Myojo Bubuka: The Best Abura Soba Instant Noodle
When it comes to Japanese noodles, the first thing that comes to your mind is probably ramen, udon, or soba. In fact, these are the most commonly eaten noodle dishes in Japan.
In addition to them, many Japanese ramen fans also love “Abura Soba (油そば)” which is a kind of soupless ramen.
As “Abura (油)” means oil in Japanese, Abura Soba consists of wheat noodles beneath which a liquid seasoning made typically with sesame oil and soy sauce-based sauce is placed.
Before eating Abura Soba, if desired, the eater usually can add some vinegar and La-yu chili oil for extra flavors, and he/she needs to give it all a good stir.
Today in Japan, Abura Soba has become a major noodle dish, so it is also available in the form of instant noodles, which are sold in supermarkets and convenience stores.
Myojo Bubuka Instant Abura Soba Noodles
Among such instant Abura Soba noodles, what I introduce here “Myojo Bubuka (明星 ぶぶか)” has the top market share.
The instant noodle was created through a collaboration between the leading Japanese instant noodles manufacturer “Myojo (明星)” and the popular ramen shop located in Kichijoji, Tokyo “Bubuka (ぶぶか)” (Google Map).
In the container, these 4 packets are placed on the dried noodle block and the contents of each are as follows.
- The clear transparent one contains dried garnishes such as Chashu roast pork, Menma bamboo shoots, and Naruto fish cake
- The blue one contains a liquid seasoning
- The orange one contains nori seaweed and green onion flakes
- The white one contains mayonnaise
I really love this Abura Soba noodle simply because it tastes so good. The seasoning sauce is soy sauce-based and packed with savory umami, and the mayonnaise sauce gives it an extra delicious flavor.
Meanwhile, the wheat noodles are pretty thick with a three-layer structure and deliver a pleasant chew.
Next, let’s see the ingredients label on the side of the box, Based on that, the seasoning sauce of this Abura Soba mainly consists of lard, mayonnaise, soy sauce, sugar, vegetable oil, pork and chicken extract, salt, flavoring oil, Chashu extract, brewed vinegar, and spices.
Lastly, for people who want to try this Japanese instant noodles someday, let me share how it is cooked.
|1||First, peel back the paper lid about halfway and take all the packets out from the container|
|2||Then, add in the contents of the clear transparent packet|
|3||Pour boiling water until it reaches the line indicated inside the box|
|4||Close the lid and let the noodles sit and cook for 4 minutes|
|5||4 minutes later, peel off the small paper seal on the corner of the top lid|
|6||Pour away the water inside completely through the tiny holes|
|7||Then, remove the paper lid and add in the liquid seasoning|
|8||Mix all the ingredients well with chopsticks|
|9||Sprinkle the nori and green onion flakes over the noodles|
|10||As a finishing, dress the noodles with the mayonnaise sauce|
|11||Ready to eat! Enjoy the Bubuka Abura Soba noodles!|