Saturday, 20 April 2013

Vegetable Teppanyaki Soba noodles (Japanese-style stir fried buckwheat noodles)

Yakisoba noodles are healthier version among noodles and are made with Buckwheat flour or a combination of buckwheat and wholemeal wheat flour. Teppan-style Yakisoba noodles is a stir-fry version of Yakisoba and usually made with cabbage, carrots and/or meat. The recipe below is for vegetable Yakisoba noodles with an optional sauce for adults. You can add chicken/prawns/pork according to your taste to make your favourite meat yakisoba. Again the sauce given here is not very spicy, but, adjust it according to your taste. This is quick and easy stir-fry that is bound to satisfy the whole family. It is colourful and thus captivates children's attention as well. You can add other stir-fry veggies to it as per your wish. But, I have found that keeping the veggies and meat to a minimum works best with children. They do not feel overwhelmed by those and they tend to enjoy the balance of veggies & noodles and hence the dish more.

You will need:
Yakisoba noodles - 2 servings (prepared according to package instructions)
2 shallots thinly sliced length wise
2 inch ginger peeled and grated
3 cloved of garlic grated
1/4 cabbage shredded/julienned
2 carrots shredded/julienned
2 stalks green onions chopped
3 tbsps oil (preferably sesame seed oil)
3 tbsps crispy fried onions crumbled (optional)
2 tbsps low sodium soya sauce
salt and black pepper to taste

For the sauce (optional for adults):
2 tbsps chilli sauce
2 tbsps sesame oil
1 tsp soft brown sugar
50 ml cup dark soya sauce (approx 1/4 cup)
salt to taste (be careful with salt since soya sauce is pretty salty)

To make the sauce, heat the oil in a small pan, add the chilli sauce and fry for 30 secs without burning). Add the rest of the ingredients and bring it to a boil and reduce it over low heat for 5-8 mins. Add as needed over the noodles to give it a bit of spicy taste. You can use any store bought sauce/seasoning instead as well.

Heat oil in a wok. Add ginger-garlic and fry for 1 min.

Add the shallots and fry for another min.

Add cabbage and carrots and stir-fry for 2-3 mins.

Add prepared noodles, soya sauce, salt and pepper and mix well.

Turn off the stove. Garnish with green onions & crispy fried onions and toss to mix well. Serve warm as it is for children. You can add toasted sesame seeds if you like. But beware that some children are allergic to sesame seeds. Please avoid it for children under 2 yrs of age unless sure.

For adults who want a little spicy touch. Add the sauce over the noodles as needed when serving.

Sending this one to April edition of Healthy Me & Healthy Us event hosted by Priya.


  1. Yakisoba is never made of buckwheat noodles.

    1. oops! I just bought something that claimed it was yakisoba made with buckwheat! Something fishy going on at the supermarket here


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