Ikedaya – Gyusuji Yakisoba

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).

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Meatrea directory information for Ikedaya.
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The front of the restaurant.

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.

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Gyusuji yakisoba.

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.

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