Monday, November 7, 2011

Seafood Yakisoba (Japanese Fried Noodles)


I love the simplicity of Japanese cuisine and how easy it is to replicate some of the dishes that are commonly served at Japanese restaurants. Many of the recipes are often simple enough with a relatively short list of ingredients, and the dishes can be prepared in a short amount of time. Yakisoba, which is a Japanese fried noodle dish, usually contains cabbage, meat and other vegetables, and is topped with aonori, which are green seaweed flakes. The noodles are flavoured with yakisoba sauce, which is a thick and tangy version of Worchestershire sauce. I used to think that soba (buckwheat) noodles were used for this, but in fact, it uses wheat noodles, similar to ramen or chinese egg noodles. You can buy yakisoba noodles that come packed in individual serving sizes. They don't need to be boiled, but can be added directly into the pan and sitr-fried with the other ingredients. That makes it such an easy and fuss-free dish to cook.


If you can't find yakisoba noodles, you can substitute with thin egg noodles or ramen. Try making your own yakisoba sauce (see recipe below) as it tastes just as good as the store-bought ones. The main thing that defines the yakisoba is the sweet and tangy sauce, and the rest of the ingredients are really up to your fancy. This quick and easy one-dish meal is healthy, tasty and ideal for busy weeknights (or lazy weekends)!


Yakisoba Recipe
Adapted from Japanese Cooking at Home by Hideo Dekura

Ingredients

300g fresh yakisoba noodles
Vegetable oil, for frying
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 tsp grated ginger
1/2 onion, sliced
1/2 cup sliced red/green peppers
2 dried shiitake mushrooms, soaked and sliced thinly
1 cup roughly chopped cabbage
100g mixed seafood (or substitute with sliced pork fillet)
Salt and pepper to taste

Yakisoba Sauce:
2 tbsp ketchup
2 tbsp worchestershire sauce
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp super dashi (or subsitute with a pinch of dashi powder and 1 tbsp water)
1 tbsp honey

Garnish:
Aonori (green nori flakes)
Red pickled ginger

Method

Heat up 2 tbsp oil in a pan and fry the garlic, ginger, onion, red/green peppers, mushrooms and cabbage. Once the cabbage starts to soften, add the seafood and fry until cooked. Season with salt and pepper. Add noodles and yakisoba sauce to the pan while stirring. Mix well. Transfer to a serving plate and garnish with aonori and picked ginger. Enjoy while it's hot!

3 comments:

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

I love Yakisoba and I do think it's my lazy day meal too! =) You had it with modern yaki? How nice... I wanted to be at this table with you. Two of my favorite food on the table! Looks delicious!

To Food With Love said...

Thanks Nami. Well both yakisoba and modanyaki use similar ingredients anyway, so might as well kill 2 birds with one stone :)

John Cutler said...

I must try this Seafood Yakisoba.. looking scrumptious and mouth-watering
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