Yatsobi (Beef, Cabbage and Ramen Noodle Stir-Fry)

"This is excellent. A friend at work gave me the recipe and she got it off the internet. I made it tonight with a few minor changes and loved it. It makes a lot but reheats well."
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  • In a large skillet or wok, brown ground beef and set aside to drain on paper towels.
  • Fry bacon, drain on paper towels and reserve 2 Tbsp of the bacon fat.
  • Heat the bacon grease over medium heat.
  • Add chopped onions and garlic and cook for 3-4 minutes or until onions are soft.
  • Add 2 - 4 tbls. soy sauce.
  • Add carrots and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add cabbage & red bell pepper.
  • Stir-fry on medium-high heat for 5-6 minutes or until vegetables are crisp tender. (We like ours crisp so you may want to cook longer).
  • Prepare Ramen noodles as directed on package, drain, and toss with a little olive oil to keep them from sticking together (do not add the seasoning packets).
  • Add ground beef, bacon and crushed red pepper flakes (if using) to the vegetable mixture and cook at medium heat for 2-3 minutes, or until meat is heated through.
  • Add bean sprouts and Ramen noodles to meat and vegetable mixture and stir fry 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Serve with extra soy sauce to taste.

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  1. llcooljack
    I've been making this recipe for about three years and it remains on of my son's favorites. We leave out the bean sprouts. Great recipe!
  2. Kim S.
    This was excellent! I used beef strips, a bag of sliced cabbage (like ready for coleslaw), and instead of the soysauce, I used Recipe #87748 All Purpose StirFry Sauce. It seemed to have the flavors that everyone was adding: garlic, ginger, etc. This recipe did make a lot, it was almost a little hard to manage in the pan, but well worth it! I didn't put the bacon in either...watching those calories. Yummy!
  3. MelvinsWifey
    Yum. I changed it a lot, skipped the bacon and used strips of beef instead of ground. I added the flavor packet from the noodles and added a bunch of fresh ginger. Very tasty and easy.
  4. BarbryT
    This is soooo good! I halved the recipe and, even so, it easily made enough for 4-5. It is salty, and sweet and crispy and smooth. I certainly will be making this again. I think I want to try it with ground pork. And I may make it more noodley--using two packets of ramen noodles for half the recipe. It is just delicious.
  5. Ven-Jor Mom
    Entire family LOVED this recipe. I forgot to buy bean sprouts so I added lots of mushrooms, I imagine you could use any veg that would be great in a stir-fry. I also added the ramen soup base. Delish!!!


  1. jpatel02004
    I enjoyed working with the recipe and was happy that I was able to make a spin of the dish with the ingredients that I had on hand. I used turkey instead of beef and didn't have cabbage or bean sprouts in my refrigerator. The combination of ingredients worked out quite nicely. I added a bit more soy sauce and red chili flakes to enhance the flavor. I'll definitely make this again!
  2. MontanaRose
    WONDERFUL! I had some cabbage left over from St. Patty's Day and some left over chicken, was in the mood for stirfry. Substituted the chicken for the beef and added about a half cup of stir fry sauce (soy sauce, chicken broth, & cornstarch). Husband had several helpings and when I asked him what he wanted for dinner the following night, he said that stirfry you made last night. Great, versatile recipe, thank you so much!
  3. Florol82
    Made some changes to this for a low sodium meal. Instead of soy sauce I used a 1/4 cup water and 2 packages of no soduim beef bouillon.Used carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes , onions. and cabbage for vegetables. Also used low sodium bacon . Dh and I loved it. Have made it several times using different meats. Thanks Nimz for a great recipe.
  4. Amy in Hawaii
    This is like yakisoba (fried noodle. I added about a tablespoon of oyster sauce to this. Instead of ground beef, I used imitation crab pieces and chopped ham. I have also done this using cooked chicken and Sweet chili sauce instead of the soy sauce. Its tasty but it is very high in sodium.
  5. bmcnichol
    This was really good. I used coleslaw mix instead of chopping cabbage and carrots. This made for a quick and easy weeknight meal.


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