Friday, November 7, 2008
Yakisoba Noodles & Cabbage - Deals of the Day
Yakisoba is Japanese street fast food. A riff on chinese stir fry noodles, it is easy and quick to do, especially with a package of 99.99 cent pre-shredded raw cole slaw and soft pre-cooked chow mein noodles. The Chef's early work experience included shepherding Japanese news crews covering L.A. hot spots -- we would often end up in Little Tokyo downtown for Kirin beer and yakisoba; a satisfying denouement to a frenzied shooting day.
Yakisoba noodles are a little heavier than ramen, and 99c only Stores are carrying 7 oz. packages of pre-cooked chow mein noodles in the cold deli case that are very similar. Just pick up some protein from your local ethnic market - the Chef picked up pork loin chops on sale for under a dollar a pound (chicken is even less), to go with this delicious Japanese fast food staple. With or without meat the Chef's Double Deal of the Day of stir fry noodles and cabbage is savory comfort food with an oriental take.
Ingredients (serves 1-2)
1 package (7 ounce) 99.99 cent chow mein stir fry noodles
2 cups of 99.99 cent packaged chopped cabbage and carrots (or hand chop from whole)
1/2 cup each chopped onion, bell pepper and celery(optional)
1 cup pork cutlets sliced into bite sized pieces - or chicken (white or dark) cut the same way
1/2 cup Tonkatsu sauce
1 tbsp. soy sauce
2 tbsp. sesame oil (or any oil)
1 tbsp. chopped garlic
Pepper to taste (plenty of salt from soy sauce)
1/4 cup of steak sauce (A1 or your favorite)
1/4 cup of ketchup
1 tablespoon soy sauce
Remove noodles from package and soak in a bowl of cold water, so noodles will separate. Since they are already cooked, all you need to do is drain and add them at the end for reheating. While noodles are soaking, saute meat in hot skillet with 1 tbsp. each sesame oil, garlic and soy sauce until done, about 5 minutes. Add cabbage, extra veggies with tbsp. oil and stir fry for a couple of minutes. Drain noodles, add to stir fry and pour-in Tonkatsu sauce, mix well and heat through for a couple minutes more. Ready to serve.