Cooking Local: Yakisoba


One of my very favorite Japanese foods is yakisoba.  For one, it’s just a fun word to say.  Yakisoba, yakisoba, yakisoba!  Two, what’s not to love about it? It’s quick, easy, and tasty.  Choose your favorite meat, some yummy, fresh veggies, add some noodles and you’re good to go!  It’s also versatile in that, if you are a vegetarian you can alter it so that you have no trouble with this meal.

I learned how to make yakisoba when my friend Yvonne hosted our monthly spouse get-together for my husband’s squadron at her house.  She had recently learned how to make yakisoba when she took one of the cooking classes offered through MCCS, and had decided to pass on her newfound culinary skills to us!

Yaki Girls

She gave us each a handout from the class, but there were no measurements for the recipe.  This is how I like to cook anyway, but for those of you who have a hard time with that, I added some approximates for you in the recipe below. You can usually find all of the ingredients at the Foster or Kadena commissaries.  At the Foster commissary, there are Soba noodles and Yakisoba sauce at the end of the produce aisle on the right-hand side.  They are in the black refrigerator unit that is right after the pre-packaged lettuce.  It makes a large meal, so invite some friends over and have fun with it!

Yaki Ingred

Yakisoba Recipe:

1 lb. meat (chicken, pork, beef, or shrimp), cut in strips

Chopped veggies about 2 cups total — Carrots, Cabbage, Bean sprouts, Green/red pepper (choose as many or as few as you’d like, or add new ones! I love sugar snap peas) –

Soba noodles (pre-cooked in the package)

Yakisoba sauce – to taste; I use a little less than half a bottle

1 Tbsp. Garlic

2 Tbsp. Vegetable oil

Dash of Pepper

1. Heat oil in wok/large skillet.

2. Add meat and saute’ over high heat until cooked through, about 4 minutes.

3. Add veggies and stir-fry (turning continuously) over medium-high heat to desired preference of doneness.  I like mine with a little crunch to the veggies! Add more oil if they start to stick.

Yaki Pan

4. Add noodles and cook until heated through, stirring every 30 seconds or so.

5. Add a dash of pepper, the garlic and Yakisoba sauce.  Toss to coat in the sauce and heat through for another minute.

Yaki Finished

6. Enjoy!

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  • November 20, 2012

    been looking for the real yakisoba since i left japan in 1980. I’ve tried several fakes so i may as well give it one more shot. hopefully you will end my misery or stop me from flying all the way back to okinawa to eat my alltime favorite dish. Thanks

  • April 15, 2011

    You are welcome! Glad you liked it. Jessica, I bet the ginger would be a great addition. Thanks for the idea!

    Megan P.
  • April 15, 2011

    Thanks guys! Tried this yummy recipe last night…crazy yummy. Forgot to pick up sprouts though…so will have to make again soon with them! 🙂

    Jenny S
  • April 14, 2011

    Thanks for this post! I tried this recipe today using chicken and adding onions and ginger and it was fantastic!

  • April 14, 2011

    Thank you for sharing! I usually just “wing-it” but it never turns out right. Cant wait to try this recipe out!

  • April 13, 2011

    Thanks Megan! This looks awesome. I can’t wait to try it!