Vegan yakisoba

Vegan yakisoba

vegan yakisoba dish

Happy Wednesday, guys! Hope your week is peachy? I’m overjoyed that it is finally a couple of degrees warmer and the sun is more of a permanent fixture. It is still a far cry from summer weather, but I feel like we are finally getting there. All I need to do is to find my hammock ropes somewhere in my house move mess and I will be a happy bunny indeed, sunken into this genius invention, an espresso freddo and a book in hand. I cannot wait.

Today’s recipe is another quick midweek meal. It’s easy to make and one of our firm favourites. During my London days, I used to east it very often at Wagamama, but I haven’t realised how easy it is to make until fairly recently. The trickiest thing is the sauce, as traditional yakisoba sauce often contains seafood in the form of oyster or Asian Worcester sauce. If you are lucky enough to have vegan equivalents of these in your cupboard then you are all set. I’ve been looking for either of these in quite a few Bristol stores, including a really well stocked Asian grocer and all I was able to find was a mushroom soy sauce, but coupled with some other umami-rich ingredients: garlic, nutritional yeast and seaweed powder, I have managed to get a sauce that I am happy with.

Once you have got the sauce, the rest is child’s play. As with all stir-fries, the key to success is making sure that your wok and oil are piping hot before you start adding all the ingredients. For this reason, you want to use a high-smoke point frying oil, like rice bran, peanut or soybean oil and exercise a little patience before you crack on. This and keeping to the timings will ensure that your veggies are perfectly sealed on the outside, yet retain a pleasant crunch.

Speaking of veggies, I’ve gone to town here and managed to cram my 5 a day in one dish. You don’t have to go as mad as I did and you can of course swap any veggies out for what you happen to have in the fridge instead. Kale would be a perfect replacement for broccoli and cabbage, for example. And green beans would work just as well as baby corns. Just remember that sturdy veggies need to go in first and things that we tend to eat raw anyway, like peppers or carrots only need a minimal amount of cooking. That’s all there is to it and I hope you’ll enjoy this midweek concoction as much as we do.

vegan yakisoba ingredients

vegan yakisoba wok

serves
2-3
PREP
15 min
COOKING
10 min
serves
2-3
PREPARATION
15 min
COOKING
10 min
INGREDIENTS
YAKISOBA SAUCE

REMAINING INGREDIENTS

  • 4 dried shiitake mushrooms (optional – feel free to skip if using mushroom soy sauce)
  • 180 g / 13 oz soba noodles (use 100% buckwheat for GF version)
  • 2 tbsp high smoke point oil (I use rice bran)
  • 200 g / 7 oz broccoli, sliced thinly
  • 2 white cabbage leaves, sliced thinly
  • 4 baby corns, halved
  • ½ bell pepper, sliced thinly
  • 1 small carrot, sliced thinly
  • 200 g / 7 oz favourite marinated tofu (I used Japanese-style tofu filets by Taifun), cubed (optional)
  • 4 spring onions / scallions, thickly sliced
  • a large handful of bean sprouts
  • 1 tbsp toasted and crushed sesame seeds, to garnish
  • shop-bought shredded and pickled ginger (if you don’t have any, grate some fresh ginger into the sauce)
METHOD
  1. Pour boiling water over rinsed dried shiitake, set aside to infuse for as long as you can.
  2. In a small bowl, combine all the sauce ingredients plus 3 tbsp of water. If skipping mushroom soy sauce, add 2½ tbsp of shittake infused water instead of water and an extra 2 tsp of soy sauce (or tamari). Set aside.
  3. Cook your noodles just a couple of minutes less than you would normally. Refresh under a cold tap and set aside.
  4. Slice the softened mushrooms.
  5. Heat up a wok on a medium heat. Add the oil and allow it to get really hot – until it starts shimmering.
  6. Add in broccoli and cabbage – stand back as the oil might splash when you add the veggies in. Stir-fry for 2 minutes on a high-medium heat.
  7. Next add in baby corn, pepper, carrot, tofu, spring onions and sliced shiitake (if using). Stir-fry for another minute.
  8. Push all the veggies to the side of the wok and add in the sauce to the bottom of the wok, making sure you give it a good stir before adding to the work or else the cornstarch will be left at the bottom of the bowl.
  9. Allow the sauce to bubble for 15-30 seconds and then add the noodles.
  10. Mix the noodles into the sauce. Then add sprouts and incorporate the noodles into the veggies and tofu.
  11. Divide between two bowls. Serve topped with toasted sesame seeds and pickled ginger.

NOTES
*If you don’t have any, use shiitake infused water – see method.

**You can buy this, but I you could also simply make your own by grinding nori sheets in a spice grinder. The shop-bought anori is more vibrant in colour as it is made of untoasted nori sheets.

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NUTRITIONAL INFO
calories
388
19%
sugars
7 g
8%
fats
12 g
18%
saturates
2 g
9%
proteins
15 g
30%
carbs
61 g
24%
*per serving
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5.0
7 reviews, 13 comments
REVIEWS & QUESTIONS
Clara:
Hey there!
I’m going to cook this dish for a dinner party but I like being prepared early. Is there any chance I could make the sauce the day before so it’s ready to go?
Looks delicious and I’m so excited to try it!
Thanks,
Clara
    Ania
    Ania:
    Hi Clara,
    Yes, absolutely, the sauce can safely be made a day ahead. I hope you and your guests will enjoy this dish. x Ania
Kiran:
I made this yesterday with a few tweeks to the vegetables and it was delicious!! So simple and quick, yet so flavoursome! Definitely the best yaki soba recipe I have tried so far, will be making this again and again!
    Ania
    Ania:
    Aw, thanks so much, Kiran! I'm delighted to hear that and thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review - much appreciated. x Ania
Joanna Ballaster:
This recipe helped me, I'd always been too intimidated to make my own yakisoba but this felt easy to follow the instructions and I had most of the sauce ingredients already, and I went without the ones I didn't have and it still tasted good - it probably would have been nicer if I had all of them!
My family liked it too!
    Ania
    Ania:
    Thanks so much! I'm delighted to hear that, Joanna! And thank you for taking the time to write a review - I really appreciate it! x Ania
Angie:
Had this tonight and it was delicious. We will definitely be making it again
    Ania
    Ania:
    Thank you, Angie! I’m delighted to hear that you enjoyed it enough to make again. Ania
Don Urban:
Excellent! Made it tonight and it was great. Thank you.
    Ania
    Ania:
    Thanks, Don! I am happy to hear that! x Ania
Susan:
This recipe was so quick and delicious. I loved the flavour in the sauce, and all the different vegetables as well. Leftovers also froze and reheated very nicely for a great lunch at work!
    Ania
    Ania:
    Thank you, Susan, I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed it! x Ania
Toby Ososki:
Hi! Looks great! But how much tofu to use? Just about to stick everything on the shopping list!
    Ania
    Ania:
    Hi Toby,
    I usually go for 80-100 g per person. I will update the recipe now. Cheers, Anna
Muskaan @thetwincookingproject:
These noodles look terrific! Definitely trying them really soon. Subscribed to your blog right away!
    Ania
    Ania:
    Thanks, that's nice to hear! x Ania
nerede çekiliyor:
Vavv. its seems very delicious. Thanks.
    Ania
    Ania:
    You're welcome! x Ania
Maria:
I can’t wait to try this. I love noodles, Thanks for sharing your recipe. When I make it I’ll tag you on Instagram. I’m foodiewanderings there.
    Ania
    Ania:
    Great to hear, Maria! I hope you'll like this dish! Ania
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