Yakisoba is a well known dish in Japan. The name comes from two words – Yaki” , which means “to temper” or “ to cook over high heat”, and “soba”, which are buckwheat noodles, a very common type of noodle eaten in Japan.
Although similar to Chinese Lo Mein, the sauce gives Yakisoba a unique taste. Many restaurants in Japan have a hot plate built into the table where you can make your own!
There are many ways to prepare yakisoba. I learned one a few years back when I went with my family on a trip to Okinawa. We were staying at a rental house on the beach. One night we ordered a family barbecue dinner to be delivered to the house. To my surprise, they brought a metal tray and laid it over the charcoal grille and they also brought a huge bowl of meat, a huge bowl of raw vegetables, and a huge bowl of cooked noodles. They also brought a container of oil and a container of sauce. And so we cooked yakisoba over a charcoal fire. And it was excellent.
Children in Japan love yakisoba. The sauce is somewhat sweet and salty, so children in Japan add it to their noodles the same way that children in other countries add ketchup to their food.