YAKISOBA SLEEPOVER

Yakety Yakisoba, you sleep over, now bend over!
Yakety Yakisoba, you sleep over, now bend over!

This sleepover is going to be so much fun!  Pillow fights, girl talk, pranks calls.   Wait! You mean YAKISOBA SLEEPOVER is just a sexy name for a noodle dish? Boy am I embarrassed.  But I’m not too embarrassed to tell you about my take on this classic  Japanese street food.  Yakisoba is found all over Japan served at festivals and consumed en masse by the military.  The ramen us poor folk know and love originated from this classic.  Now is your chance to bring the gourmet back into this metropolitan street food.  This dish is fast, easy and cheap.  No wonder it’s served on noodle carts outside of subways.  But your date doesn’t need to know that.  Be sure to make a grand deal out of this classy culinary creation as if you learned the recipe from a monk on top of mount Fuji.  Perhaps the knowledge on how to conjure up this ethereal edible rests only with you.  You are the chosen one and your date will no doubt recognize this when they take their first bite.  Sounds like the sleepover is back on thanks to the flavor explosion and ginger aphrodisiac.  Domo arrigato!

yakisoba-prep1Ingredients:
1. 2 tablespoons of peanut/vegetable oil
2. 1/3 cup of rice vinegar
3. 1/3 cup of soy sauce
4. 2 handfuls of mushrooms chopped
5. 1 tablespoon of sugar
6. ½ pound of chicken sliced into bite-sized pieces
7. ½ a handful of chopped cilantro
8. 2 tablespoons of peeled and chopped fresh ginger
9. 2 handfuls of shredded cabbage
10. 1 onion chopped finely
11. 6 ounces of dry soba (can substitute with ramen)

Step 1
Throw the cilantro and chicken together, squeeze lemon onto top, and allow to marinate.  Mix the soy sauce, rice vinegar and sugar together.  Boil a pot full of water and cook the soba noodles (approx 5 min), drain and then run cold water through it all.  Set aside.yakisoba-squeeze-mix-boil1

Step 2
On medium heat, pour in the oil into a wok or large frying pan.  Cook the chicken until the meat turns white.  Throw in the mushrooms, cabbage, ginger and onion and cook them down.  Throw in the soba noodles and soy sauce mixture and cook until the sauce has been absorbed into the noodles, veggies and meat (approx 5 min).  Serve it in a bowl and serve with beer or sake.yakisoba-squeeze-mix-cook1yakisoba-squeeze-mix-served-21

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