There’s a popular Japanese TV show whose protagonist, a wandering gourmet with a healthy appetite, often finds himself looking over a restaurant menu while trying to make an agonizing decision about which of two tempting entrees to order. Often, he resolves the crisis by following the advice encapsulated by his catchphrase, “When you can’t decide which to eat, have both.”
That also seems to be the philosophy behind Nissin Foods’ newest product: instant ramen with fried chicken.
Instant ramen may not be gourmet, but it’s almost always tasty. With all the literal science involved in a cup of noodles, it’s pretty hard to completely screw up the flavor, and you can generally be assured that you’ll come away with something that leaves your taste buds happy and your stomach full.
You can say a lot of the same things about fried chicken, which tastes good 99 times out of a hundred, plus has a similarly trustworthy probability of satisfying your hunger. But should you often find yourself in a quandary trying to decide between the two tempting foodstuffs, the easy answer is coming on April 6 with the release of Nissin’s Cup Noodle King Karaage.
The new item is part of the company’s popular King line of instant noodles, which contains 1.7 times more noodles than the regular size (because really, once you start adding fried chicken to instant ramen, it seems kind of contradictory to worry about the calorie count). Aside from karaage (Japanese-style fried chicken), you’ll also find scrambled egg, black pepper, and red bell pepper, and soy sauce-based broth inside the jumbo-sized cup. The whole thing is priced at just 230 yen (US$1.90), making the newest King noodle offering budget-friendly enough even for non-royalty.
And if for some reason this double punch still isn’t enough to fill you up, you can always follow it up with a bowl of French fry soba for dessert.