How to Make Japanese Oil Noodles with Taberu Rayu Chili Oil

When you hear Japanese oil noodles, you might suppose that the noodle dish is greasy or oily. But what I introduce here, “Abura Soba (油そば)”, literally meaning “oil noodles” in Japanese, is not oily but a savory, delicious noodle dish.

Abura Soba (油そば)

Abura Soba is a popular type of soupless ramen in Japan whose base seasonings are typically sesame oil and soy sauce based sauce which are placed beneath the noodles, so before eating you need to mix all the ingredients together well to coat the noodles with the liquid seasoning.

In Japan, Abura Soba is available in instant noodles form and currently comes in a number of products, including what I bought today, this Sanyo Shokuhin’s instant Abura Soba noodle featuring Momoya’s Taberu Rayu.

Momoya Taberu Rayu Garlic Chili Oil

Various Foods with Taberu Rayu

Taberu Rayu (食べるラー油: chili oil for eating)” is a relatively new type of Japanese chili oil that typically contains crunchy fried garlic and onions, which became a fad in 2009 in Japan thanks to the Momoya’s Taberu Rayu “辛そうで辛くない少し辛いラー油”.

The Japanese garlic chili oil is very savory with little spicy taste and goes well with almost any dish, which includes noodle dishes, like Abura Soba and pasta dishes.

Sanyo Abura Soba Instant Noodles with Japanese Chili Oil with Crunchy Fried Garlic

Instant Abura Soba is usually cooked like this, and the base sauce and toppings of this Sanyo’s instant Abura Soba include Taberu Rayu. This Abura Soba noodle featuring the Japanese chili oil with crunchy fried garlic was so good, really aromatic and savory.

How to Make Japanese Oil Noodles using Taberu Rayu 

I know it is difficult to get instant Abura Soba like this in countries outside of Japan, but for those who want to try the Japanese oil noodle with Taberu Rayu garlic chili oil, last let me introduce some tips.

As I wrote in this article, you can easily make Abura Soba from any packaged instant ramen, even if you are not in Japan. So first check the article, and then make Abura Soba following the instructions and add as much Taberu Rayu as you like to the noodles. 

The Japanese chili oil with crunch fried garlic will work well with any kind of Abura Soba and other noodles.


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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