Ikedaya (池田屋) is a yakisoba fast food restaurant that we found in Meatrea in Paole next to Minami-Osawa station in Hachioji. I’ve seen yakisoba being refered to as a kind of Japanese chow mein in Canada, but I wouldn’t call it chow mein. It’s fried soba (not the buckwheat soba noodles) noodles with various ingredients, including bean sprouts, cabbage, carrot, beef or pork, and laver (dehydrated nori flakes).
We ate gyusuji yakisoba. Gyusuji is the soft beef meat that surrounds the cartilage, and so it contains a lot of collagen, which is very popular in recent years in Japan. It also contained konnyaku, which doesn’t have much flavour. It’s topped with chopped onion, a fried egg and served with pickled ginger.
So, how does it taste? It’s quite good. I like yakisoba a lot. This kind is referred to as sauce yakisoba, with a dark soy sauce based sauce. The other kind of shio yakisoba (shio means salt), which has a lighter, salty sauce. The beef was very soft and tasted pretty good. Definitely recommended.