Which instant Yakisoba flavor do you prefer, Natto or Takoyaki?
As I wrote about it in the past article, in recent years major Japanese instant noodles manufacturers have been creating various unique flavors of instant noodles.
Some of those have a flavor recreating the taste of the signature dish of popular ramen shops, while others have a novel or weird flavor that hasn’t been around until they are introduced into the market.
As for the latter type, some Japanese instant noodles have such a weird flavor that I sometimes become highly interested in them, far from losing interest, because I am fond of new things.
In fact, recently I tried 2 instant Yakisoba noodles with weird flavor, Natto and Takoyaki. If you were able to sample these, which would you prefer?
Peyang Instant Natto Yakisoba
The first thing is about instant Natto Yakisoba. This instant Yakisoba is from “Peyang (ペヤング)”, one of the most popular instant Yakisoba series in Japan.
As you know, “Natto (納豆)” is a very famous Japanese food known as fermented soybeans. The fermented food has a slimy consistency and is stinky so many Japanese can’t eat it. But I like Natto so tried this instant Yakisoba.
Once the dried noodles become soft by soaking in boiling hot water, add the accompanying dried Natto and Yakisoba sauce to the noodles. Then stir all the ingredients together well with chopsticks.
The instant Yakisoba didn’t have a characteristic smell of Natto, but to my regret, it was somewhat sticky. Therefore, if you dislike the fermented soybeans, you wouldn’t be able to eat it up because of the stickiness.
In fact, even though I like Natto, I found Natto doesn’t go well with Yakisoba noodles. In brief, it was not too good, not too bad.
By the way, this instant Natto Yakisoba was put on sale as a limited time offer, so I think it is unavailable now.
Peyang Instant Takoyaki Yakisoba
The other thing is about instant Takoyaki Yakisoba. This instant Yakisoba, which has a Takoyaki sauce flavor, is also from the Peyang series. By the way, the white container on the right side is the Peyang’s original product (Amazon.com).
Have you ever heard of “Takoyaki (たこ焼き)”? Takoyaki is called octopus balls in English and is made by baking a Dashi-rich wheat flour batter with bits of octopus meat inside.
Unfortunately, the topping of this instant Yakisoba didn’t include the real octopus ball. Instead, this product had savory deep-fried Tempura bits “Agedama (揚げ玉)” and a sweet and rich seasoning sauce like Takoyaki sauce.
Once the Yakisoba is ready to eat, add Agedama balls to the noodles as a final touch and stir well. This Yakisoba features having a rich sweetness like Takoyaki sauce, while general Yakisoba sauce isn’t sweet.
I found the sweet seasoning sauce matches well with Yakisoba noodles. In fact, this Yakisoba tasted pretty good and I thought I prefer this one to the Natto Yakisoba.
By the way, this instant Takoyaki Yakisoba is also a limited-time offer.