As we continue to cleanup the chaos from Christmas, I wanted to drop one of my favorite recipes of the year on the blog for you.

This Yakisoba recipe is a Myers family traditional dish that my mom prepared every single New Year’s Day.

It’s customary to eat cabbage on NYD as it’s a “good luck” vegetable. Cabbage leaves are considered a sign of prosperity and representative of paper money. Who wouldn’t like to see a little extra money in 2021?!

While my family was never big on collards, my mom took a spin on the cabbage leaves tradition with this satisfying dish.

I hope you enjoy, and I hope 2021 brings you lots of luck, and maybe a little more money too!

Do you have a traditional New Year’s dish? If so, what is it?

prep time 20 minutes
cook time 20 minutes
total time 40 minutes
8-10 servings


• 1 pound chicken

• 2 cups bacon (about 10 slices)

• 2 cups cabbage

• 1 cup broccoli

• 1 cup sliced carrots

• 1 box soba noodles

• 1 garlic clove

• 1 fresh ginger clove

• 1/4 cup red or yellow onion

• 1/3 low sodium soy sauce

• 1 teaspoon sugar

• sprouts for garnish


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. Cook the bacon to a crisp, set aside then crumble

3. Dice onion

4. Cut chicken into small cubes

5. Place ham on aluminum foil and create a “boat” around the ham

6. Clean bacon grease, it’s okay to leave a little in the skillet that will add to the flavor! Add onion, spices and chicken to bacon grease and set aside

7. Boil soba noodles for half the time that reads on the box, drain and set aside

8. Heat olive oil in a second pan and cook cabbage and other veggies

9. Mix all ingredients together with soy sauce in a large mixing bowl

10. Boil water and dilute sugar add to mixing bowl

11. Put all ingredients in baking dish and put in oven for 20 minutes

12. Serve warm!