Yakisoba Pan (焼きそばパン) | Inspired by K-On! (けいおん!) 🎸
K-On! (けいおん!) 2007: A Japanese four-panel manga series written and illustrated by Kakifly. It was serialized in Houbunsha's Manga Time Kirara magazine between the May 2007 and October 2010 issues. It was also serialized in Houbunsha's Manga Time Kirara Carat magazine. The manga relaunched from April 2011 to June 2012 with two separate storylines published in Manga Time Kirara and Manga Time Kirara Carat. The manga is licensed in North America by Yen Press. A spin-off manga about a different band of high school girls, K-On! Shuffle, began serialization in July 2018.
In an unspecified part of Japan, four high school girls join the light music club of the all-girls private Sakuragaoka High School to try to save it from being disbanded. However, they are the only members of the club. At first, Yui Hirasawa has no experience playing musical instruments or reading sheet music, but she eventually becomes an excellent guitar player. From then on, Yui, along with bassist Mio Akiyama, drummer Ritsu Tainaka, and keyboardist Tsumugi Kotobuki spend their school days practicing, performing, and hanging out together. The club is overseen by music teacher Sawako Yamanaka who eventually becomes their homeroom teacher as well during their final year of high school. In their second year, the club welcomes another guitarist, underclassman Azusa Nakano. After Azusa joins they gain more structure and begin to practice more.
After their third year, Yui, Mio, Ritsu and Tsumugi graduate and enroll into a university. There they join its light music club alongside three other students: Akira Wada, Ayame Yoshida, and Sachi Hayashi. Meanwhile, Azusa continues to run the high school light music club alongside Yui's sister Ui, their classmate Jun Suzuki, and new members Sumire Saitō and Nao Okuda.
You will find Yakisoba Pan (焼きそばパン) in one of the K-On! episode where Mio receives yakisoba pan from some girls from her fan club! Look how cute that is 😍 Yakisoba Pan is basically a Japanese stir-fried noodles stuffed into a bun. The origin of the yakisoba pan goes back to the 1950s in Tokyo. When Nozawa-ya used to sell their bread Koppepan (コッペパン) and Yakisoba separately, a customer requested to put them all in one to save some trouble. Hence, an unexpected but delicious sandwich was created!
BUNS INGREDIENTS (10 pcs):
320g bread flour or all-purpose flour
25g TBS sugar
1/2 TSP salt
Egg & milk (for egg wash)
YAKISOBA NOODLES INGREDIENTS:
2 serving yakisoba noodles
4 sausages (cut into strips)
1 carrot (cut into strips)
Half cabbage (chopped into small pieces)
1 TBS onions (minced)
1 TSP soy sauce
2 TBS tonkatsu sauce
Salt & pepper to taste
Benishoga (for garnish) ~ Click this link for recipe.
1. Place bread flour or all-purpose flour into a mixing bowl. Then add in salt and sugar separately from the yeast. This is to prevent inconsistency on the dough. Mix the salt and sugar with the flour then mix the yeast with the flour.
2. Mix milk and egg together. Place it in a mixer. Let the mixer run for 20 minutes. The mixer will knead the dough until it form a ball shape. You can also manually use your hand to knead the dough. Make sure to dough for at least 20 - 25 minutes. After kneading, let the dough rest for 1 hour 20 minutes or until double in size.
3. Yay! Our main dough is now double in size thanks to the yeast! Punch the dough and flatten it to let all the air out.
4. Roll the dough and cut it into 10 pieces.
5. Take one portion of the cut dough and flatten it to let extra air out. Then fold the upper and bottom together. Roll into a long bun. Repeat for the rest of the dough.
6. Place each dough on a baking tray and let it rest for 30 minutes. At this point, you may preheat your oven at 180°C.
7. The dough is now double in size. Brush the dough with egg wash and bake for 20 - 30 minutes. The bun is ready! Set aside and let it cool down.
8. Now, let's make the yakisoba noodle! Stir fry minced garlics until aromatic. Then add in sausages. Cook for another 3 minutes.
9. Add in carrots and shredded cabbages. Cook for another additional 3 minutes.
10. Add in yakisoba noodle, soy sauce and tonkatsu sauce. Cook until everything is incorporated. Done!
11. Now, let's make yakisoba pan! Make a slit on top of the bread and spread butter (it will act as water-resistant).
12. Stuff the bread with yakisoba noodles. Sprinkle a bit of Benishoga in the center. If you don’t eat it right away, wrap the sandwich with plastic wrap.
Yakisoba Pan is the ultimate carb-heavy Japanese soul food! No matter what the healthy food trend is at the time, Yakisoba Pan stays always in the hearts of the Japanese. If you have not tried it, you are missing out on a real food treat!