The 3 Best Instant Yakisoba Noodles for Beginners

“Yakisoba (焼きそば)” is a quintessential Japanese noodle stir-fried with vegetables and meat, which is similar to Chinese chow mein.

In fact, Yakisoba, together with Ramen, Udon and Soba, is one of the noodle dishes most commonly eaten in Japan throughout the year.

As for the variety, there are many variations of Yakisoba noodles locally eaten in Japan, many of which were created to revitalize local towns.

Yakisoba Noodles

We Japanese sometimes make and enjoy Yakisoba at home. Hence, like instant ramen, a variety of instant Yakisoba, from super-spicy to weird flavored ones, are available at most supermarkets and convenience stores in Japan.

Even among those, there are 3 long-selling instant Yakisoba noodles that have been widely loved by Japanese of all generations for decades.

Because of that, I think they are the 3 best instant Yakisoba noodles for beginners who have never tried the Japanese noodle dish in the past.

Not only do the 3 instant Yakisoba taste really great, but they are also easy to eat and have a large share in the market.

The 3 Best Instant Yakisoba Noodles for Yakisoba Beginners

Therefore, here I will introduce the 3 best instant Yakisoba noodles for Yakisoba beginners.

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

Nissin UFO Sauce Yakisoba Nissin UFO Sauce Yakisoba

Nissin UFO Sauce Yakisoba is a long-selling instant Yakisoba produced and sold by Japan’s largest instant noodles manufacturer Nissin, which was released in 1976.

It is said that this instant Yakisoba gained wide popularity thanks to TV commercials. In fact a few decades ago, this product boasted an overwhelming share of over 60% in Japan’s market.

Now Nissin UFO Sauce Yakisoba has become one of the standard instant Yakisoba noodles in Japan and is widely enjoyed by many people.

The Nissin’s instant Yakisoba is especially characterized by the addicting Yakisoba sauce rich in flavor and umami, and has medium-thick straight noodles that satisfy you.

The topping that comes with this instant Yakisoba includes green nori seaweed powder, seasoned pork, and shredded cabbage.

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

Peyang Sauce YakisobaImage : Peyang Sauce Yakisoba

Peyang Sauce Yakisoba was introduced into Japan’s market by Maruka Foods in 1975. This instant Yakisoba, together with Nissin UFO Sauce Yakisoba, has a very large share in the Japan’s current instant Yakisoba market.

Nissin UFO Sauce Yakisoba is the instant Yakisoba most familiar to those who live in the western part of Japan, while Peyang Sauce Yakisoba is the best-known in the Kanto region around Tokyo and the Koshinetsu district including Nagano, Niigata, and Yamanashi Prefectures.

The noodles are thin compared to Nissin UFO Sauce Yakisoba and easy to eat. On the other hand, the accompanying Yakisoba sauce is somewhat light in flavor, but has a good scent.

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 Instant Yakisoba

Myojo Ippeichan Yomise no Yakisoba is a relatively new instant Yakisoba from Myojo Ippeichan Series, which went on the market in 1995.

As with the above 2 noodles, this product also accounts for a large share in the Japan’s market and is famous as the first instant Yakisoba with Karashi Mayonnaise (mustard mayo).

Adding an addicting spicy touch and a little bit of kick, the mustard mayo that comes with this instant Yakisoba matches perfectly with the Yakisoba noodles, making them a fabulous noodle dish.

If you want to know how to cook instant Yakisoba noodles, this article will help.


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. I want to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures and trivia.

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