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Japanese Food Taste Test – Chocolate Yakisoba

A couple weeks ago, I was informed of a new flavour of yakisoba, which is a kind of Japanese fried noodle. The usual flavours are Sauce (which is a soy sauce based sauce) and Salt (a lightly flavoured sauce based on salt). Well, just in time for Valentine’s Day, they’ve introduced Choco Sauce Yakisoba.

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It looks pretty normal, though the toppings were chocolaty.

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But pictures just aren’t enough. I took a video of the experience. It’s pretty short, so it’ll only take 30 seconds of your time. Please watch!

Do you want to try it? Are there any unusual flavours of food you’ve tried? Let me know in the comments.

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.