Last Updated on September 4, 2021
Today, we’re going to be answering the question: are yakisoba noodles gluten-free? But first, let’s take a look what they are and what goes into making them.
What Are Yakisoba Noodles?
Yakisoba is a dish that comes from Japan. It may look like ramen, but it most certainly isn’t. It’s usually made in one pan and is super easy to make. It’s a Japanese classic stir-fry dish that is sweet, sour, and absolutely delicious. Meat and vegetables are a staple alongside the noodles themselves.
What Are Yakisoba Noodles Made From?
Yakisoba and soba noodles are not the same. Whilst you usually make soba noodles from buckwheat, which despite the name is not made from wheat, that is not the case for yakisoba. The ingredients in yakisoba noodles are wheat flour, kansui, water, and sometimes, Worcestershire sauce.
Are Yakisoba Noodles Gluten-Free?
As you can probably tell from the last section – they are not gluten-free. The main ingredient in yakisoba noodles themselves is wheat flour. Following a gluten-free diet, wheat is not safe for consumption. But don’t worry, there are noodles that are similar and I have a whole range of alternatives to satisfy your yakisoba cravings.
Gluten-Free Yakisoba Noodles
Whilst they may not be gluten-free, never fear, there are some great alternatives out there. Let’s round up some of the best on offer!
Gluten-Free Meister have a whole range of gluten-free products for you to enjoy. Kobayashi Seimen Gluten Free Yakisoba are available for delivery to the US and UK. You can check them out here. In replacement of the usual wheat flour, they are instead made of rice flour. Lots of Japanese foods use rice flour instead of wheat, as it’s a great alternative.
This brand is so authentic, that you can not even tell the difference! The brand is also certified gluten-free. This means that all their gluten-free products go through extensive testing and meet strict guidelines set by the FDA to ensure they’re safe for gluten-free consumption. In other words – these products are as safe as they come!
You may not be able to source them from your local grocery store, but they are easily accessible online for around $5/£5 a bag. Whilst this is quite expensive for a bag of noodles – they are the closest tasting thing you’ll get if you’re fancying yakisoba noodles.
There are a range of soba noodles available which are gluten-free and taste and feel very similar to yakisoba noodles. They work well in hot and cold dishes. King Soba are an amazing brand which have a range of gluten-free noodles, including buckwheat. Their other products include:
- Organic Brown Rice Noodles
- Basmati Brown Rice Organic Noodles
- Basmati White Rice Organic Noodles
- Black Rice Organic Noodles
- Brown Rice and Wakame Organic Noodles
- Brown Rice, Amaranth and Kale Organic Noodles
- Buckwheat and Quinoa Organic Noodles
- Buckwheat and Sweet Potato Organic Noodles
- Millet and Brown Rice Organic Noodles
- Pad Thai Organic Noodles
- Pumpkin, Ginger and Rice Organic Noodles
- Organic Thai Rice Noodles
- Organic Vermicelli Noodles
All of King Soba products are certified gluten-free, organic, kosher, and fair trade. They retail at around $4-$5 a pack.
Thai Kitchen are an extremely popular instant noodle brand that offer a huge selection of gluten-free products. They offer three types of noodles which could be useful when making yakisoba. These include:
- Brown Rice Gluten-Free Noodles
- Thin Rice Gluten-Free Noodles
- Stir Fry Rice Gluten-Free Noodles
When purchasing, you can clearly see the gluten-free label (and egg-free). The main ingredients are rice and tapioca starch – both perfectly safe to eat following a gluten-free diet. You can buy them in your local grocery store for around $3-$4.
If you’re gluten-free, you’ll likely already be familiar with this brand. Their noodles are made using rice and are a gluten free favorite among the community. Their gluten-free noodles are vegan, organic, non-GMO, and are around $3 per pack.
The ingredients include organic rice and organic tapioca. They aren’t certified gluten-free, but they do claim to be – and the ingredients contain no gluten.
Miracle noodle have one of the biggest ranges of gluten-free products I’ve ever seen! Most of which are noodles, or variants of noodles. It’s easy to navigate their website to suit your diet and lifestyle.
It’s impossible to list all the products they offer, as the list really is that extensive – there is a huge selection, which does not disappoint. All of their products are plant-based and are non-GMO, vegan, and grain (gluten)-free. Their noodles are made with water, pickling lime, and Konjac flour. Konjac flour is naturally gluten-free and a great alternative to wheat flour.
Besides buckwheat and rice noodles, there are a range of other gluten-free noodles you can find, which would work well in yakisoba. These include egg noodles, Shirataki noodles, and udon noodles. However, it’s important to always check the label before purchasing, and opt for products with a gluten-free label clearly shown if possible.
If it’s long and thin, almost anything can be added to your yakisoba. Let’s be honest, if you’re gluten-free, you’ll be used to making do with what you’ve got!
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Whilst they’re may not be many gluten-free yakisoba noodles on offer to us, there are plenty of alternatives that we can use, that are just as tasty – and just as accessible. I hope this article has helped you to see that. As long as you’re checking labels – this diet doesn’t need to be as tricky to navigate as you might think.
Are there any alternatives that did not make the list that you think are worth mentioning? Or are there any simple noodle recipes you’d like to share that are gluten-free? Please feel free to leave any suggestions in the comments below. Sharing is caring! I love reading your recommendations.
Hi, my name’s Zoë. I’m 28 years old and live in London, UK. I work full time as a freelance writer and critic for West End theatre. Writing has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. I spend most of my free time at the theatre, or at conventions. I’m married to the love of my life, and live in a small apartment with my fur baby, Lillie. I run two of my own blogs: No Safer Place and Stage to Page: both of which have won awards. I also have a YouTube channel where I talk about all things stagey.