Every NYE I make my absolutely favorite holiday dish… Yakisoba! This Yakisoba recipe is a Myers family tradition. My mom prepared this every single New Year’s Day because it incorporated a lucky ingredient for the New Year, cabbage.
It’s customary to eat cabbage on NYD as it’s a “good luck” vegetable. There are other lucky things to eat on January 1st, like fish, black eyed peas, collards. Cabbage leaves are considered a sign of prosperity and representative of paper money. Who wouldn’t like to see a little extra money in 2022?!
While my family was never big on black eyed peas or collards, my mom took a spin on the cabbage leaves tradition with this satisfying dish.
I hope you enjoy, and I hope 2022 brings you lots of luck, and maybe a little more money too!
Do you have a traditional New Year’s Day dish?
If so, what is it?
NEW YEAR YAKISOBA
prep time 30 minutes
cook time 15 minutes
total time 45 minutes
- 1 pound chicken
- 2 cups bacon (about 10 slices)
- 2 cups cabbage
- 1 cup broccoli
- 1 cup sliced carrots
- 1 box yakisoba noodles*
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 fresh ginger clove
- 1 tbs. butter
- 2 tbs. sesame oil (you can use olive oil here if you prefer)
- 1/4 cup yellow onion
- 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 tbs flour
- sprouts for garnish (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Cook the bacon to a crisp, set aside then crumble (you can also bake the bacon in the oven for easier cleanup)
- Dice onion
- Cut chicken into small, thin cubes
- Clean bacon grease from skillet. Add 1 tbs. butter, a little soy sauce, onion, garlic, ginger and chicken… cook until brown, add 1 tbs. flour to thicken sauce – set aside
- Boil noodles for half the time that reads on the box, drain and set aside
- Heat oil in a second pan and cook cabbage and other veggies until fragrant
- Mix all ingredients together with soy sauce and sugar in a large mixing bowl
- Put all ingredients in baking dish and put in oven for 15-20 minutes, be careful not to burn noodles
- Serve warm with sprouts
*If you have trouble finding Yakisoba noodles, rice noodles or ramen works great too!