This Yakisoba (Japanese Stir Fry Noodles) with bacon and veggies is so yummy, I love how the noodles and bacon are balanced out with tons of fresh vegetables.
Yakisoba (Japanese Stir Fry Noodles)
Yakisoba is a family favorite from my sister-in-law Katelyn. She made it for us this summer and I think I have made it at least three times since. It is so yummy, I love how the noodles and bacon are balanced out with tons of vegetables. I didn’t think I would like the cabbage in it, but now it’s my favorite part of this dish. It has the best texture and flavor! You have to find the Yakixsba noodles at an Asian Market type of store. Make sure you are getting the fresh noodles (not the dry dehydrated kind). The Yakisoba noodles can be found in the refrigerated section of the grocery store. Some markets will carry it in the produce section as well.
What is Yakisoba?
Yakisoba means “fried buckwheat” or “grilled noodles” when translated literally. The buckwheat translation speaks to the fact that yakisoba noodles are actually made from wheat flour. Some people wonder about the similarity between Yakisoba and Chow Mein. This Japanese dish is similar to the Chinese Chow Mein. Both dishes incorporate stir fried wheat noodles. However, Chinese Chow Mein noodles are typically fried crisp (or nearly crisp) before mixing with stir fried vegetables.
Yakisoba is also similar to Chinese Lo Mein dish, but the flavors in the sauce are distinctly different.
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How To Make Yakisoba (Japanese Stir Fry Noodles)
- AN HOUR BEFORE COOKING: Open the noodles and set aside the seasoning packets for later use. Break up the noodles into a colander and put the colander into a larger bowl filled with water. Soak for 1 hour. You do not cook the noodles.
- Cook the bacon in a large fry pan or wok. When bacon is crispy, remove from pan to a plate lined with a paper towel but keep the grease in the pan! Chop the bacon and set aside.
- Add carrots to the bacon grease and saute for 5 minutes on medium heat.
- Add broccoli and cook for another 5 minutes.
- Add the cabbage. When it is starting to look almost cooked through add the zucchini and peas.
- Drain the water from the noodles.
- Add noodles, seasoning packets, and cooked bacon to the wok.
- Stir until everything is heated through. Serve and enjoy!