I think about these noodles all the time when I am outside of Japan.
They were always stocked up in the cupboard at my parents' house in Japan. Why? Because they made a great snack, the perfect lazy lunch, and great emergency food for typhoon days when we can't go out to buy groceries.
There was an instant noodle vending machine around my high school, and when I skipped math class, I ate this curry flavor ramen noodles at the park with a small plastic fork. Growing up, this was my comfort food.
I was pleasantly surprised when I found this ramen online in North America.
Have you ever watched Youtube videos about these noodles? A lot of Youtubers (ex. Sean Evans from Sean in the Wild or Joji from First We Feast) have reviewed this cup noodle.
There are so many instant noodles out there, but the instant noodle that I always come back to is the Nissin Cup Noodle Curry Flavor. What about you?
I have a lot of fond childhood memories with these instant noodles and every time I eat them as an adult, I catch glimpses of my childhood.
This instant cup noodle is sold by Nissin Food Products Co., Ltd. which was found in 1948 in Osaka. This Cup Ramen Nissin Curry flavor was released in 1973.
After opening this package, you can already see toppings and seasoning in the cup with the noodles.
Dried minced pork
So, these noodles have protein toppings unlike other instant noodles!
Let's get started.
1. Pour hot water into the cup and wait for 3 minutes.
(There is a lot of soup powder, and toppings, so pour the water slowly. Sometimes, hot water doesn't get absorbed into noodles quickly, so take your time until the water penetrates the layers of seasoning. Fill the water until it reaches the line inside the cup.)
After 3 minutes, you will be able to see perfectly cooked noodles, and delicious toppings in the cup. There may be some chunks of soup powder on top that has not yet been mixed in with the soup, so let's mix it together...
After mixing, the soup became thicker and the aroma is much more fragrant!
The cup is thin and tall, so you can easily hold the cup and eat at the same time.
The flavor of the cup noodles is Japanese curry flavor, so it is not spicy Indian curry flavor, but it is on the side of sweet and savory. Even if you cannot tolerate spicy food, I think you will still enjoy these.
The base of the soup is pork broth and vegetable, which brings the taste of sweetness into this mildly spicy soup. The three elements of pork, veggies, and spices complete this thick and satisfying soup.
This thickness that is present in the curry is perfect. You will find a depth of flavor in this seasoning. The soup has a lot of rich flavours, with mild heat and it is smooth and creamy...
This soup is very thick, but it is not too strong or fatty. You will want to eat this on a regular basis. It has great balance!
This soup will warm you up, comfort you, make you feel full, and satisfied.
Even when I don't have much of an appetite, I am still able to eat these noodles. The flavours of the broth is very enticing!
I thought all flavors of Nissin Cup Noodles use the same noodles, but after some research, I found out that actually they are all slightly different.
They try to match the thickness of the noodles with the soup and umami. Thick soup like this one goes well with thicker-than-average noodles, so I find the noodles and the soup pair well together.
They are slightly tougher and chewier than other noodles of this series.
The soup coats the noodles well, and the flavor and umami of the soup spread into your mouth in every bite and the aroma of the spice comes after into your nose.
These toppings are a great way to amplify these instant noodles. They add to the volume to these soup noodles.
Dried pork cube: This dried pork cube meat has great umami flavours inside and it goes well with the soup. The meat absorbs some soup, so when you chew it, you can feel the juices from the pork and it is satisfying.
Fried potatoes: These fried potatoes in the soup are a great touch. The surface has the texture of fried food, and when you chew on them, it feels soft and fluffy inside. You feel like you are taking a bite out of a real potato. The potato goes really well with this curry flavor.
Dried minced pork: There is some minced pork in the cup too. It adds a different layer of flavour to the noodles.
Carrots and Green onion
There are small pieces of carrots and green onions in the cup. They are a good accent of the taste, and gives aesthetic appeal to this curry soup.
If you want to add something else, you might want to use different toppings like...
Aroma ★★★★★The smell is infectious...
Late night one day, when I was about to go to bed, my brother came back home from a party. He started to make this cup noodle (curry flavor) in the kitchen. The smell spread throughout the house. Of course, now I want to eat it too!
My Thoughts Overall ★★★★★It is flavorful and creamy. The flavor profile of Nissin’s curry-flavoured cup noodle is complex and delicious. You will not get tired eating this often. Thicker-than-average noodles can be nicely coated by spicy curry soup. The balance of soup, noodles, and toppings is perfect. You cannot ask for a better balance in a cup.
When you have craving for ramen or curry, you can easily make this. You just need to pour hot water and wait for 3 minutes.
After eating the first cup, you can easily down another cup without a second thought. (I did!)
Maybe you should try the Japanese version after you've tried the American version. I find it is a little different from the American version.
Nutrition Facts (from the packaging)
Noodles, Toppings 363
Protein 9 g
Fat 20.4 g
Carbs 50.6 g
Sodium 4.4 g
Vitamin B1 0.21 mg
Vitamin B2 0.20 mg
Calcium 108 mg
About the Author
Kei is a self-proclaimed ramen lover, blog writer and founder of "Apex S.K. Japanese tableware".
"I am from Ibaraki, Japan.
Ramen is great! It can bring you a sense of happiness and satisfaction that no other food can. I have been eating ramen for 30 years.
If there is no ramen, my life would be miserable.
Ten years ago, I worked as an office worker. The job was really stressful - excessive working hours, low wages, unpaid overtime work, and constantly being yelled at by my boss.
I was new and alone, no girlfriend, no friends, and felt very lonely.
My only oasis was the ramen shop near the office. For me, the ramen chef there was literally an angel. I saw a halo on his head. (No joke)
Tonkotsu shoyu ramen was my all-time favorite. He made ramen with broth chock-full of umami flavor, nice chewy handmade noodles, and tender chashu.
My greatest dream is to connect people with ramen through my blog. I want to share a lot of interesting and funny stories and ramen trivia with you.
Knowing more about ramen can help you appreciate your ramen and make it taste extra delicious."