Japanese Soul Food – local YAKISOBA (fried noodles)
“YAKISOBA” is a dish descended from Chinese fried noodles, which also developed in a way unique to Japan. It is a quite common dish at home and festival stalls, but recently, because of the popularity of local gourmet festival “B-1 Grand Prix,” the “Local Yakisoba,” which has originality in each region attract people's attention, and more travelers expressly visit each region to try authentic tastes. Yakisoba, which has full of character such as ingredients, cooking methods, taste, is representative of Japanese culture different from “WASHOKU.”
The first place of local YAKISOBA! “Fujinomiya Yakisoba” (Fujinomiya-shi, Shizuoka Prefecture)
Fujinomiya City is located in the foot of Mt.Fuji. Fujinomiya Yakisoba is prepared with locally made noodles and pork scraps, and stir-fried with Fujinomiya's highland cabbage. Sardine extract powder is sprinkled on top to finish. It was originally familiar to the local people, but it became popular all over Japan since it attracted attention as the product of town development event. Currently, 140 stores compete for the taste in Fujinomiya City alone.
●Fujinomiya Yakisoba Gakkai/Antenna Shop
Local gourmet of the snowy region “Yokote Yakisoba” (Yokote-shi, Akita Prefecture)
Yokote Yakisoba, which is invented as a children's snack by one of the owners of local Okonomiyaki place, and became popular as local's taste, is symbolized with a fried egg on top of it. The locally made thick and straight boiled noodles are stir-fried with cabbage and minced pork. Each shop creates original Worcester style sauce with stock, and it is the key ingredients for the taste. It's unique to be served with Fukujinzuke, soy-pickled vegetables.
●Yokote Yakisoba Sunrise
Genghis Khan BBQ sauce determines its taste! “Hiruzen Yakisoba” (Maniwa–shi, Okayama Prefecture)
Hiruzenkogen Highlands is originally popular with Genghis Khan BBQ. One of the stores used the BBQ miso paste to make Yakisoba along with chicken and cabbage, and it seems to be the origin of Hiruzen Yakisoba. Each store makes own secret sauces. Recently, there are new menus developed in collaboration with Yokote Yakisoba, such as “Asazen Yakisoba,” which comes with fried egg on top, and “Yoruzen Yakisoba,” stronger flavor, which goes well with alcohol.
●Hiruzen Yakisoba Suitonkai
*The above information was last updated April 1, 2017. For further information, please contact the facilities directly.
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