Ippeichan Yakisoba

Ippeichan Yomise-no-Yakisoba is one of the most popular instant noodle bowls, that anyone can buy at a super market or convenience store, which began in 1995. This is non-soup type of instant noodle, so we drain out the pre-boiled water before we add the included seasonings into it.

The bowl is a square container, and always comes with special mayonaise for topping. The pouch of mayo is very well-designed, so anybody can squeeze out nice thin mayo lines for the topping easily.

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Ippeichan Yomise-no-Yakisoba Trivia

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Why did they name it Ippeichan?

“Chan” is a Japanese honorific and the word “Ippeichan(一平ちゃん)” sounds like a boy’s name. In a TV commercial in Japan, people are calling the man who is cooking the noodles, “Ippeichan”.

The first kanji in the name represents the number 1. According to the official website, they named this product “Ippei-chan(一平ちゃん)” because they hoped that it would become the number one brand during the Heisei(成) period.

Reference: 明星食品・一平ちゃん夜店の焼そば https://www.myojofoods.co.jp/ippei/index.html

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What is Yomise?

Image of Japanese Yomise

Japanese Yomise

Yomise(夜店) is group of small vendors open during the night time along the street. That’s why, the phrase “Yomise-no-Yakisoba(夜店の焼そば)” reminds me that Yakisoba noodles from a food cart at a summer night festival in Japan.

In Yomise, you find so many different food carts, merchant stands and fun booths. Yakisoba is one of the classic food for Yomise.

Also, the package design is based on the atomosphere of Yomise. You see the stars in the dark sky, the light bulb, table and condiments.

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What is Yakisoba?

Japanese fried noodle sauce yakisoba

Japanese fried noodle “Sauce Yakisoba”

Yakisoba(焼そば,焼きそば,やきそば) is one kind of Japanese pan fried noodles. Originally it is a dish to be made on a hot iron plate, but this is an instant noodle, so we can make something similar by only with boiling water.

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How to make Ippeichan Yomise-no-Yakisoba

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Step 1: Open the Lid Half Way

Open the wrapper and peel the lid half way. Please make sure that you don’t peel off the lid all way! We really need to keep it half way closed after we pour!

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Step 2: Add Only Dry Vegetable

Take out all packets from the bowl. Open ONLY the dried Vegetable packet and add it into the bowl.

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Step 3: Add Boiling Water and Wait for 3 Minutes

Boil water and pour it into the bowl until it meets the inner line. Close the lid and wait for 3 minutes.

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Step 4: Drain Hot Water

Keep the lid close and peel off the “Drain Spout” on the corner carefully. Drain all hot water.

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Step 5: Season the Noodle

Open the lid all way. Add sauce and mix well.

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Step 6: Complete with Toppings

Add the mayonaise and sprinkle the spice packet over the noodles.

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Ippeichan Yomise-no-Yakisoba FAQ

What does the Original Ippeichan taste like??

It’s almost like a basic “Yakisoba Sauce” flavor (I’ll explain it later). I have some bad experience about instant yakisoba noodles, but Ippeichan tastes GREAT.

I don’t have the Ippeichan Sauce Recipe and it’s hard to figure it out from the ingredients list, but I will try to explain how it tastes. Just imagine the RIGHT combination of Worcestershire sauce, Soy sauce, ketchup, sugar and some spices.

It’s not hot spicy sauce. The mayo of topping for the Original Ippeichan contains mustard, but even most kids can handle it.

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How much water do I need to boil?

You need about 540ml(2 1/4cups) of hot water. I recommend boil 600ml(2 1/2cups) of water and pour it in till the inner line of the container.

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Can I pour cold water and microwave it to cook?

No. It never works well and you ruin your Ippeichan. It’s also dangerous.

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What is the Dry Vegetable packet?

It’s cabbage.

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Can I skip mayo?

Of course you can. But the Ippeichan series is known for it, so I highly recommend to put it on unless you have a food allergy. With mayo or without mayo, the difference is huge.

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What is the green stuff in the garnish?

That is a kind of seaweed “aosa(アオサ)”. Usually people don’t eat aosa straight, so you shouldn’t judge when you taste the spice straight. If you’re not sure that you like it, sprinkle a little bit of the spice on the noodle and try it. The garnish(the spices in the packet) contains special seasonings too.

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Does the SUGARY-SWEET Ippeichan truly exist?

Shockingly, Yes. The Sweet “strawberry shortcake” flavor is now on sale in Japan starting from December in 2016. The Chocolate flavor one used to be available too(2016).

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Ippeichan Yomise-no-Yakisoba Reviews by Kansai Chick

Ippeichan Yomise-no-Yakisoba(Original) Review

Ippeichan Yakisoba

This is the first product of “Ippeichan Yomise-no-Yakisoba” line. The sauce and mustard mayo match very very well.

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According to the official website, to give the Original Ippeichan this unforgettable rich flavor, they mix some sauce when they make noodles. That’s why, the color of the noodle itself is darker than other product.

 What does the Original Ippeichan taste like?

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Price I got in a local oriental market:
2.79 USD

Best Deal I found at Amazon.com:
6pc for 13.85 USD (Subscription Deal)

Kansai Chick Recommendation Rate:
5 stars

Good Points:
It’s so yummy. Other flavor from this line is good too but I came back to this original flavor after all.

Bad Points:
It’s considered junk food. It might be too small to call it meal. I can finish this 600 cal food in 1 minute.

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Ippeichan Yomise-no-Yakisoba Shio Dare Review

Ippeichan Yakisoba Shiodare

This is the second flavor they released for Ippeichan Yomise-no-Yakisoba line. The word “Shio Dare(塩だれ)” means Salt-Sauce, and it’s completely different from basic Yakisoba sauce. The color of noodle will be very very light brown after you mix the sauce.

Ippeichan Shiodare

According to the ingredients list and my tongue, it tastes like good combination of salt, soy sauce, garlic, black pepper and lemon. Garlic and black pepper are in the mayo. Lemon powder is in the spice packet. So,you can skip them easily if you really don’t like them.

Ippeichan Salt Sauce

Price I got in a local oriental market:
2.89 USD

Best Deal I found at Amazon.com:
24pc for 57.12 USD

Kansai Chick Recommendation Rate:

Good Points:
It tastes good. When you want to try something different from original, you should try at least once.

Bad Points:
It’s  considered junk food. It might be too small to call it meal. I can finish this 620 cal food in 1 minute.

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