What is “Ajihen” for Noodle Dishes including Ramen?

Today after running some errands, I stopped by a convenience store and found a newly released instant noodle from Maruchan. The product instantly drew my interest, and as a result, I grabbed the cup.

Maruchan Niku Soba Instant Noodle with Momoya Taberu Rayu

Together with the cup noodle Maruchan Niku (肉: Meat) Soba with Rayu Chili Oil, I also bought a Taberu Rayu for Ajihen (味変: meaning Taste Change).

Ajihen (味変) meaning Taste Change

Taberu Rayu Chili Oil for Ajihen

For the unfamiliar, Ajihen (味変) is to gradually change the taste by adding some condiments to enjoy various flavors while eating a single dish (mainly noodles, especially ramen).

Since the seasoned pork bits topped-soba is finished with regular spicy Rayu chili oil, I thought the savory Taberu Rayu chili oil is the best option for this.

Niku Soba with Taberu Rayu

By adding the Japanese chili oil with crunchy fried garlic little by little into the regular Rayu-flavored spicy noodle soup, I enjoyed the change of taste and finished it off deliciously.


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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