourites! Some good options are; fried egg, seaweed flakes, kewpie mayo, red pickled radish and bonito flakes. But you have a secret Yakisoba topping hack - let us know!
Do you like Anime? Manga? Games? Anime@UTS is dedicated to providing members a selection of the latest Japanese animations on screen, as well as a community giving opportunity for students from different faculties to meet and socialise - and discuss their latest anime discovery.
Since we can’t bring you physically together at the moment - follow us on Facebook and Instagram @anime@UTS and tag us in your Yakisoba creations so we can enjoy anime style food together. Or maybe you’ve seen another popular anime dish that you’re wanting to try - tag us! We’d love to see.