Yakisoba is one of the most popular fast food dishes in Japan. Yeah, we know what you're thinking. Fast food in a nation known for minimalist healthy couture like edamame and salmon rolls? Well, the Japanese often have a craving for fried stuff just like us, but rather than chowing down on artery clogging burgers and french fries, the take a higher route to get their fried food fill.
Yakisoba, or fried buckwheat (and sometimes wheat flour) noodles, is derived from the Chinese chow mien and is just as delicious on its own as it is paired with add-ins like lettuce and cabbage.
Watch this episode of The Minimalist with Mark Bittman to learn how to make a fabulous yakisoba dish with the three basic ingredients: noodles, vegetables, and sauce (in this case ketchup, soy sauce, mirin, corn syrup).