Matthew Amster-Burton
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Matthew Amster-Burton is the author of five books and cohost, with Molly Wizenberg, of the hit comedy podcast Spilled Milk. He lives with his family in Seattle.
12/20/18
12:51 AM
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Absolutely! The flavor profile and the amount of fat is different, but the principle of serving a bunch of tasty things on top of noodles and then stirring it all together definitely didn’t originate with abura soba.

12/20/18
12:49 AM
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Good question. “Soba” by itself always refers to buckwheat noodles. However, the word can also mean “noodles” in general, although this usage is restricted to certain set phrases. For example, yakisoba (stir-fried noodles) is also made with ramen-style wheat noodles. Regular soup ramen is often called chūka soba, meani Read more

12/20/18
12:47 AM
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No, it’s a soft-boiled egg cooked in the shell in sub-boiling water. Sorry I didn’t clarify this in the piece!

12/20/18
12:45 AM
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This is how my mom made instant ramen for us kids growing up. Minus the fried egg. Maybe this is why I love abura soba?