Thursday, December 6, 2012

Yakisoba--Farm Fresh Feast Style (Quick Take)

Yakisoba--Farm Fresh Feast Style (Quick Take)

Recipe for vegetables and meat tossed with noodles and sauce for a kid friendly Japanese dish.

Recipe for vegetables and meat tossed with noodles and sauce for a kid friendly Japanese dish.

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If you wander through an outdoor festival in Japan, you can see women fixing a delicious stir fried noodle dish, yakisoba, on giant flat griddles.  Because of these unwitting cooking demonstrations, yakisoba is one of the Japanese dishes I'm comfortable making.

Recipe for vegetables and meat tossed with noodles and sauce for a kid friendly Japanese dish.

I stock up on yakisoba noodle packs when I am near an Asian market.  In Hawaii I could get them fresh, but here in Ohio I get them in the frozen section of the Asian market down the street from hockey in Cincinnati.  Don't ask. I don't usually arrange my children's sports around my food shopping, it just works out that way. :)
I originally had celery in here, but decided there was enough crunch with the Bok Choy and Daikon.

I'm pretty sure my kids developed a taste for it in utero, because they have loved it from the chicken nugget age.  When I get the right mix of veggies in the farm share (some sort of cabbage, carrots, celery or pepper, and onion) it is their lunch of choice.  Yes, my kids come home from school for lunch.  At least my son is easily persuaded to join us if yakisoba is on the menu.  Oh!  Because it's Japanese, give equal emphasis to each syllable:  yah-kee-so-bah.  Easy!

Recipe for vegetables and meat tossed with noodles and sauce for a kid friendly Japanese dish.

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Onion skin for the soup pack.  There was surprisingly little that went out to the compost from this.

Yakisoba--Farm Fresh Feast Style


  • 1 Bok Choy, stems coarsely chopped, leaves sliced into ribbons
  • 5 young carrots, finely chopped (tops and tips to composting pigs, leaves to the worm bin)
  • 1 small green pepper, coarsely hopped
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped Daikon (save the rest for dipping into hummus!)
  • 1/4 cup finely minced onion
  • 1 package yakisoba stir fry noodles & sauce mix (mine come in a package of 3 noodle meals, I use all)
  • 2 ounces ham (I used slices of lunchmeat, diced, but any leftover ham is great)


  1. Preheat a wide flat electric skillet to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (on the stove, medium high heat).  I like to use my thrift store giant electric skillet for this (and for pancakes and French toast and when the gas line to the new stove is not yet installed).  You need room to toss everything around.  I suppose a wok would do, too, but since the ladies in Japan were making this on a wide flat skillet, I do too.  Though I lack their mad chopstick skillz.  
  2. Add vegetable oil, one turn around the pan.
  3. Start the onions, Bok Choy stems, and carrots.  Stir fry them 3 to 5 minutes until they are starting to soften.  
  4. Add the Daikon and pepper. Continue to stir.  
  5. After a couple more minutes, add the Bok Choy leaves and ham.  Stir.  
  6. Break up the noodles over top of the veggies.  Stir it all together for a few minutes.  
  7. Sprinkle the spice packet over top.  Add water according to package directions.  
  8. Toss until everything is coated with the resulting sauce.  

This post joined the rest of the party at What's In The Box on In Her Chucks and the Wednesday Fresh Foods Link Up at Gastronomical Sovereignty.
The sauce packet is sprinkled over top, ready for the water and tossing.


  1. I really want this for dinner tonight. It sounds so good! Hopefully I'll get bok choy and company from my next farm share on Monday.

    1. Annemarie,
      I hope you got bok choy! For the winter, my CSA has switched from weekly box pickups to biweekly deliveries (minimum order) so I'm in the new-to-me position of choosing which items I want in my box. It's weird. I'll let you know how it goes-starts this week.


  2. yum, yum! I love a good stir fry :)

    Thanks for sharing and linking up...

    1. As do my kids, Heather, as do my kids. Made this for lunch this week, during exams, and there was fighting over the leftovers as usual. I've got a bit of Chinese cabbage left from last week's delivery and I'm thinking fried rice.

      Thanks for hosting! Since I'm all about eating from my farm share all year long, even though I only get deliveries during the (Ohio) growing season, I'm happy to join your party.

  3. I lived in Japan for 5 years and this has always been one of my favorite dishes. I was taught by my housekeeper Machiko that you could use any meat or a combination of meats in it. It is fantastic with a combination of thin sliced ham, chicken and beef, or any one of the three. Yaki Tori is another great snack, my daughter was 3 and would turn down ice cream for this.