In Japanese cooking, if it doesn’t come with rice, expect a pile of noodles instead. That, or noodles are the whole meal – like with yakisoba.
Fried (‘yaki’) noodles (‘soba’) are super easy to find. They’re on sale at festival stands, in stock at conbinis and supermarkets, and served from a hole in the wall under some train tracks.
The world of boxed yakisoba’s dominated by Peyang. (That’s boxed. No offense, Cup Noodle.) And they hold that top spot by putting out new, weird flavours all the time.
For yakisoba purists, the regular version keeps things simple. Noodles, cabbage, toppings, sauce. Bring the hot water and your appetite (maybe some pickled ginger too). And if you can’t get enough of that traditional taste, try a ‘big!’ or ‘super big’ tub.
Tonkotsu soy sauce
“Wait, isn’t this ramen?” Maybe you’ll think that, as you wait 3 mins like the packet tells you to do. The base flavour blends 2 types of soy sauce. On top of that, Peyang claims he richness of the pork broth lasts to the final slurp. So no, this isn’t ramen. This might be even better.
For people who need the energy to stay up late. Like students cramming before test day, late shift workers, and sparkly vampires. The sauce is kinda spicy, to keep you awake, and there’s also maca (Peruvian ginseng) in the ‘late night Peyang’ mix.
Fried rice style
The flavour’s a collab with Amijirushi – their fried rice mix’s been a top supermarket seller for over 50 years. Added sesame oil, and the extra sweetness in the veggies, help make the taste unique.
Pad Thai style
Hey, these are vermicelli (glass) noodles! That’s cheating! But there are prawns and beansprouts in the topping, so we’ll let it slide. Peyang also made their Pad Thai knockoff with almost no spiciness, letting you hot sauce it up to whatever heat level you can stand.
A special for Valentine’s Day. Must’ve worked up some romance, or curiosity, ’cause we can’t find this online any more. It’s ‘giri choco’ flavoured, named for the stuff you give to people you don’t like. Crying into your yakisoba doesn’t make it taste better, btw…
Osaka’s most iconic street food got the yakisoba treatment as well. But we’ve gotta disappoint you a little, there’s zero actual octopus content. What Peyang’s going for with ‘x-style’ is the atmosphere. That Osakan ‘home cooking’ feel, with extra fried toppings.
Crazy spice levels
Peyang’s on a quest to keep outdoing themselves. Super hot, super hot MAX, even hotter MAX, super hot MAX END. They’ve said the last one’s called ‘END’ as the last they’ll make. We don’t believe that for a second – wait and see what comes out next.
The MAX series
These limited editions take their flavours to an extreme. We’ve seen Peyang yakisoba tubs with MAX garlic, coriander, iron (spinach), seaweed… and we’ve tried some of them. The garlic versions’s got a warning: eat this alone, so you don’t disturb people around you. Can confirm, we had to open windows after eating.
Super Super Super Big Serving GIGAMAX
That’s legit what they called it. A full serving clocks in at 2,142 calories. About 4x the original, and more calories than an adult human should eat in 1 day. The pack’s even got ‘please don’t eat more than 1 of these a day’ written on the lid.
That taste of Japan you can’t find anywhere else
Did we give you yakisoba cravings? Whoops. Trying to fry your own noodles just isn’t the same. Sure, you can buy Peyang’s trademark yakisoba sauce by itself, or the furikake sprinkle topping for rice, but that’s not the point.