That’s how I discovered yakisoba pan, or fried noodle sandwich, which is a popular snack in Japan. This carby wonder is made from a soft hot dog bun stuffed with fried ramen noodles, bits of pork, pickled ginger, and, of course, lots of mayo. Genius! A noodle bowl is impossible to eat on the run; the bun allows you to slurp fried noodles anytime.
Another popular way to prepare and serve yakisoba in Japan is to pile the noodles into a bun sliced down the middle in the style of a hot dog, and garnish the top with mayonnaise and shreds of pickled ginger. Called yakisoba-pan, pan meaning bread, it is commonly available at local matsuri (Japanese festivals) or conbini (convenience stores).
Get your carbo-load on at Cafe Zaiya, which has two locations.
69 Cooper Square
18 East 41st Street