The 3 Best Instant Yakisoba Noodles for Beginners

Yakisoba (焼きそば) is the quintessential Japanese noodles stir-fried with vegetables and meat, which is similar to Chinese chow mein.Yakisoba is well-known as one of the Japan’s 4 major noodle dishes, together with Ramen, Udon, and Soba noodles.

If you go to Japanese festivals in the summer season, you will see one or a few street stalls selling Yakisoba noodles, which are cooked just in front of you.Speaking of the variety, there are many variations of local Yakisoba noodles in Japan, many of which were created so as to revitalize their own towns.

We Japanese sometimes cook and have Yakisoba as a common noodle dish at home, so just like instant Ramen noodles, there are a variety of instant Yakisoba available at almost any supermarket and convenience store in Japan, from super-spicy to the ones with a weird or odd flavor .

Among those instant Yakisoba noodles, there are 3 long-selling instant Yakisoba that have been loved by many Japanese of all generations for a long time.Hence, I think that they are the 3 best instant Yakisoba noodles for beginners who have never eaten the Japanese noodle dish before.

The 3 Best Instant Yakisoba Noodles for Beginners

Today, I want to introduce the 3 best instant Yakisoba noodles for Yakisoba beginners.

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

2017040020_5Image : Nissin UFO Sauce Yakisoba

Nissin UFO Sauce Yakisoba is the long-seller instant Yakisoba released in 1977 by Nissin (日清), a leading Japanese food company with the largest share in the Japan’s instant noodles market.This instant Yakisoba became a big hit thanks to its TV commercial.At that time, this product reached the largest share of over 60% in the market, and even now it is one of the most popular instant Yakisoba in Japan and enjoyed by many Japanese.The noodles with medium size are straight, and the accompanying sauce is addictive with plenty of flavor.The topping that comes with this instant Yakisoba includes green nori seaweed powder, pork, and shredded cabbage.

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

DSC_0595Image : Peyang Instant Sauce Yakisoba

Peyang Sauce Yakisoba was put in the market by Maruka Foods in 1975.This instant Yakisoba, together with Nissin UFO Sauce Yakisoba, has a very large share in the Japan’s instant Yakisoba market today.Nissin UFO Yakisoba is the most familiar instant Yakisoba to those who live in the western part of Japan in particular, while Peyang Sauce Yakisoba is the best-known in the Kanto district around Tokyo and the Koshinetsu district, including Nagano, Niigata, and Yamanashi.The noodles is relatively thin and easy to eat, and the accompanying sauce is somewhat light in flavor, yet has a good smell.From these features, I think this item is the best instant Yakisoba for the beginners.

3. Myojo Ippeichan Instant Yakisoba (明星一平ちゃん夜店の焼そば)

38bddce7Image : Myojo Ippeichan Instant Yakisoba

Myojo Ippeichan Instant Yakisoba was released by Myojo (明星), a major Japanese food company well-known for its instant noodles, in 1995.This product in Myojo Ippeichan series also has a large share in the Japan’s market and is famous as the first instant Yakisoba with spicy (Karashi) mayonnaise seasoning.The spicy mayo that comes with the instant Yakisoba works really well with the Yakisoba noodles, giving them a little bit of kick.This is why this instant Yakisoba has a satisfying and addicting flavor that stimulates your appetite.


If you want to know how to make instant Yakisoba noodles (basic instructions), this article will help.


I'm Japanese living in Niigata Prefecture,Japan.I want to introduce things about Japan,especially unique Japanese products,sightseeing places,my daily life and Japanese culture.

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