Tokyo Yakisoba: Yakisoba Restaurant in Tokyo Solamachi
Yakisoba is one of the most iconic Japanese street foods, is a Japanese style fried noodles, which is often sold at the local festivals in Japan. Yakisoba originates in China, derived from the traditional Chinese stir-fried noodle “Chow Mein”. Different from Japanese soba, the noodles used in yakisoba are not made from buckwheat, but are made from wheat flour, so the texture of the noodles is similar to ramen noodles.
Yakisoba is prepared by stir-frying the noodles together with thin sliced pork, cabbage, onions, and carrots. Then, yakisoba is flavored with yakisoba sauce, salt, and pepper. Some area in Japan flavored yakisoba with soy sauce, and some other area flavored it with salt only. Yakisoba is usually served with various toppings, and the most common toppings are: seaweed powder, shredded pickled ginger, bonito flakes, and mayonnaise.
Today, we would like to introduce 東京焼きそば Tokyo Fried Noodles, a restaurant specializing in yakisoba, which is located in Tokyo Solamachi shopping area near Tokyo Sky Tree. The restaurant serves different style of yakisoba, which you can enjoy by dipping the noodles into the broth before eating it. During the dinner time, Tokyo Fried Noodles also offers teppanyaki menu and some alcoholic drinks.
The yakisoba consists beef tendon, simmered for a long time before hand until it turns softer, stir-fried onion, and freshly boiled noodles. There are three different types of yakisoba, which are flavored in three different types of sauces:
- Kuroyakisoba, flavored with sauce enriched with black sesame paste for JPY 780
- Akayakisoba, flavored with sauce enriched with red miso paste and kimchi for JPY 800
- Shiroyakisoba, flavored with soy sauce and Japanese citrus Sudachi for JPY 750
You can also add extra topping such as half-boiled eggs, green leek, white leek, kimchi, small diced natto, squid, or shrimp. In addition to the yakisoba and extra toppings, you can also order side menu as well, which are: Simmered Beef with Japanese white raddish daikon for JPY 550, Simmered Beef with Tofu for JPY 550, Tomato, Bacon & Cheese for JPY 550, Chicken Tsukune (meatballs) for JPY 500 , etc. If a portion of yakisoba is not enough for you, you can always ask the staff to bring you another kaedama (noodle refill). The average price for the side menu is JPY 550.
The restaurant also offers many different types of alcoholic drinks such as: beers, Japanese Schochu, Highball, Sours, Wine, Japanese Sake, and Soft Drinks. The price range of the drinks is in between JPY 250 and JPY 500. All the seats in the restaurant are in front of the counter, so you can enjoy your yakisoba while watching the chefs grilling the food right in front of you.
At 東京焼きそば Tokyo Fried Noodles, you can enjoy an authentic yakisoba for less than JPY 1,000 so this restaurant is definitely a great choice for you if you’re low on budget!