Spicy stir-fried noodles, called yaki soba, are one of many outdoor festival treats in Japan. Neighborhood shrines and temples have frequent Matsuri carnivals, and booths selling masks, toys, trinkets, soft drinks, cotton candy, grilled corn, squid and griddle-fried yaki soba line the entranceways. The recipe given here is a meatier version than most found in Japan, but it should still bring back memories to those who’ve sampled the “real thing.”
Rinse the noodles in boiling water, drain them and set them aside.
In a large skillet or wok, sauté the pork in
Add the remaining tablespoon of oil and reduce the heat slightly. Toss in the noodles and stir-fry all for a minute or two. Season with the dark sauce and continue to cook for another minute. Serve the noodles hot, garnished with green laver flakes and chopped red pickled ginger.
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