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This past weekend was the annual Toyota family picnic. It’s lots of fun and there’s lots of Japanese food, but no vegan-friendly options. I’ve never really made traditional Japanese food before! I decided it was the perfect opportunity to try and veganize one of my favorite Japanese dishes, yakisoba. I was actually pretty excited to have my family try it. Yakisoba would normally have oyster sauce, chicken, and sometimes even egg noodles. This vegan version totally fooled everyone!

I also tried my hand at making cold tofu, yam tempura and gomae. The picnic had plenty of vegan-friendly Japanese dishes that the whole family indulged in! 

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Yakisoba would normally have oyster sauce, chicken, and sometimes even egg noodles. This vegan version will totally fool everyone!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword noodles, vegan yakisoba, yakisoba
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8
Author Lauren Toyota


yakisoba sauce


  • 250 g 100% buckwheat noodles
  • 3 tbsp grapeseed oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 12 oz veggie chicken strips
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 C shitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 C sliced carrot (about 2 large carrots)
  • 2 C chopped savoy cabbage (about 1/2 a head)
  • 2 C bean sprouts
  • 1 tbsp grated fresh ginger
  • 3 tbsp crushed roasted nori seaweed


  1. In a saucepan on medium-low heat, whisk together all of the ingredients for the sauce. Continue whisking until the sauce is brought to a low simmer, then remove from heat and set aside.

  2. Chop all of your veggies in advance and have everything prepared and ready to stir fry.
  3. Bring a pot of water to a boil for the noodles. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes, then drain, and run under cool water using your hands to rinse and separate the noodles.

  4. Heat 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a wok or large frying pan over medium-high. Fry onion for 3 minutes. Then add in minced garlic and the veggie chicken strips. Brown up the veggie chicken strips in the pan for approximately 6 to 8 minutes, then add in your veggies and grated ginger.

  5. Stir fry everything for another 6 to 7 minutes or until the cabbage, mushrooms, carrots, and bean sprouts are softened but not over cooked. During this cook time, you might need to add 1 more tablespoon of vegetable oil if things are sticking to the pan.

  6. Lower the heat to medium and toss in the noodles and the yakisoba sauce, stir frying everything in the wok for another 3 to 4 minutes. 

  7. Place yakisoba in a serving dish and top with crushed roasted nori seaweed.

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2 thoughts on “yakisoba”

  1. Hey Lauren, Love love love yakisoba and can’t wait to try this recipe! Where did you find vegetarian oyster sauce?

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