Use Your Noodle: 7 Amazing Exotic Cup Ramens

Great White Hope

Use Your Noodle: 7 Amazing Exotic Cup Ramens

Notice how many of these “exotic” ramens are described as “rich”, as in Nissin Cup Noodle Rich Fukahire Shark Fin Soup Flavor? The word “rich”, of course, has two meanings: concentrated and wealthy. Though Nissin is likely evoking the former in reference to the soup broth’s flavor, the latter meaning is a tad worrisome as conspicuous consumption of rare species has long been a purview of er, rich folks. As for the use of Shark Fin either in whole, in part or in passing, that particular cruel and wasteful food-flavoring factor seems to be slowly but surely fading away. (image via Recommendation of Unique Japanese Products and Culture)

Bakin’ Eggs

Use Your Noodle: 7 Amazing Exotic Cup Ramens

Use Your Noodle: 7 Amazing Exotic Cup Ramens

Which came first, the bacon or the eggs? Why not both! Nissin’s Gudetama Bacon and Egg Cup Noodle is basically breakfast in a bowl er, that isn’t cereal. Purists who are laser-focused on the ol’ Chicken vs Egg debate can rest easy knowing this colorful concoction contains chunks of chicken (along with veggies, bacon and “meat”) finished off with a “smokey gooey egg topping”. Enjoy your daily carbon footprint in a cup! (images via OMG Japan)

Creamy AND Crabby

Use Your Noodle: 7 Amazing Exotic Cup Ramens

Are you creamy AND crabby? You’re either a dairy cow with a bad attitude OR a jumbo (103 gram / 1/4 pound) portion of of Nissin’s Cream of Crab BIG size Cup Noodle! We’re not sure how many dorm denizens are ready to spork over a cool SIX BUCKS for the privilege of enjoying this deluxe, dare-we-say decadent cup noodle. It’s like a Deadliest Catch for your measly student budget but you could always enjoy it virtually via this video from japanesestuffchannel. (image via OMG Japan)

Medal of Honorable Mention

Use Your Noodle: 7 Amazing Exotic Cup Ramens

From the “it seemed like a good idea at the time” file, Nissin brings you Gold Chicken Cup Noodle Ramen Tokyo 2020 Gold Medal Edition instant ramen. Or, at least they would have, if not for a certain pushy coronavirus for whom ruining the reputation of bat soup was just a warm-up. As the old saying goes, everything that glitters is not gold, even if you include the word twice in the product title. What can we say, Nissin must really like gold, along with chicken meatballs and black fungus. Yum? Just keep in mind: you can’t spell “fungus” without “fun”. (image via Airfrov)

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