Saba Ramen: Mackerel Flavor Instant Noodles from Acecook

When it comes to the flavor of ramen, Shoyu (醤油: soy sauce), Miso (味噌: fermented soybean seasoning), Shio (塩: salt), and Tonkotsu (豚骨: pork bone) are classics long loved in Japan.

In recent years, ramen comes in countless varieties, but as a rule, those flavors still form the base of the soup, and that also applies to the Saba ramen I bought today at a 7-Eleven.

Saba Ramen Mackerel Flavor Instant Noodle

Acecook Saba Ramen Instant Noodle

I sometimes see Niboshi ramen, whose stock uses dried sardine, but this is the first time I tried Saba ramen (Price: 220 yen) with the umami of mackerel, besides in instant noodle form.

With the help of SABAR, an Osaka-based restaurant chain specializing in mackerel dishes, this cup ramen was created by Acecook and released on March 1st of this year (2021).


Acecook Saba Ramen Instant Noodle Contents

The cup comes with two flavor packets. The black one contains special mackerel fish paste, while the red is seasoning oil.

The dehydrated garnishes on the dried wheat noodle block are cabbage, garlic, green onions, and red chili peppers.


How to cook this ramen is slightly complicated. First, peel back the lid about halfway and pour boiling water until it reaches the line indicated inside the cup.

Then, close the lid and let the noodles steep for 3 minutes. Finally, add the seasoning oil and fish paste and stir well with chopsticks. 


Acecook Saba Mackerel Flavor Instatn Cup Ramen

Niboshi ramen generally has a strong fishy smell, but this soup is Spanish Ahijo style (Shio-based) and was much easier to eat and tastier than I imagined.

It was so flavorful with no odor, and I could find the umami of mackerel in it.

Ingredients/Nutrition Facts

Acecook Saba Ramen Instant Noodle Ingredients

Ingredients (Soup Base)

Vegetable oil, Animal oil, Salt, Mackerel paste, Emulsified oil, Sugar, Chicken seasoning, Seafood extract, Spices, Smoked mackerel powder, Chicken powder, Yeast extract, Soybean protein, Powdered lemon juice, Flavoring oil, Whole egg powder

Nutritional Values

Acecook Saba Ramen Instant Noodle Nutrition Facts

Nutritional Values per Serving (91 Grams)
Calories 429 kcal
– Noodles and Garnishes (317 kcal)
– Broth (112 kcal)
Protein 7.9 g
Fat 21.0 g
Carbohydrates 52.2 g
Salt equivalents 5.3 g
– Noodles and Garnishes (1.2 g)
– Broth (4.1 g)
Vitamin B1 0.38 mg
Vitamin B2 0.45 mg
Calcium 252 mg


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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