Experimental Cooking: Yakisoba knock-off v1

As the title suggests, we made a knock-off of Yakisoba (a Japanese noodle dish that generally looks like the image to your right.)

Yakisoba

This is what Yakisoba generally looks. It has cabbage for sure, but the other things change depend on who is cooking it.

It varies from house to house but does tend to include cabbage, chicken and the yakisoba noodles, which are special. It looks like the chow mein you get at Safeway’s hot food deli. I think they have their names crossed. But it is also generic food. So, not having cabbage and wanting to use the fresh noodles before too long, I wanted to make what I have found is a tasty knockoff for it. It is not quite the same, but it sure is tasty! And it can be made with whatever you want.

I still need to perfect the sauce, and “experimental cooking” generally doesn’t involve measuring, but I have estimated about how much I have used of what for your enjoyment. All measurements are standard US measurements, including what constitutes as “small,” “medium,” and “large.” Sauce is really to your taste, this is just what we did this time. I may post a different sauce another time. I will be adding garlic next time (hence it not being in the recipe right now)! I love garlic, so my food recipes (non-baking) will likely include at least some garlic.

Yakisoba Knock-Off Recipe
Serves ~4-8 (depending on serving size)

2T Vegetable or Olive oil
2 Chicken Breasts (boneless skinless)
1 medium zucchini
1 small/medium onion
3 medium Carrots
1 14oz package Yakisoba noodles

Sauce:
2c    Yakitori Sauce
2T   Sesame Oil
1/4c Soy Sauce

  1. Cut the carrots, zucchinni, onion to VERY SMALL pieces for quick cooking, about 1/4″ square.
  2. Cut the chicken into 1″ squares.
  3. Mix the sauce in a medium mixing bowl or large soup bowl.
  4. Heat the oil over medium to medium-high heat. (Medium works on my stove.)
  5. Put in the carrots and Zucchini and cook about 10-15 minutes (until partly soft).
  6. Add chicken  and onion and cook until medium-well cooked, adding about 1/4c sauce for flavor when you put the chicken in.
  7. Add the noodles (cut the block in fourths first) so that they are all broken up.
  8. Add sauce. Cook and stir until the noodles are thoroughly hot.
  9. Serve.

Ours came out all golden-looking and steamy. We served it with our favourite fruits to eat (pictured to your left).

Yakisoba Knockoff V1

This is what ours looked like. Similar in color but not quite as yellow. It is also unfortunately on an unflatteringly blue plate. Next time I will post food on the whiter plates. But man was it good!

I had tasty cantaloupe (mostly ripe) and he had some apple. I also had some tea to drink. It was really tasty! I had my friend Annie try it and she said it smelled like Yakisoba. When she tasted it she said it tasted healthier.

We have this running joke in our group, you may know it too, that health food tastes like, well, “health.” Generally good for you but having a flat tasteless flavor or tasting, as we describe it, “like cardboard.” You know the taste, you have had it before. Health.

So when she said it tasted healthier I was a bit concerned. Upon asking, she said she did like it, but the Japanese Yakisoba was more sweet and syrupy. Hence it tasting healthier, but it did not taste like “health,” for which I was glad.

For wedding updates, See the checklist below! Our final Wedding invites are going out this weekend!  And we have purchased our custom-made rings, in silver, for a decent price (compared to other places I looked). We are reviewing the mold next week and getting the rings on/by the 2nd of July!! I am so excited. 🙂

Countdowns:
Till Wedding – 1.25 months

Wedding updates:
[X] Find the guy, get in a relationship with him
[X] Get engaged (ask him if he takes too long)
[X] Pick a date
[X] Pick a place
[X] Pick bridesmaids/maid of honor (opted out of maid of honor)
[X] Pick groomsmen/best man (opted out of best man)
[X] Pick Flower girl
[X] Pick ring bearer(s)
[X] Pick theme and colours
[X] Decide on Guest List (need to double-check)
[X] Save-the-dates
[X] Pick decour
[X] Send Invites and RSVPs
[/] Pick food, cake, etc. (( Appt with our baker coming soon!))
[X] Dress
[X] Everyone else in the wedding party’s clothes
[X] Josh’s tux rental
[X] Get $ and plan for honeymoon – San Diego, Ahoy!
[X] Plan the ceremony (writing our own)
[ ] Get married
[ ] Have a reception
[ ] go on honeymoon
[ ] Make sure everyone realizes a marriage is a gift from Him between two souls and a paper doesn’t mean anything, but now we have one anyway. A wedding does not equate to a marriage.
[ ] Come back
[ ] Resume life

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