Abura Soba (Mazesoba) : Soupless Ramen Flavored with Oil

There are many varieties of noodle dishes in Japan. Even among those, especially the 4 Japanese noodles, Ramen, Udon, Soba, and Yakisoba, are well known in the world and widely enjoyed.

In addition to these, we Japanese have some other common noodle dishes to eat at home or restaurants in daily life.

Left : Tsukemen (つけ麺)      Right : Somen (そうめん)

Examples of such Japanese noodle dishes include “Tsukemen (つけ麺)“, a type of Ramen consisting of noodles and a soup broth (in which noodles are dipped) served in separate bowls, and “Somen (そうめん)” consisting of fine wheat noodles and a Mentsuyu sauce also served in separate bowls.

Tsukemen and Somen are typically eaten during the summer season, so if I give another example that can be eaten throughout the year, “Abura Soba (油そば)” is that kind of Japanese noodle dish.

Abura Soba (油そば), or Maze Soba (まぜそば)

Abura Soba (Maze Soba)

Abura Soba is also a type of Ramen. However, the Japanese noodle dish features not having broth, whereas ordinary Ramen noodles are served in a bowl of tasty soup made with various ingredients such as pork bones, chicken bones, seafood, and vegetables.

Actually, Abura Soba is flavored directly with seasonings such as sesame oil, soy-sauce-based sauce, chili oil, and vinegar. The soupless ramen is called Abura Soba because the main seasoning is oil.

By the way, “Abura (油)” means oil in Japanese and Abura Soba is also called “Maze Soba (まぜそば)” literally meaning mixing noodles.

How to Eat Abura Soba

When a bowl of Abura Soba is served, the flavor base, such as seasoning oil and sauce, is placed on the bottom of the bowl. So after Abura Soba is served, you add some chili oil and vinegar to the noodle dish to your taste first.

Then, prior to eating, you need to mix all the ingredients well in order to coat the noodles with the seasonings. This is why Abura Soba is also called Mazesoba (Mixing Noodles).

Instant Abura Soba (Mazesoba) Noodles

Instant Abura Soba Noodles Myojo “Bubuka (ぶぶか)” Instant Abura Soba Noodles

When it comes to Abura Soba (Mazesoba) instant noodles, Myojo’s “Bubuka Abura Soba (ぶぶか油そば)” is the Japan’s No.1 instant Abura Soba with the largest market share. The soupless Ramen is really delicious, so if you are interested in Abura Soba, it is a must-try item.

The Myojo’s Bubuka Abura Soba is a long-selling product released in 2002. “Bubuka (ぶぶか)” is one of the most popular Abura Soba specialty shops in Tokyo whose head shop is located in Kichijoji (MAP).

(Reference page of this article : Wikipedia 油そば )


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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