How to Make “Abura Soba” with Packaged Instant Ramen

“Abura Soba (油そば)”, literally meaning “oil noodles” in Japanese, is a type of ramen that is popular in Japan.

Unlike ordinary ramen noodle soup, Abura Soba is a dish with no broth consisting of wheat flour noodles with sesame oil and some seasoning liquid placed on the bottom of the bowl.

Abura Soba

As Abura Soba is also called “Maze Soba (まぜそば: literally Mixing Noodles)”, after serving, before eating, you need to mix the noodles well with the seasoning oil on the bottom of the bowl.

Incidentally, common condiments for Abura Soba include vinegar and Japanese chili oil “Rayu (ラー油)”, and as its garnishes, ingredients such as Menma processed bamboo shoots, Chashu roast pork, chopped green onions, and boiled eggs are typically prepared.

Easy Abura Soba Recipe using Packaged Instant Ramen

In countries outside of Japan, it may be difficult to find ramen restaurants offering Abura Soba noodles, but actually, just with a package of instant ramen, you can easily make the Japanese noodle at home.

Since this time I actually made a bowl of Abura Soba from a bag of instant ramen, today let me share how I cooked it.

Although this time I prepared a Tonkotsu Shoyu flavor instant ramen for making this Abura Soba noodle, the Japanese soup-less ramen can be made with any flavor of packaged instant ramen.

Now, here is the cooking method with photos.


1 First, bring a pot of plenty of water to a boil and slip the dried noodle block into it. Boil the noodles until they get your desired texture

Prepare the liquid seasoning while you are boiling the noodles: Put a tablespoon of sesame oil, a teaspoon of vinegar, and a half amount of the soup base that comes with your ramen bag into a bowl

3 Once the noodles get ready, drain water and dump them into the bowl, onto the seasoning liquid

As a finishing process, add toppings you like and mix all the ingredients together well

Enjoy the Abura Soba noodles!

Supplementary Explanation

The above is a basic making method of Abura Soba noodles, so of course, you can adjust the amount of each seasoning to your preference and you can eat the noodle with some Rayu chili oil.


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, 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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