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 regular ramen noodle soup, Abura Soba has no broth and consists of wheat flour noodles with sesame oil and some liquid flavor seasoning placed on the bottom of the bowl.

Abura Soba

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

Common condiments for Abura Soba include vinegar and Japanese chili oil “Rayu (ラー油)”, and as its toppings, 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 dish at home.

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

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


1 Bring a pot of water to the boil and slip the dried wheat noodle block into it. Boil the noodles until they get a texture you prefer 
2 Prepare the flavor seasoning while you boil the noodles: Put a tablespoon of sesame oil, a teaspoon of vinegar, and a half amount of the soup base that comes with the instant ramen bag into a bowl
3 Drain water from the noodles and dump them into the bowl, onto the flavor seasoning
4 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 way to make Abura Soba noodles, so it is, of course, good to adjust the amount of each seasoning to your preference or eat the noodle dish 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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