Yakisoba Soup in Kuroishi
Have you ever delighted in yakisoba? Japanese and foreigners alike seem to be quite the fan. Yakisoba is simply a stir-fry noodle mixed with vegetables and meat and topped with a variety of delicious Japanese flavors including aonori (seaweed powder) and beni shoga (shredded pickled ginger). It seems to be quite a popular dish at festivals here in Japan and many foreigners claim to have devoured the dish many of times.
Today in my adventures around Kuroishi City I happened to stumble upon a new variation of the dish. “Tsuyu Yakisoba” or Yakisoba soup!! It is the same noodles and flavor, but in a soup! It kind of reminded me of ramen or hot soba.
Tsuyu Yakisoba apparently has quite a history in quaint Kuroishi as it has been around since the 1950s. Today I tried out the original yakisoba flavor but I the dish is known to come in several variations as “scallop tsuyu yakisoba” and “curry tsuyu yakisoba” also are popular.
Here is how it is made:
It was quite tasty! And I recommend it to any foreigners wanting to try another Japanese food! If you are looking for a place to enjoy some Tsuyu Yakisoba, Kuroishi has a great area called Tsugaru Denshou Kougeikan. It is a collection of shops with traditional Tsugaru arts and crafts. There is also a wonderful “ashi-yu” (foot bath), and a few options if you are interested in trying Kuroishi Yakisoba.
The area also has a small winter festival going on daily 10 – 4 through February 28. There is traditional art performance, snowmobiling and good food. Get out, enjoy the winter, and warm up with some Yakisoba soup!
Tsugaru Denshou Kougeikan
Bus running a few times daily from Kuroishi Station
Information on the winter festival: http://koarashiyama.web.fc2.com/yukinofurusato2010.html