The sauce used for yakisoba can be easily made at home. Even if you have made yakisoba before, I recommend trying this recipe for those who feel that the taste of the sauce differs from the authentic flavor. As someone living in Osaka, Japan, I confidently recommend this recipe!
What is Yakisoba Sauce?
Yakisoba Sauce is a sauce used for yakisoba, a Japanese stir-fried noodle dish. When made from scratch, it is created by combining several ingredients with a base of Japanese Worcestershire sauce. It offers a rich flavor with a low salt content and minimal sweetness, without being thick in consistency.
Since the flavor of yakisoba heavily relies on the sauce, the seasoning of the sauce plays a crucial role in determining the overall impression of the dish. Techniques such as reducing the viscosity of the sauce to ensure it coats the noodles evenly and lowering the salt content to prevent excessive saltiness when the sauce is heated and moisture evaporates are clever methods developed to enhance the harmony between the sauce and yakisoba noodles.
You can easily make yakisoba sauce by mixing several seasonings together. The ingredients and their characteristics used in this recipe are as follows:
It adds richness and flavor. Since yakisoba noodles are stir-fried by coating them with the sauce, the alcohol component in sake evaporates. However, if there is a possibility of using yakisoba sauce without heating it and you have children or are unable to consume alcohol, it is recommended that you avoid using it.
• Japanese Worcestershire Sauce
Worcestershire sauce is a condiment made by adding seasonings and spices to vegetables and fruits and allowing them to mature. The reason for using Japanese Worcestershire sauce instead of common Worcestershire sauce is that the taste is quite different between them. Japanese Worcestershire sauce is less acidic and has a slight sweetness. When trying to replicate the taste of authentic yakisoba, it is recommended to use Japanese Worcestershire sauce.
• Oyster Sauce
It adds saltiness and flavor. It is generally used in small quantities because of its distinctive flavor.
It adds sweetness and richness. Yakisoba is not a sweet dish, so be careful not to add too much.
• Soy Sauce
It adds a salty flavor. Adjust the saltiness of the yakisoba by adding soy sauce to your desired level.
It adds acidity. Use ketchup instead of vinegar, which is less acidic. It also adds the richness of tomatoes.
Homemade yakisoba sauce can be adjusted to suit your personal taste. This recipe is tailored to my palate, but if you want to add a bit more saltiness, you can add soy sauce. If you enjoy acidity, you can add ketchup to achieve a flavor that better suits you.
Additionally, if you can't find all the ingredients, you can try using Japanese Worcestershire sauce and soy sauce. With just these two, you should be able to make a tasty yakisoba sauce.
🕒 Total 2 mins
Put all the ingredients (sake, Japanese Worcestershire sauce, oyster sauce, ketchup, sugar, and soy sauce) in a bowl and mix them together.
Authentic Yakisoba Sauce
- Put all the ingredients (sake, Japanese Worcestershire sauce, oyster sauce, ketchup, sugar, and soy sauce) in a bowl and mix them together.
- You can store it in the refrigerator for up to a month.