5 dried shiitake mushrooms
480g (16 oz) pre-cooked yakisoba noodles (about 3 packets)
4 spring onions (scallions)
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 small onion, sliced
250g (9 oz) pork belly, skin removed and thinly sliced
1 cup finely julienned carrot
5 small cabbage leaves, cut into bite-sized pieces
thinly sliced Japanese pickled ginger, to serve (optional)
4 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tbsp ketchup
1 tsp dark sweet soy sauce
Soak the shiitake mushrooms in hot water for 10 minutes or until softened. Use a knife to remove the stem and discard those. Slice the mushrooms and set aside for later.
Heat a large pot of water over high heat until boiling. Add the noodles. Allow them to soak for a minute. Then use tongs to gently shake the noodles apart. As soon as the noodles have loosened, drain them and set aside in a large wide plate or tray.
For the yakisoba sauce, mix all the ingredients in a small bowl.
Finely slice the pale part of the spring onion. Keep these with your onions. Then cut the remaining green part of the spring onion into batons. Keep those for scattering over at the end of your stir-fry.
Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large non-stick frying pan over high heat. Add the onions and the pale part of the spring onion. Stir-fry for 20 seconds. Then push everything to the side and make some space in the middle of the pan. Pour in the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil. Then add the pork slices and spread them out. Allow them to colour on the first side for about a minute. Then turn them over and then stir-fry until the pork is just cooked. Now add the carrot and stir-fry for 20 seconds. Then add the cabbage and stir-fry for another 30 seconds. Now add the shiitake mushrooms. Then add the noodles and the stir-fry sauce. Toss until well combined and the sauce has been absorbed by the noodles. Scatter over the green part of the spring onion. Remove from heat and divide among serving bowls. Top with pickled ginger if using.
Yakisoba noodles are a super-simple noodle dish that are ideal if you’re looking for a quick and easy weeknight meal. Yakisoba noodles look similar to ramen noodles, but are the Japanese take on stir-fried noodles. They’re normally served with a medley of pork, vegetables and a sauce that is a little sweet, a little spicy and a whole lot glossy and delicious. They’re super easy to make and versatile too – try adding your choice of veggies as well as whatever protein you like to make these noodles truly your own.
This was such a simple recipe but so full of flavor and it has all the pieces of a full meal. Will DEFINITELY be making this again and again.