Yakisoba - Japanese Noodles

by Celeste Heiter, Dec 28, 2002 | Destinations: Japan / Tokyo

Yakisoba is a popular Japanese stir-fried noodle dish, often prepared on large portable griddles at outdoor events. You can make a similar version on your stovetop at home.

Yakisoba (2 to 4 Servings)

2 packages of ramen noodles (discard flavor packets)
One boneless chicken breast cut into ½" cubes
3 cups shredded Chinese cabbage (Napa cabbage)
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 tbsp freshly grated ginger
3 tbsp sesame oil or vegetable oil
¼ cup mild soy sauce
2 cups water, chicken stock or dashi (see recipe)
Beni Shoga (red pickled ginger, optional)

In a large saucepan, bring one quart of water to a boil and add ramen noodles. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until just tender. Remove from the heat and drain immediately.

Heat the oil in a large skillet or wok, and sauté the cubed chicken breast for 3 to 5 minutes, until just browned. Add the grated ginger and mushrooms and sauté until tender. Add the cabbage and stir-fry gently for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the soy sauce and the dashi or stock and simmer until the cabbage is tender.

Remove from the heat, add the cooked noodles and mix thoroughly. Cover and let stand for 10 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed. Serve in soup bowls and garnish with pickled red ginger.