Two Japanese Noodle Dishes With A Twist

I’m not overly familiar with Japanese food but am trying to learn more about it. Sean has been to Japan before and I’ve heard lots of stories about the weird and wonderful food he tried when he was there. I’m certainly not brave enough to attempt most of the dishes he talks about just yet! But I am easing myself into Japanese cuisine with these two very easy noodle dishes which are based on classic Japanese recipes. The twist is, the noodles are not your usual kind. These noodles are made with edamame beans and soybeans. One of the advantages of this is that these kinds of noodles are very high in protein, and relatively low in carbohydrates. They’re great if you’re watching your carb intake or looking for a high protein meal to have after a workout.

Yakisoba Edamame Noodles

Yakisoba is a classic Japanese stir fry dish. Usually made with ordinary wheat noodles, it is a popular street food. The sauce used in Yakisoba is very like our Worcestershire sauce. It can be made from scratch, but I used a ready-made version from Yutaka, along with their green Edamame Soybean Noodles. It’s very easy to make and is really tasty.

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Ingredients (serves 2):

200g Yutaka Edamame Soybean Noodles

1 tbsp sesame oil

2 handfuls pak choi

1 pack spring onions

1 bottle Yutaka Yakisoba Stir Fry Sauce

Black sesame seeds to garnish

Cook the noodles according to the packet’s instructions (boil in water for 6 minutes then rinse and run a little of the sesame oil through them). Stir fry the pak choi in the remaining oil, add the spring onions, the sauce and the noodles and fry for a few minutes more. Garnish with the sesame seeds and any leftover raw spring onion.

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Miso Aubergine Soybean Noodles

I absolutely love the flavour of miso, which is fermented soybeans. The paste is perfect to stir into rice as well as noodles. I used soybean noodles and soybean-derived tamari sauce for this dish to complement the miso paste.

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Ingredients (serves 2):

200g Yutaka Soybean Noodles

Tamari sauce

1 tbsp sesame oil

Half an aubergine, thinly sliced

A few leaves of shredded cabbage (or cavolo nero in this case)

2 tbsp miso paste

White sesame seeds, to garnish

Again, cook the noodles as per the box in instructions (see recipe above). Use remaining sesame oil to stir fry the aubergine and cabbage, and add several splashes of tamari. After 2 – 3 minutes add the noodles and miso paste and stir fry for a few minutes more, evenly distributing the paste. Add to bowls and garnish with sesame seeds.

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Both of these dishes are so quick and easy to do, with very simple ingredients. I love that they are low calorie and full of nutrients. Health is something I am focussing more on in 2018.

You can find all the necessary ingredients from Yutaka.

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Let me know if you try either of these. I would love to know, do you eat a lot of Japanese food? If so, what recipe can you recommend I try next? 


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I was very kindly gifted the noodles, tamari, yakisoba sauce and sesame seeds by Yutaka. All recipes, photos and opinions are my own. Read my full disclosure here.


  1. Sarah McVicar
    February 6, 2018 / 11:08 am

    These recipes look so tasty x

  2. A S,Edinburgh
    February 6, 2018 / 2:00 pm

    I love noodles. I’ve never tried any made with soybeans before, though. At least I don’t think I have. They look great.

  3. Kayleigh Watkins
    February 6, 2018 / 10:21 pm

    I have never eaten Japanese food but these recipes look very tasty, I think il have to try them xxx

  4. Maya Russell
    February 7, 2018 / 8:22 am

    I have never eaten Japanese food properly. I’d definitely try these noodles. I have eaten edamame beans in salads – very tasty and they are very good for you apparently.

  5. Charlene Merrall
    February 7, 2018 / 1:36 pm

    Oh wow these look so good! I don’t normally cook chinese at home but need to give these a try!

  6. Alison Burns
    February 8, 2018 / 11:24 am

    Yummy looks lovely and tasty got to try this one don’t cook much Chinese but will give this a go!

  7. Jayne T
    February 8, 2018 / 9:46 pm

    These all look very tasty, thanks for sharing the recipes.

  8. Carolyn
    February 10, 2018 / 9:38 am

    I made the miso aubergine noodles and they were delicious.

  9. Victoria Worthington
    February 11, 2018 / 1:08 am

    I love Japanese food, these dishes look tasty.

  10. Carly Belsey
    February 11, 2018 / 6:51 am

    Wow these look really tasty and lots of colours so really good for you too.

  11. Jeanette Leighton
    February 11, 2018 / 11:12 am

    These look very appetising

  12. Samantha O'D
    February 12, 2018 / 2:39 pm

    These look so yummy, i have not heard of half these ingredients! i really need to experiment more

  13. Rebecca Barnes
    February 13, 2018 / 3:25 pm

    Your food photography is so good – I’ve never fancied wheat noodles until now..!

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