Yakisoba with eringii and abura-age

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Today, yakisoba, the Japanese version of Chinese fried noodles. Well, that’s my version of it… well, one of them. See others at the end of this post.

Yakisoba is fast-food normally. It’s often sold cheaply on street stalls, at festivals and the teppanyaki (hot plate) shops propose it too. The basic version is made mostly with :

-chuka soba (fresh Chinese noodles that are sold fresh and cooked, they look like thick spaghetti and if you have none, cooked thick spaghetti can be used)
-oil

That’s why we said it’s fried noodles, no mystery. And low amounts of :

-cabbage (cut in big squares)
-additional veggies (cut in thin slices), few and cheap ones (bean sprouts, onion, carrot, some kind of leeks…)
-a little raw meat (thin slices of pork), or cheap seafood, or ham…
-sauce (specific sauce or thickened Worcester sauce or a mix of Worcester + ketchup…), plus additional ketchup or mayo if you want
-pickled ginger, toppings…

My version uses what I have in my fridge, and it’s usually healthier.

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So, I had abura age (fried tofu) as meat.

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A few Eringi mushrooms as meat too.


2013-10-031 I had a leftover of green papaya.

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I first toasted the abura-age (fried tofu pockets), set aside. Then with a little garlic and ginger : onion, eringi mushrooms, green papaya, cabbage and shishito green peppers. To the veggies, I’ve added fresh Chinese noodles (chuka soba), sauce (Bulldog).

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I’ve added the abura-age to the rest. I have about half of veggies, less than one third of noodles. That’s how I like it.

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On top, a little more sauce, shichimi togarashi (7 spice mix) and cut green negi leeks.

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casual

mizuna

healthy

shahan (Chinese)

lettuce

buckwheat soba

Deconstructed inari soba and 4 treasure mozuku soup

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Inari-zushi are sushi in little pockets like this (click). I wanted to make a variation , inari soba, with soba noodles instead of rice but I made a technical mistake, so the taste is here, delicious, but the shape, not at all… The second dish is a seaweed and veggie soup.

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Abura-age (fried tofu) simmered in a broth of soy sauce, paprika, with a little chili and garlic.
MY MISTAKE : I forgot to open the pockets before simmering. And later, that was… impossible without tearing all apart.

DSC08755-001 I have made kujo negi into threads :

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I’ve salted slightly and mixed with fresh soba buckwheat noodles (boiled 1 minute, then cooled in iced water, drained).

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So I’ve placed the noodles on top of the pockets. The project was to fill them.

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Fresh edamame from kuromame (black soy beans)

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You need to cook them. It’s possible to rub the pods with salt and boil them that way, or to open as I did.

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Inspired from a Chinese soup. I’ve cooked green and black edamame, dices of kabocha pumpkin and slices of okra. I’ve added sea salt and mozuku seaweed to the cooled broth. A few slices of sudachi lime bring fruity acidity.

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Mixed baby leaves, plus mitsuba and cherry tomatoes.

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My lunch !

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Tsukemen (dipping noodles)

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つけ麺 tsukemen, that’s noodles unseasoned (often chilled) served with a tsuyu (dipping soup). As that’s much lighter than noodles served in the soup, it’s a common Summer dish.

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Chuka soba or ramen (Chinese noodles). I buy them fresh and cooked, but they need a refreshing. I pass them 1 minute in boiling water, then refresh in ice water. And serve. That changes totally the texture.

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Fresh traditional style miso. I’ve used it for the onion miso tsuyu

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It’s very simple. I cut 1/2 onion, grated 1/4, added very little water and cooked till onions changed of color, added the miso and iced water to refresh.

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Garnishing items : goya (sliced bitter squash), mitsuba leaves, cut negi leeks and abura-age (fried tofu). It’s Kyoto style abura-age, delicious just like that.

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Tanuki soba and big kabu turnips


A hot Japanese soup. Soba are buckwheat noodles. The tanuki is a Japanese raccoon dog.

tanuki ezo-tanuki, Northern white tanuki (image source, a blog with nice animal photos)

I’ve not been hunting. This dish is nearly vegan (you can use vegan broth). In Osaka, tanuki soba means a soba soup garnished with a slice of abura-age. In other places in Japan, they may give it a wrong appellation. Maybe it evokes the color of the fur of a tanuki. Or it’s because it’s tanukis’ favorite dish when they dine out in town…

Thin abura-age, it’s fried tofu slices. I bought them. Before adding them to the soup, I wipe away the excess of oil and slightly toast them.

Kabu are Japanese turnip. They can be pearly white, either small or huge. And more rarely red skinned.

Slices of the red kabu, kabu greens, cabbage, carrot, onion… All that is covered with dashi stock.
Classic dashi
kombu seaweed dashi (vegan)
DIY soba noodles
other soba recipes

Save my skin !

Steamed kabocha skin. All that !
Throw away ? No way !
It is edible, super healthy. Even better, it’s very tasty.

I’ve used a lot of kabocha pumpkin flesh. I took away the green skin as the color is not so bright.

The skin is cut and sprinkled with lemon juice. Let overnight in the fridge.

With lettuce, cucumber and fried tofu.

DIY fried tofu