One day, my daughter asked me what the difference between ‘Yakisoba’ and ‘Yakiudon’ was. ‘Yakisoba’ is a dish of stir-fried noodles flavoured with Yakisoba sauce, which tastes like mix of Worcestershire sauce and soy sauce. ‘Yakiudon’ is obviously stir-fried udon noodles and originally seasoned with the same sauce, but nowadays dashi-flavoured soy sauce is more commonly used. However, there is no particular rule for the flavour and ingredients. This is my ‘Yakiudon’.
Pork 100 to 150g *thinly sliced
Cabbage 2 to 3 leaves
Oil 1 tablespoon
Salt & Pepper
Cooked Udon Noodles 2 servings
Okaka/Katsuobushi (Bonito Flakes) *optional
Spring Onion *finely chopped, optional
Dashi Powder 1 teaspoon
Sake (Rice Wine) OR Water 2 tablespoons
Soy Sauce 2 to 3 tablespoons
- Prepare all vegetables and pork. Cut vegetables into strips and slice Pork thinly.
- Prepare Udon Noodles according to the instruction on the package. If you use already cooked Udon noodles, soak in hot water to loosen, then drain well.
- Make the sauce by mixing all the sauce ingredients in a small bowl.
- Heat Oil in a large frying pan or wok, cook Pork and Vegetables and season with Salt and Pepper.
- Once the Pork is cooked, add Udon Noodles and toss and mix all well.
- Add the sauce, toss and mix to combine well.
- Sprinkle Katsuobushi (Bonito Flakes) and chopped Spring Onion on top and enjoy.