Yakisoba Recipe and Origins: Fun Facts and Tips

You've probably eaten or at least heard about Yakisoba (焼きそば). It is a dish of Chinese origin, but ended up becoming very popular and gaining fame as a Japanese dish. The word Yakisoba literally means "fried noodles". This dish is widely consumed and enjoyed in many parts of the world.

Yakisoba is a simple dish, basically made with noodles sautéed with vegetables and meats. Always well seasoned and with a specific sauce, similar to Worcestershire sauce, only thicker. Let's get to know a little about the history of this dish and find out how it arrived and if popularized in japan.

Don't ask me why in English you had to add a s in the word yakisoba... Let's keep the 2 forms in the article for a change...

Yakisoba - origin, curiosities and recipe

The origin of yakisoba in Japan

As already said and contrary to what one might imagine, the origin of the dish is Chinese. Chinese noodles called chuukamen used in yakissoba, it was introduced in Japan in the Edo era (17th~19th centuries). This macaroni was only popular among the nobles, as it was not easily accessible by the general population. However, in the Meiji Era (19th~20th centuries) with the opening of ports, things begin to change.

In this period, many Chinese neighborhoods began to appear in port cities, and soon typical restaurants began to serve Chinese noodles. This contributed to the gradual increase in the spread of the dish throughout the country. Soon, adaptations were made to the dish by the Japanese.

Yakisoba - origin, curiosities and recipe

For example, right after the end of the Second World War, yakisoba has become a practical and cheap food. Lots of chopped cabbage was mixed with Chinese noodles and steamed and then added to Worcestershire sauce.

This yakisoba was able to quickly satisfy hunger, at a time when there was food rationing. Yakisoba was usually seasoned mostly with Worcestershire sauce or soy sauce. Afterwards, the sauce was standardized throughout the country. yakisoba sauce.

Facts about Yakisoba

Although Yakisoba takes under the in the name, the main noodle used in the recipe is the ramen. There is also a variation using udon noodles called yakiudon.

One of the biggest differences from the Chinese preparation is that the dish is more greasy, unlike the Japanese preparation. What also differs are some typical ingredients from each country.

Yakisoba - origin, curiosities and recipe

The Japanese also invented a hotdog-style bread stuffed with yakisoba itself. It may seem strange, but I had the chance to try it and I found this pasta and pasta combination delicious.

Generally, in the Japanese preparation, ingredients such as cabbage, carrots, broccoli, onions, leeks, seaweed powder, oyster sauce, furikake, among others are used. It can be served with chicken, beef and pork as well as shrimp, squid and other seafood.

Yakisoba is not only very Tasty with nourishing and in addition, the mixture of flavors is very noticeable by the palate and appreciated by people all over the world.


The Yakibility Program is a complete program of teaching Japanese and Chinese cuisine with hot dishes that everyone loves. We will teach you how to prepare from a Ramen Soup well differentiated to traditional dishes of Japanese cuisine.

Very traditional and little explored dishes such as okonomiyaki, the delicious Japanese pancake, including the Japanese-style fried chicken, the Karaague and Chicken Chess which is very popular in Chinese cuisine.

You will also learn to do katsu donburi, shimeji, karepan, kareraisu, breaded shrimp, gohan, onigiri, kimpira renkon, missoshiru, sunomono, teishoku, tempura, salmon tenpan and yakimeshi. A full course of hot dishes.

The artigo is still half finished, but we recommend opening it to read the following later:

How to prepare a Yakisoba

Below we will see a simple recipe on how to prepare your own Yakisoba. Recipes can vary and be diversified, we leave 2, one in video and one in text.


  • 300 g of noodles for yakisoba;
  • 1 tablespoon of oil;
  • 1 large chopped onion;
  • 250 ml of yakisoba sauce;
  • 1/2 small bunch of broccoli;
  • 1/2 small bunch of cauliflower;
  • 6 tablespoons of soy sauce;
  • 400 g of thinly sliced meat (mignon, duckling or rump);
  • 1 sliced carrot;
  • 100 g of mushrooms (optional);

Preparation mode:

  • 1- Cook the pasta with salt to taste;
  • 2- In another pan with oil, sauté the onion;
  • 3- Add all the other ingredients and season with soy sauce;
  • 4- Add the yakisoba sauce and cook until the vegetables are cooked. (if you don't have yakisoba sauce, use soy sauce);
  • 5- Add the pasta and mix well and it's ready;

There are noodles for yakisoba other than the ones you find in any market that look like noodles. A real soba style noodle, if you can find it your recipe will be much better.

yakisoba sauce recipe

In case you want to make the yakisoba sauce yourself, let's leave a recipe for the sauce ingredients below. Just put these measurements and make your own sauce.

  • 1 teaspoon of sugar;
  • 1 coffee spoon of aji-no-moto;
  • 3 tablespoons of soy sauce (shoyu);
  • 3 tablespoons of oil;
  • 3 tablespoons mirin sake (culinary sake);
  • 1 coffee spoon of hondashi;
  • salt and sesame oil to taste;
  • corn starch to thicken;
  • 2 medium glasses of water;

Hope you enjoyed the article! Do you like yakisoba? Or never ate? Leave in the comments what you think of this dish and share with friends.

Read more articles from our website

Thanks for reading! But we would be happy if you take a look at other articles below: