Discover new ways to enjoy your favorite noodles with these clever hacks


1. One-ingredient add-ons

Sometimes, simply adding one thing to a dish can make a big difference in flavor. Here are a few suggestions.

Topping your Nissin Yakisoba with nori flakes (Japanese seaweed) makes it taste that much more authentic. If you want to spice it up, try adding a dash of kimchi, or gochujang (spicy Korean chili paste). You can find these ingredients at any Korean or Asian grocery.

You can also get creative with whatever you have in your kitchen! Top your Yakisoba with a runny fried egg for added protein. The yolk creates a thicker and richer sauce. Want an added layer of flavor? Try mixing in some fried garlic for that homey aroma, or melted butter for more richness. Want to get experimental? Sprinkle your hot noodles with grated mozzarella or cheddar cheese. It will melt and mix into your noodles to give it an unexpectedly creamy and cheesy kick. Mix in whatever flavors you like best. The possibilities are endless!

We recommend this hack with: any variant!

2. Breakfast Yakisoba

Yakisoba for breakfast? Why not! While it’s perfectly good on its own, a few things will make it more breakfast-appropriate. Fry bacon bits and finely chopped garlic until they’re golden and crispy. Toss this in with your noodles along with a mix of ketchup and worcestershire sauce, and top with a fried egg. Sprinkle with chopped green onions over top and voila! In a few easy steps you have yourself a sumptuous breakfast.

We recommend this hack with: Savory Beef

3. Faux Pad Thai

Craving for Thai food, but don’t have the time to make it? We’ve got you covered. You can turn your Nissin Yakisoba into a quick pad thai with just a few ingredients. Mix a spoonful of peanut butter, a few drops of patis, a dash of curry powder, and lime (or calamansi) juice to taste in a small bowl. Add this to the yakisoba spice mix, and mix with the rest of the noodles, and you’ve made yourself a quick and easy pad thai! Top it with cooked shrimp, chopped peanuts, and cilantro to make it even more authentic.

We recommend this hack with: Spicy Calamansi

4. Creamy Alfredo

It may sound strange, but the Japanese flavors of Yakisoba marry well with a creamy sauce. While your Yakisoba is in the pan, add your desired amount of all purpose cream. As an extra step, you can add one scrambled egg at this stage to mix with the cream and give the sauce more texture. You can then top it off with grated mozzarella or cheddar cheese, and your choice of toppings. We recommend bacon bits, chopped sausage, tuna, corn, or broccoli. Sprinkle with either chopped parsley or nori flakes for a true fusion experience.

We recommend this hack with: Spicy Chicken or Savory Beef

5. Yakisoba Omelette

Ever heard of yakisoba okonomiyaki? This is a simple version you can make at home. Make your yakisoba using package instructions, then add additional meat and vegetables. We recommend adding cabbage, sliced carrots, bean sprouts, cooked chicken or beef, and a dash of oyster or hoisin sauce. Add 2-3 raw scrambled eggs while the noodles are in a hot pan and cook until it resembles a thick omelette or pancake. Flip it to brown on both sides, and enjoy!

We recommend this hack with: Savory Beef or Spicy Chicken

We hope this has inspired you to try these recipes, and come up with your own cooking hacks for more ways to enjoy your favorite instant noodles. Get creative and dig in!