Yakisoba: the Street Food That Everyone Loves

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  • Yakisoba is a classic Japanese dish, and it is generally seen as a typical street food. If there is a festival or other large outdoor event going on, you will often see yakisoba stalls lining the roads. This dish is made by stir-frying boiled ramen noodles, vegetables, and meat or seafood with a sweet/savory sauce. Its noodles are produced from wheat flour and flavored with a sauce that is similar to oyster sauce.

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    Sauces and Toppings

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    Yakisoba translates to “grilled noodles” in English. The sweet, strong flavor of this dish is created by chuno sauce or sosu. Sosu is a sauce commonly used in dishes with tonkatsu, salad, hamburger steak and Japanese curry. Chuno sauce is like a combination of Worcestershire sauce and ketchup and gives food a tangy, savory, and spicy flavor.

    Usual toppings for Yakisoba are aonori (green seaweed flakes) and benishoga (red pickled ginger). The flavors of aonori and spicy benishoga compliment the flavor of Yakisoba well. Even when your noodles are of a not so great quality, these added flavors can make the yakisoba taste delicious. Some people also like to use spicy mustard or mayonnaise.

    Yakisoba Sandwich

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    Yakisoba is often served on a plate or in a plastic box, and could either serve as a main dish or just be a side dish. But there is another way to eat it: some people in Japan like to pile the noodles into a bun, then slice the middle just like a hot dog and top it off with mayonnaise and shreds of pickled ginger. They call this yakisoba-pan, it is available at local festivals but also in most convenience stores.

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    Yakisoba is a very popular casual snack and can be found in many places like restaurants, festivals, supermarket delis, and even at home. This is indeed a meal that is very easy to prepare and is readily available almost anywhere. This is a convenient food to eat, especially during busy times. This maybe just considered a street food, but actually it is quite nutritious compared to other typical street foods because of the wheat and the vegetables it contains.

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