(Soosu Yakisoba Pan | Yakisoba Sauce Bread)
It's a yakisoba sandwich! Carbs on carbs! If you like Japanese food or are interested in Japan, you probably know about yakisoba. For those of you who don't, yakisoba is fried noodles (yaki means fried, soba is a type of noodles). I LOVE yakisoba, it's soooo good! So I am both excited and a little scared to try this. I think the idea of putting noodles in a sandwich is novel for many foreigners, so it's a bit infamous.
98 JPY (1 sandwich)
Well... It's interesting. It's hard to describe but while the bun doesn't have a distinct taste, it tastes good. I was expecting it to taste like a cheap hotdog bun, but it tastes "fresh."
As for the yakisoba, you can taste the yakisoba flavour but it's very subdued. It's like the sauce is completely absorbed by the noodles. On top of the noodles is some ginger. It's strong and adds a refreshing taste to the otherwise plain flavour of the rest of the sandwich.
The package doesn't recommend any specific way to eat it. After a few bites, I heated the sandwich up in the microwave. It didn't really change the taste, positive or negative. For me at least, eating it warm was less off-putting. Pick whichever you prefer.
The texture is...odd. While the noodles aren't mushy, they're completely soft. Again, it seems like the noodles have absorbed the sauce, so they aren't wet. The bun is fluffy and soft, like a hotdog bun. The ginger on top does add a crunch to it though.
There isn't a strong smell, but you can smell the sauce when you're eating it.
I don't get it. It's not bad, but I don't see what the bread or yakisoba add to each other. Since the yakisoba is just noodles, ginger and "sauce," it's missing all the flavours and textures the other veggies add. And there's simply better combinations for bread, both savoury and sweet. You can buy it at pretty much any superstore or convenient store, so there must be people who like it.
- Would I try again?
Pass. This is filling but not satisfying. If I want yakisoba, I'll get something that has a stronger taste and more ingredients. However, it might be worth getting just once for the novelty. Just don't judge yakisoba off of this.