3 Best Instant Yakisoba Noodles for Beginners

“Yakisoba (焼きそば)” is a Japanese dish made by stir-frying wheat noodles with vegetables and meat (typically pork belly), seasoned with Worcestershire sauce, similar to Chinese chow mein.

It is one of Japan’s most commonly eaten noodle dishes, together with ramen, udon, and soba.

Yakisoba Noodles

Yakisoba is available in many variations like ramen. Some cities in Japan create their own unique varieties and use them to revitalize the local economy.

In fact, since people often cook and eat it at home, a variety of instant Yakisoba noodles can be seen in supermarkets and convenience stores in Japan.

3 Best Instant Yakisoba Noodles for Beginners

Among those, three instant Yakisoba noodles have a top-class market share. They are all delicious and have been the favorites of all generations. 

I think they are best for Yakisoba beginners too. So today, I will introduce the products. If you want to know how to cook them, this article will help.

1. Nissin UFO Sauce Yakisoba (日清焼そばU.F.O)

Nissin UFO Sauce Yakisoba

First off, introduced by Nissin in 1976, UFO Sauce Yakisoba is one of the best Japanese instant noodles.

This instant Yakisoba is said to have gained wide popularity thanks to TV commercials. A few decades ago, it occupied an overwhelming share of over 60% in the market.

Even now, Nissin UFO Sauce Yakisoba holds a top market share in Japan and is widely enjoyed because of its addictiveness.

It uses medium-thick chewy noodles, coated with an umami-packed thick Yakisoba sauce, garnished with green nori seaweed, seasoned pork, and shredded cabbage.

2. Peyang Sauce Yakisoba (ペヤングソース焼きそば)

Peyang Sauce Yakisoba

Together with Nissin UFO Sauce Yakisoba, Peyang Sauce Yakisoba is one of the most popular instant Yakisoba noodles in Japan, introduced by Maruka Foods in 1975.

While the former is familiar to those living in West Japan, this one is the best-known in the Kanto region around Tokyo and the Koshinetsu region, including Nagano, Niigata, and Yamanashi Prefectures.

Compared to Nissin UFO Sauce Yakisoba, Peyang Sauce Yakisoba noodles are thin, and the sauce is light. But they have a pleasant chew and a delicious fragrance.

3. Myojo Ippeichan Yomise no Yakisoba (明星一平ちゃん夜店の焼そば)

Myojo Ippeichan Yomise no Yakisoba
Myojo Ippeichan Yomise no Yakisoba is the best instant Yakisoba from Myojo’s Ippeichan line, which went on the market in 1995, known as the pioneer of Karashi Mayonnaise for Yakisoba.

In the cup, the spicy mustard mayonnaise gives the noodles a delightful kick, making them a not-boring scrumptious dish.


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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