Yakisoba

Yakisoba is the Japanese version of chow-mein noodles – a stir-fried mix of noodles, meat and vegetables, both delicious and potentially healthy. What’s not to like?

Ingredients:
Package of fresh yakisoba noodles
Yakisoba sauce (Otafuku brand sauce pictured above)
Vegetables: yellow onion, carrots, bell pepper, bean sprouts, head of cabbage, scallions, green onions, mushrooms (optional), garlic (optional)
Meat: chicken, beef (e.g., flank steak), shrimp

Directions:
In a wok or frying pan, heat up the garlic and yellow onions, then cook the meat (I used chicken thighs). Then, add all of the other vegetables (except the green onions), adding the ones that need more time to cook (e.g., carrots) first. Then, add the noodles last, adding a little bit of water as needed, as they cook within a couple of minutes (defer to the instructions on the noodle package though). Then, add the yakisoba sauce and lightly stir it all together. Top with chopped up green onions and then eat.

Notes:
Fresh noodles work (and taste) the best! A package that was enough to feed 4-6 people cost about $3 at the local Marina Foods. If there are a lot of leftovers, the noodles freeze and re-heat quite nicely.

Previously Made:
June 9, 2011: Made with Game 5 of the Heat-Mavs game on the TV. For some reason, I don’t think it had the same “oopmh!” that the April dish had. This time, I tried cooking the yakisoba noodles a little less, knowing that over time, it would simmer in the pot with the rest of the ingredients, and I think that was a good move.
April 12, 2011: First time I made it! Pretty yummy and it feeds an army (or lasts for a week’s worth of meals).

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