The 3 Best Instant Yakisoba Noodles for Beginners
“Yakisoba (焼きそば)” is a quintessential Japanese noodle dish made by stir-frying noodles with vegetables and meat, seasoned mainly with Japanese-style Worcester sauce, which is similar to Chinese chow mein.
Together with Ramen, Udon, and Soba, it is one of the noodle dishes most commonly eaten in Japan throughout the year, so like Ramen, there are many variations of Yakisoba noodles, and some local towns in Japan create their own unique varieties to revitalize their areas.
In fact, since we Japanese sometimes cook and eat Yakisoba at home, a variety of instant Yakisoba noodles, from super-spicy to weird, are also available at almost any supermarket and convenience store around the country.
3 Best-Selling Instant Yakisoba Noodles for Beginners
Among those, there are 3 best-selling instant Yakisoba noodles with a large market share that have long been loved by Japanese people of all generations. They are all delicious and are recommended for beginners who have not tried the Japanese noodle dish yet, and today I will introduce them.
By the way, if you want to know how instant Yakisoba noodles are cooked, this article will help.
1. Nissin UFO Sauce Yakisoba (日清焼そばU.F.O)
First off, Nissin UFO Sauce Yakisoba is an instant Yakisoba product produced and sold by the leading instant noodles manufacturer Nissin that was introduced in 1976. It is said that this instant Yakisoba gained wide popularity thanks to TV commercials and a few decades ago, it occupied an overwhelming share of over 60% in the market.
Even now, Nissin UFO Sauce Yakisoba holds a large share in the market and in fact is widely enjoyed in Japan. Using chewy medium-thick noodles, garnished with green nori seaweed, seasoned pork, and shredded cabbage, this instant Yakisoba is especially characterized by its addicting umami-rich Yakisoba sauce.
2. Peyang Sauce Yakisoba (ペヤングソース焼きそば)
Together with Nissin UFO Sauce Yakisoba, Peyang Sauce Yakisoba is one of the most popular instant Yakisoba noodles in Japan, which was introduced by Maruka Foods in 1975.
The former is most familiar to those living in the western part of Japan, while this instant Yakisoba product 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, the noodles of Peyang Sauce Yakisoba are thin but has a nice chew, while the Yakisoba sauce is somewhat light in flavor but has a good 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 is an instant Yakisoba product from Myojo’s Ippeichan line that went on the market in 1995. Known as the first instant Yakisoba with Karashi Mayonnaise or spicy mustard mayo sauce, today it accounts for a large share in the market.
As you can guess, this instant Yakisoba is especially characterized by its spicy mustard mayonnaise, which gives the noodles a little bit of kick, making the instant Yakisoba a not-boring, very tasty noodle dish.