How to Make Abura Soba with Packaged Instant Ramen

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

Unlike ordinary ramen, Abura Soba is broth-less. It consists of wheat noodles and the seasoning oil placed on the bottom of the bowl.

Abura Soba

As Abura Soba has another name, Maze Soba (まぜそば: Mixed Noodles), you need to mix it up after serving and before eating.

Typical condiments for the dish are vinegar and Rayu (ラー油) chili oil, and garnishes include Menma bamboo shoots, Chashu roast pork, chopped green onions, and boiled eggs.

Easy Abura Soba Recipe using Instant Ramen

In countries outside of Japan, it may be hard to find restaurants offering Abura Soba. But just with a package of instant ramen, you can easily make it at home.

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

Although I prepared a Tonkotsu Shoyu flavor for this, you can use any flavor for the soup-less ramen.

Now, let’s look at the cooking process with photos.


1 First, bring a pot of plenty of water to a boil. Then, slip the dried noodle block and boil it until the noodles get your desired texture.
2 Prepare the seasoning liquid while boiling the noodles: Put into a bowl a tablespoon of sesame oil, a teaspoon of vinegar, and half the soup base that comes with your ramen bag.
3 Once the noodles get ready, drain water and dump them into the bowl.
4 Finally, add your favorite toppings and give it all a good stir. Enjoy the Abura Soba noodles!

Of course, you can adjust the amount of each seasoning to your preference, and some Rayu chili oil is also good.


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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