Peyang Yakisoba Real Tonkotsu Max Instant Noodle
A while ago, when I was shopping at a supermarket near my house, I came across an interesting instant Yakisoba noodle cup with an appealing name.
As you may know, Yakisoba is one of the most common noodle dishes in Japan, and unlike ramen, the noodles are first stir-fried with meat (pork) and vegetables using some vegetable oil, then mainly seasoned with Japanese Worcester sauce, salt, and pepper.
The Worcester sauce-based Yakisoba is generally called “Sauce Yakisoba (ソース焼きそば)” and often made in homes in Japan.
Also sometimes, Yakisoba is lightly salted and flavored with chicken broth mix and some soy sauce, and the Yakisoba variety is called “Shio Yakisoba (塩焼きそば)”, but I have hardly tried Tonkotsu Yakisoba.
Accordingly, Sauce Yakisoba and Shio Yakisoba have been available in instant varieties for a long time in Japan, but I had never seen instant Tonkotsu Yakisoba before.
Tonkotsu Yakisoba from Peyang
But I did the other day! I was attracted to the name “Yakisoba Monohon (Real) Tonkotsu Max (やきそば モノホン トンコツ MAX)” and thought I wanted to try and grabbed it.
The instant Tonkotsu yakisoba is from Maruka Foods’ “Peyang (ペヤング)” line, one of the most popular instant Yakisoba series in Japan, and unlike regular Peyang Yakisoba, its packaging design and word fonts kind of have some real feel.
As for preparation, how to cook this instant Yakisoba is basically the same as usual, like this.
Once I finished making the noodles, a distinctive, not so good smell associated with Tonkotsu or pork bones wafted out. It kind of smelled artificial, but the taste was pretty good.
Yes indeed, it had a tasty Tonkotsu flavor, but the smell was somewhat unpleasant rather than appetizing, making my overall rating of this product lower.
How to Make Tonkotsu Yakisoba
Lastly, for those of you who somehow want to try Tonkotsu Yakisoba, I searched for the recipe online and found this one. According to that, by using a Tonkotsu soup base that can be bought online, instead of Worcester sauce, Tonkotsu Yakisoba seems to be able to be easily prepared.