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Sun Noodle's Okinawa Soba

This might as well be named “The Tasty Noodle Island” blog, as here I present yet another store-bought fresh oriental noodle product in the form of Okinawa Soba by Sun Noodle. You may know by my previous posts how fond I am of Sun Noodle’s Ramen products. With that in mind, I just had to pick up this Okinawa Soba item up and give it a spin.

This 14.7 oz 2-person serving package was purchased at Ward Marukai for $2.79 (regular price). It includes a sealed inner bag of soba noodles (single batch) and two packets of soup base…

Notice how these Okinawan Soba noodles are light in color and have a wide and flat profile vs. Japanese Soba noodles which are more brown and have a thinner, round profile.

Well, like Saimin and Ramen (or any noodle dish for that matter), they require further garnishment to make it a complete dish. With that I added julienned carrots, celery and sliced green onions. There’s also a small amount of minced fresh ginger and garlic for extra “kick”…

As well as two types of Kamaboko (fish cake)…

Hilo’s Amano brand Vegetable Tenpura Deep Fried Fish Cake – 6 oz., $1.27 (on sale) from Marukai.

Here it is unpackaged…

Notice all the bits and pieces of green onion, peas and carrots. This stuff is awesome just eaten alone, so imagine how good they are in the Yakisoba noodles!


Hilo’s Amano brand Uzumaki Steamed Fish Cake – 6 oz., $1.27 (on sale) from Marukai.

Notice the attractive swirled profile…

This stuff is mandatory in saimin.

So I also made Julienned strips out of these two fish cakes. You could also add (or substitute) with Spam or Charsiu (local style), but I opted to stick with these. Especially since the deep-fried Vegetable Tenpura Fish Cake already has a “meaty” flavor profile.

Now that we’re prepped, on with the cooking, which is VERY easy (like making Saimin)…

In a large sauté pan or wok on medium-high heat, first sauté the vegetables…

Once the vegetables begin soften and cook through, add the Kamaboko (or other meat)…

In that photo, you can see how I cut the Kamaboko, so that everything is uniform and combines easier with the soba noodles.

The Kamaboko is already cooked out of the package, so all you’re doing here is heating it up. Then you add the broth. First combine the broth packet with 1-1/2 cups of boiling water in a cup. There are two packets in here, so make that 3 cups for the 2 packets. Then pour the broth into the pan with the vegetables and fish cake…

Unlike ramen or saimin, this is a “dry” noodle dish, not a soup; where the broth is only for flavor and moisture, and the noodles will mostly absorb all of it.

Then add the Soba noodles…

The broth will begin to boil and steam and cook the noodles, which the noodles will also absorb most of its moisture and flavor. With chopsticks (or tongs), combine the noodles, vegetables and kamaboko (or meat) evenly…

If you want, you can adjust the final flavor with Shoyu…

As you can see, the soba noodles absorbed that broth, making them tender and moist. These Yakisoba noodles really are “sponges”, also taking on the Kamaboko flavors.

From the time the noodles are added, it only takes about 5 minutes to reach the ideal tender, and moist finish. Finally, garnish it with the green onions and that’s it!


As you can see, this is a popular item with local Okazuya shops, as many of them are owned Okinwans, such as shown in this plate from Masa & Joyce in Kaneohe…

And the dish really is flexible as to what you garnish with. Here’s a Yakisoba plate from this year’s Okinawan Festival…

I’m willing to bet Sun Noodle makes the noodles sold at the festival. Next year I’ll ask. But they do look like the same one I have here from the store. As you can see, they put SPAM in theirs. Mines mo’ bettah with da’ Kamaboko!

Next time I’ll try added that pickled ginger garnish on top. That looks good!

Anyway, next time you’re in the mood for noodles, give this Okinawa Yakisoba by Sun Noodle a try. It’s really easy to make.. and to make it your own. It’s also a fantastic one-dish meal, great for pot lucks or to pack for the beach. Oishii desu!

19 thoughts on “Sun Noodle's Okinawa Soba

  • November 5, 2007 at 7:41 am

    Nah just kidding… typo

    I think with kamaboko and spam is da bestest!

    • March 17, 2012 at 6:15 pm

      Okinawans are Japanese. the island of Okinawa is one of the southernmost islands in the chain, very tropical and beautiful.

    • January 5, 2016 at 12:45 pm

      The Okinawan people are Okinawa people from Okinawa. They are not Japanese. They have their own language and food. They have been considered Japanese since the Japanese attacked and took over their Islands during World War II. Their basic food recipes are considered to have come from the Chinese foods.

      • January 6, 2016 at 5:02 am


        Thank you very much for pointing that out once again. Which I’ve also noted myself to all along this blog when featuring Okinawan food. I have a niece who is half Okinawan, and all the way up until not long ago, she considered herself “Half Japanese”. When I told her, “No, you’re half Okinawan!”, explaining to her the same you had just mentioned, she was like, “Ah, oh, I get it. Alrighty then…”

        I just recently (like a few days ago) had a conversation with a guy (he’s in his late 20’s I’d say) who grew up all the way from infant through high school in Okinawa (IIRC, Naha), although he’s all white (military parents). He said the younger generation in Okinawa barely (if at all) speak the native Okinawan language anymore. Strictly Japanese (and some English). Similar to Native Hawaiian kids (even if in part) here who can’t speak any native Hawaiian, save for what everyone else knows (“pau”, “aloha” and “mahalo” lol).

  • November 6, 2007 at 10:22 am

    I love how your pics just POP OUT and grab your attention. I’ve run across your blog a couple of times googling stuff…silly me to not have clicked on that subscribe button any sooner. I’ve missed out on plenny!

  • November 6, 2007 at 5:06 pm

    Nice pictures! It looks so good!!!
    I love soba and Masa & Joyce’s! I go there all the time when I visit home.
    Thanks for the step by step process, I’m gonna have to make this for dinner.

  • November 7, 2007 at 9:27 pm

    oh, so yummy…it’s the hot dog roll again. :) And the noodles look good.

    Try it? wah….they don’t sell Sun here.

  • November 8, 2007 at 10:31 am

    Totemo oishisoudesune!!
    In Japan, Uzumaki=Naruto ,Tenpura=Satsumaage desu.

  • September 28, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    Okinawa soba is the best. But,where can I buy sun noodles mail order?

  • August 18, 2009 at 7:55 am

    i love the sun noodle type of okinawa soba. i live in tampa. how can i purchase the soba from here?? please advise as soon as possible. i’d like to purchase a large quantity…a case or two. thank you.

  • June 1, 2010 at 9:46 am

    Is there a phone number in Hawaii (or Okinawa) where some of these
    items may be purchased?

  • October 30, 2010 at 6:52 am

    where can i buy soba noodles

  • November 21, 2014 at 10:23 am

    I live in miami florida and I like to order,  how and where can I order. ..thank you


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