Knowing Healthy Yakisoba
The name “yakisoba” translates to “fried buckwheat noodles” in Japanese, and the dish is one of Japan’s favorite and iconic foods. It is extremely popular beyond Japanese shores – from restaurants to supermarkets. Thanks to the multi-million giant, Nissin, yakisoba can now be enjoyed ‘instantly’ in plastic cups everywhere.
But did you know that the predecessor of Japan’s most popular noodles came out of neighboring China? Prior to arriving in Japan, the Chinese have already been making noodles out of buckwheat flour from 10,000 B.C. However, it was only around the eight century when the Japan started growing their own crops of buckwheat. By the start of the twentieth century, yakisoba rose to fame as a Japanese street food, along with yakitori and takoyaki.
Oyster sauce, which is the base of yakisoba sauce, is responsible for the popularity of yakisoba taste. Can this dish boast of anything healthy with it? That depends. Which type of yakisoba is healthy? The instant yakisoba or the prepared-from-scratch yakisoba?
Real yakisoba is one prepared from scratch and is far healthier than instant yakisoba. Many Japanese fast food chains and restaurants offer yakisoba, and these provide fewer health risks as they’re not instant. A single serving size yakisoba dish should contain around 200 calories if with stir-fried vegetables and chicken as toppings. Additional red meat increases calorie content.
Buckwheat flour, the base for yakisoba noodles, has many health benefits as well. Being a gluten-free grain it’s an alternative for those unable to consume wheat. It is also protective against heart disease due to its high phytonutrient content. Buckwheat soba noodles are also a good source of protein, fiber, iron, carbohydrates, thiamine, and especially, manganese.
Soba noodles have less calories, more fiber and more protein than traditional pasta. Traditional pasta is made out of refined flour and tends to be higher in calories, sugars and carbohydrates. In more ways, yakisoba is not just your delicious side or main dish, it’s a healthy choice best enjoyed made from scratch.
Yummy Yakisoba in Bellevue
Love our wide array of yakisoba selections – beef, chicken, seafood, vegetables, and tofu. Japan’s most popular noodles are not just delicious and filling, but nutritious as well.