1½ yaki udon (midnight snack)

An example of the infamous student cooking. From the time I was a student in Japan.

If you’re a student and have no money. And, in addition, you’re so hungover that you’re not able to leave your bed for a whole day – we have a solution!

Tensai came back from work around midnight and found me still in bed, dying of hunger. But since he brought chuhai and vodka (and 5 mandoo, that what was left from New Year’s cooking), we started out with a little drinking.

3am, we’re starving; hunger is unbearable. Convenient store? way too far, way too expensive. What’s in the fridge? and that is how we came to make yaki udon. It’s an easy to make, delicious, cheap dish. Perfect, isn’t it?



1. Check what you have in your fridge.

2. What you need for sure is:

udon noodles
egg (not necessary but nice if you have)
yaki soba sauce (焼きそばソース)
pork (we didn’t have so we used sausage, ham would do, also)
salt, black pepper


3. Cut the onion and sausage, thick slices. Fry them using a little bit of cooking oil.

4. If you have eggs, fry it also. That’s how we did it:


5. Take the egg out from the frying pan. Add the udon noodles. Fry them with onion and sausage for a while. Add yaki soba sauce and fry a little bit longer.

6. When it’s ready put the egg on the top of the dish.



  1. To jest sztuka zrobić coś z niczego Gratulacje


  2. Your recipes inspire me. I live in New York . Can you recommend where to shop?


    1. well, i live in Poland now and I usually buy stuff in shops with Asian food. but i guess you can get ingredients online, too ;) but the best idea is to find Korean/Japanese district and try to get something there.


  3. I just made this for dinner – probably the most satisfying thing I’ve eaten in a while :D
    Come back to Japan and cook for me again!! x


  4. Checking out this recipe, 7 years later, in the middle of lockdown season, at midnight, with nothing but Udon noodles that seem appealing to me!


  5. Reading this post, 7 years after it was posted, found from a simple Google Search for Midnight Udon noodles. What more could one ask in the middle of lock down season with midnight cravings for Udon noodles?!


    1. Awww glad to be of service! 😁 I like to go through my old blog posts from time to time, too. Times of youth! 😅 Did you end up making your yaki udon?


      1. The older blog posts are a true walk down memory lane indeed! I have a combination of surprised and cringe worthy expressions going through my older posts :P I did make my own version of the Udon noodles! Added some veggies, some Dark Soy, and believe it or not Peanut Butter! Fresh squeeze of lime on top and I was good to go! It’s amazing how our palates would fathom the most bizarre food combinations post midnight! Thank you so much :)

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