Myojo Bubuka: The Best “Abura Soba” Instant Noodle in Japan
When it comes to Japanese noodle dishes, many people will probably be reminded of ramen, udon, buckwheat soba, yakisoba or somen. 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 from sesame oil and soy-sauce-based sauce is set.
Before eating Abura Soba, the eater usually can add some vinegar and “Rayu (ラー油)”chili oil to the noodle dish if desired, and he/she needs to mix all the ingredients together well.
In Japan, Abura Soba is also available in instant noodles form and sold in supermarkets and convenience stores. Among such instant Abura Soba noodles, what I introduce here “Myojo Bubuka (明星 ぶぶか)” has the top share.
Myojo Bubuka Instant Abura Soba Noodles
The Bubuka instant Abura Soba noodle was created through the 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, there are the dried wheat noodle block and the 4 packets shown above.
- The clear transparent one contains Chashu roast pork, Menma processed bamboo shoots and Naruto processed fish paste
- 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 convenient Abura Soba, simply because it tastes great with the addicting combination of umami-packed seasoning sauce and mayonnaise. Besides, featuring a three-layer structure, the somewhat thick wheat noodle also has a nice chew.
According to the ingredient list on the side of the package, the seasoning sauce for this Abura Soba mainly consists of lard, mayonnaise, soy sauce, sugar, vegetable fat and oil, pork and chicken extract, salt, flavoring oil, Chashu extract, brewed vinegar, and spices.
For those who want to try this addictive Japanese instant noodle someday, lastly let me show you how it is cooked with photos.
|1||First, peel back the paper lid about halfway and take all the packets out from the container|
|2||Add in the contents of the clear transparent packet|
|3||Pour boiling water up to the line indicated inside the container|
|4||Close the lid and let the noodles sit and cook for 4 minutes|
|5||4 minutes later, peel off the small seal on the corner of the top lid|
|6||Pour away the water through the small holes|
|7||Remove the paper lid and add in the liquid seasoning|
|8||Mix all the ingredients together well with chopsticks|
|9||Sprinkle the Nori and green onion flakes over the noodles|
|10||Lastly, dress the noodles with the mayonnaise sauce|
|11||Enjoy the Bubuka Abura Soba noodles!|