Amazeballs Japanese Noodles w/secret ingredient



A few weeks back, I posted about Japanese mayonnaise and mentioned some noodles that used it for an amazing and unique sauce. At least one reader asked for more details, so here they are: Ippei-chan Yakisoba Japanese Style Noodles. They are so damned good, and yes, I try to make this 4 servings, so it only ends up being 20% of my daily sodium allowance.

I love a few different dried noodles and I’ll post about them sometime, and I’m sure I’ll want to also post on ramen and similar noodle soups. I love the fact that I can take this package of noodles, and with either a microwave, immersion heater, or camp fire/stove, I can easily have an amazing side dish. It can make a crappy motel room with reheated fast food much more welcoming, let me tell you. On the other hand, I try to limit such high-sodium foods and limit my palm oil consumption, so I enjoy just a few such noodles or soups a year, not a few a month like when I was younger. Age, it changes us!


Open thread – on noodles or anything else.

37 replies
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    West of the Rockies says:

    Thanks for the recommendation, Alain. Do I need to live in the big city to find said product? We have a big Hmong population, but few Japanese folk here, so probably face limited access to such food.

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    Yutsano says:


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    bmoak says:

    Despite my years living in Japan, I never really developed at taste for the Kewpie Mayo. Too sweet for me, especially in preparations Americans would use most often with mayonnaise (sandwiches, potato salad, tuna salad etc). Hellman’s or bust. The only thing I liked mayo on in Japan was okonomiyaki, but then it was paired with a darker tare sauce.

    I hope the featured product is better than the crappy Maruchan “yakisoba” you can get in most supermarkets. Most Asian markets will have *fresh* yakisoba noodles/kits in their refrigerator case. They come with sauce packets, but you’re better getting a bottle of your own to add. I recommend Bulldog brand.

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    Mike J says:

    @West of the Rockies: Safeway and QFC (Kroger) both carry them.

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    smintheus says:

    Why does this package not list the ingredients of the noodles?

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    trollhattan says:

    Can’t quite read the ingredients–are those wheat soba or buckwheat soba? Wheat I can eat, buckwheat I’m deathly allergic (like peanuts, you have no idea how much stuff it’s in, often labeled “kasha” instead of buckwheat, until you have to 100% avoid the stuff).

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    bmoak says:

    Yakisoba doesn’t use buckwheat noodles. Too delicate to stand up to the stir-frying.

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    West of the Rockies says:

    @Mike J:

    Ah, Safeway it is. Thanks!

    I wonder… What would leave a bigger carbon footprint: purchasing online or in person?

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    jonas says:

    Costco carries this great line of frozen Yakisoba noodles w/veggies. You just pop ’em in a bowl, microwave on high for 3 mins and enjoy. They have this incredible, slightly smoky aroma as if they had just been cooked in a flaming hot wok.

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    TenguPhule says:


    The only thing I liked mayo on in Japan was okonomiyaki,

    Takoyaki for sure.

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    West of the Rockies says:

    I see Amash is already facing a primary challenge. That didn’t take long.

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    TenguPhule says:


    Why does this package not list the ingredients of the noodles?

    Its on the bottom and honestly you’re better off not reading that unless you enjoy learning the scientific name for ordinary ingredients.

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    trollhattan says:

    Interesting, did not know that because yakisoba means “fried buckwheat” in Japanese.

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    Shake me like a salt shaker! I’m tempted to bust out my kitchen scale to see what 1910mg of table salt looks like.

    Can you taste the sodium, or is it somehow disguised?

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    TenguPhule says:

    Cup Noodle has brought over curry flavored instant noodles in the last couple of years to the States.

    It is good.

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    TenguPhule says:


    Can you taste the sodium, or is it somehow disguised?

    It is disguised as noodles in sauce.

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    TenguPhule says:


    Interesting, did not know that because yakisoba means “fried buckwheat” in Japanese.

    Its like Rocky Mountain Oysters in that the name and the actual food are not what it says on the tin.

    Yakisoba noodles are closer to ramen or pancit then soba.

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    trollhattan says:


    I’m tempted to bust out my kitchen scale to see what 1910mg of table salt looks like.

    Darn similar to 2g, I’ll bet. ;-)

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    TenguPhule says:

    Ford to cut 7,000 jobs as part of company ‘redesign’

    Ford Motor Co. will cut roughly 10 percent of its global salaried staff by August as part of a companywide “redesign.” The move will eliminate 7,000 white-collar jobs and save the U.S. auto giant about $600 million annually.

    “We will continue to work collaboratively and respectfully with our teams and other partners to ensure our designs are effective and fit and that our employees are treated fairly and with respect,” the company said in a memo to employees obtained by the Detroit News.

    Ford is also looking to restructure its ranks globally, including in Europe, China and South America. The 7,000 job cuts include salaried employees who took buyouts within the past year, as well as jobs that were never filled and later eliminated. About 20 percent of the positions were senior-level management roles, the News reported.

    I’m sure this has nothing to do with the Trade War. //s

  21. 21
    trollhattan says:

    “Don’t think of us as a car company, think of us as a truck company that also makes Mustangs.”

    So much winning.

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @trollhattan: Troll!

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    Princess says:

    @trollhattan: It’s 1910 mg sodium, so actually closer to 5g of salt.

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    Wapiti says:

    I did go find some Kewpie mayo after the last post – there’s a grocer in the north side of Seattle (Central Market) that has 3 aisles of Asian food and I found it there.

    Then I saw it yesterday in Safeway next to the rest of the mayo. :/

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    TenguPhule says:

    Nigel Farage doused with milkshake in Newcastle

    Nigel Farage has been hit by a milkshake in Newcastle city centre, after a spate of similar incidents against far-right candidates in the European elections campaign.

    The Brexit party leader appeared to be furious after the incident and was heard to mutter, “it’s a complete failure, you could have spotted that a mile off” as his security team led him away.

    A 32-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of common assault, Northumbria police said.

    Paul Crowther, who was dragged away and handcuffed, said: “It’s a right of protest against people like him.” Standing in handcuffs outside a Waterstones bookshop in Newcastle city centre, Crowther said he did not regret his actions.

    He told reporters it was a banana and salted caramel milkshake bought from Five Guys. “I was quite looking forward to it, but I think it went on a better purpose,” he said.

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    FelonyGovt says:

    I love those dried Japanese noodles but sadly the sodium content does not play well with my high blood pressure. :(

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    Chetan Murthy says:

    @FelonyGovt: It’s a shame they don’t make it with “light salt” (KCl mixed with NaCl). Sigh.

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    UncleEbeneezer says:

    Speaking of noodles: On Saturday I discovered the wonder of Szechuan peppercorn at a noodle house in San Gabriel Valley. The neat thing about the peppercorn is that it hits parts of your tongue that are usually inactive while eating creating a tingling, almost numbing citrusy taste/feel. It was truly unlike anything I’ve ever had and really delicious. Also, spicy as F….
    I got the “medium” and was sweating pretty good. If you ever get a chance to try it and like complex, spicy foods, I highly recommend it.

    Sichuan pepper’s unique aroma and flavour is not hot or pungent like black, white, or chili peppers. Instead, it has slight lemony overtones and creates a tingly numbness in the mouth (caused by its 3% of hydroxy alpha sanshool) that sets the stage for hot spices. According to Harold McGee in On Food and Cooking, they are not simply pungent; “they produce a strange, tingling, buzzing, numbing sensation that is something like the effect of carbonated drinks or of a mild electric current (touching the terminals of a nine-volt battery to the tongue). Sanshools appear to act on several different kinds of nerve endings at once, induce sensitivity to touch and cold in nerves that are ordinarily nonsensitive, and so perhaps cause a kind of general neurological confusion.”[13]

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    laura says:

    @trollhattan: ditto. Severe shellfish allergy makes me askerred of food that has danger lurking in its ingredients. I can no longer eat at Asian restaurants and I ended up at the ER Friday night after 2 bites bites into a Chile relleno at Los Jarritos – cross contamination I suspect was oil that fried the relleno also fries the shrimp and calamari. Same with a single sip of bloody Mary-it would have been helpful/lifesaving to know they used clamato juice. I’m seriously freaked out about any dining out….

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    bmoak says:

    Soba means buckwheat and soba also means buckwheat noodles, but because soba noodles were the indigenous form of noodles, soba was also historically used to refer to any type of long, thin noodle. (Not udon noodles.)

    Before the loanword ramen became the standard term, ramen noodles were often called shina soba (Chinese noodles). Hence, yakisoba.

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    WesinCLE says:

    I love and buy in bulk Fortune Yakisoba noodles when I find them. They aren’t dried, but fresh. You can do anything with them.

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    Gravenstone says:

    @mrmoshpotato: You would actually need to measure out 4.62 g (0.16 oz) of salt to get the 1910 mg of sodium contained in it. Still, that’s a lot of sodium.

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    karen marie says:

    @West of the Rockies: May have been mentioned by others but most American grocery stores carry yakisoba noodles (with sauce packet) in a refrigerated area. Just saute a bunch of veggies and, if you like, some meat, chicken or – gods forfend – tofu. I don’t know that Alain’s brand is different than the more mundane package I have bought in the past.

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    J R in WV says:

    I like the ramen noodles ( form Aisian stores) with added vegtables for occasional lunches. Not long ago I had a package of Japanese ramen noodles that advertised a flavor style that started with “T” and was uniquely wonderful. Standard dried noodles with a dry powder packet and a thick wet packet, I added onion and broccoli IIRC and it was wonderful.

    Sadly, I only had the one and couldn’t remember the flavor style to save me. Anyone have suggestion?

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    TenguPhule says:

    @J R in WV:

    Sadly, I only had the one and couldn’t remember the flavor style to save me. Anyone have suggestion?

    Tempura, Teriyaki?

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    J R in WV says:


    No, no those are so well known, we eat that all the time. This was a term like umami, rich flavor. But ti started with a T…

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    TenguPhule says:

    @J R in WV: Tonkatsu.

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