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With yakisoba (焼 き そ ば) term we indicate one of the most known and appreciated dishes both in Japan and abroad. It is a preparation based on sautéed noodles (not buckwheat soba, but durum wheat chukamen), cooked on a hot plate or pan, with the addition of the typical yakisoba sauce (Otafuku or equivalent) .

It is such a common preparation that in Japan it is possible to find it everywhere, pre-cooked in supermarkets, or prepared fresh especially in conjunction with matsuri.

To make my yakisoba dish I used the basic ingredients from the Oishiiplanet online store.

The recipe that I propose is very simple and quick to make with a few ingredients, excellent especially if you are in company, and is calibrated for two people.


1 pack of pre-cooked yakisoba noodles (use 1 single portion each)

3 tablespoons of Otafuku sauce for yakisoba

3 leaves of white cabbage or savoy cabbage

3 thin slices of bacon

1 carrot

1/2 white onion

vegetable oil


- Cut the vegetables into slices that are not too thin and set aside.

- Cut the bacon strips into strips and set aside.

- Heat a teaspoon of vegetable oil in a flat non-stick pan (or wok) or on a griddle and brown the onions.

- After a couple of minutes, add the bacon strips and brown for another two minutes.

- Add the rest of the vegetables and continue to stir with the help of two spatulas. Add a drop of plain water.

- Make some space in the center of the pot and pour the pre-cooked noodles: help yourself with the spatulas by continuing to turn the noodles until they are well separated, being careful not to break them.

- Pour in the Otafuku sauce and continue stirring. Allow to flavor well and serve immediately hot (you can add aonori seaweed, sesame seeds, katsuobushi or beni shoga as garnishes to taste).

Yakisoba | © Cookingwiththehamster
Yakisoba | © Cookingwiththehamster
Yakisoba Otafuku sauce Cookingwiththehamster
Yakisoba Otafuku sauce | © Cookingwiththehamster
Pre-cooked yakisoba noodles Cookingwiththehamster
Pre-cooked yakisoba noodles | © Cookingwiththehamster