My 3 Best Instant Soba Noodles

Made of buckwheat, “Soba (蕎麦)” is one of the traditional Japanese noodles that are most commonly eaten in Japan. Hence as with Ramen and Udon, the buckwheat noodle also comes in instant varieties, and if you have a chance to shop at a supermarket in Japan, you will see several kinds of instant Soba cups and bowls lined up.

My 3 Best Instant Soba Noodles

Since today instant Soba noodles have been a staple in homes in Japan, together with instant Ramen and Udon, almost every large Japanese instant noodle manufacturer produces and sells them, which is why many varieties of instant Soba noodles can be seen in Japan. But out of those, today let me introduce my 3 best.

Maruchan Midori no Tanuki Tensoba

Maruchan Midori no Tanuki Tensoba Buckwheat Noodle Soup

First off, one of my favorite instant Soba noodles is this “Midori no Tanuki Tensoba (緑のたぬき 天そば)” from Maruchan. Since “Tensoba (天そば)” stands for Tempura Soba, the main garnish of this instant Soba bowl is a large piece of shrimp Tempura. 

The buckwheat noodles are somewhat curly so they are well coated with the slightly sweet soy sauce-based broth packed with the umami from Katsuobushi bonito flakes, and the addition of the Shichimi Togarashi spice that comes with this bowl makes the Soba noodle dish more appetizing.

Nissin Donbei Kamo Dashi Soba

Nissin Donbei Kamodashi Instant Soba Noodle

“Kamo (鴨)” is the Japanese word for wild duck, so this Kamo Dashi Soba instant noodle from Nissin’s Donbei line is especially characterized by its distinctive dashi-rich broth made using umami extract from duck meat. 

The duck soup is very delicious and has a different umami profile than normal Soba noodle soups, so I sometimes have a craving for this instant Soba noodle.

Nissin Donbei Tempura Soba

Nissin Donbei Tempura Soba Buckwheat Noodle Soup

Nissin Donbei Tempura Soba is one of the best-selling instant Soba noodles in Japan, together with Maruchan Midori no Tanuki Tensoba, and this is my best of best instant buckwheat Soba.

Unlike Maruchan Midori no Tanuki Tensoba, the Tempura topping of this Soba bowl is added as a finishing after the noodles are cooked, so it is pleasantly crispy and has a nice fragrance of shrimps. The broth is also full of umami taste and very tasty.


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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