My family and I have grown to really love yakisoba. We were at a BBQ with my husband’s co-workers and the Japanese made it look extremely easy to make the yakisoba on the grill. After the BBQ we have had this meal many times pan fried in our own home and it is a great meal for Meatless Mondays for those of you that do that in your home, but for those that don’t do veggie meals you can easily add meat to your yakisoba.
What you need:
Meat (optional) – you can use pork, beef, chicken, any type of meat you want make sure its cut thin and small. One large chicken breast would be enough for this recipe.
Fish Cake (optional) – the Japanese like putting this in their yakisoba and its traditionally in it in most recipes. You can get this at a local Asian market and I have seen it at Safeway a few times when we lived in the States. We opt out on this.
Veggies – We bought our veggies at our local farmers market. The fun part of this recipe is you can customize it to have whatever veggies your heart desires. For instructional purposes we used bell peppers, onions, and cabbage.
Noodles – We used udon noodles that we bought in the frozen section at the local Asian market. You can also buy this shelf stable type that I found on Amazon. Make sure your noodles are defrosted before pan frying.
Yakisoba Sauce – We bought a premade mix at the Asian Store. You can also get this Yakisoba Sauce on Amazon but its three times the cost. We got ours at the store for $3.
Sesame seed oil if you have it. If not, olive oil or vegetable oil will do.
Precut your vegetables and eye how much you will need. It was only my husband, LO, and I, so this was plenty for us.
In your frying pan, dabble a little bit of your oil to keep the noodles from sticking and add your noodles. If you have the prepackage noodles like I have a good tip is one package per serving. Since it is the two of us adults and a baby, I just did two packages. I put my frying pan on medium heat.
Once your noodles are slightly warmed up (this takes about a minute or two) I added in my veggies and my sauce. Mix in your sauce for a minute or so, be careful to not overcook your veggies which can be easily done.
All done! Easy Yakisoba that took fifteen minutes to prep and cook!
I’m always scouring the internet for easy dinners to make that are also fast and cheap… and bonus, these are homemade! Pinterest has several posts on how to make your own pizza rolls. I decided to give it a try and see how it turns out.
Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
Being in Japan, most of the cho houses do not have ovens. Most of us that cook at home have purchased a toaster oven to satisfy our baking needs. I, after seeing several QVC infomercials at 3 in the morning breastfeeding LO, gave in and purchased a NuWave Oven. I LOVE my nuwave oven... that will be another post on its own. So step one, foil your NuWave oven pan or use a cookie sheet.
Open your crescent rolls and lay out your layers on a cutting board. I always open these like I’m opening champagne bottles or firing a gun. The pop still to this day scares the bejeezus out of me!
Lay out the pepperoni. I lay around 3-5, it’s all about preference.
Lay out your cheese. I used shredded cheese because that I what already had, but you can also use the string cheese version. Just cut them in half and place them in. String cheese I imagine would be easier to roll with.
Place them double stacked in your NuWave oven. If you are using a cookie sheet make sure you preheat your oven to 350 degrees beforehand.
In my NuWave oven, I had put my rolls in for 10 minutes with a pause at 5 minutes to switch the rolls on top to the bottom. You could probably get creative with placement and get them all on one tray and bake them for the full 10 minutes without a pause. In a regular oven, bake them for 22 minutes at 350 degrees.
While those puppies are baking, I started getting my sauce ready. I had a jar of Prego in my cupboard so I used that. You can also use pizza sauce like other recipes call for. Heat over your stove or microwave to warm up the sauce.
And Voila! You have yourself pizza rolls!