Instant Ramen

Does adding sake to your instant ramen make it taste better? We try Japan’s latest food trend

Brilliant noodle upgrade, or waste of perfectly good rice wine?

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Japan’s handsome anime ramen idols are back again to give you their hot, flavorful noodles【Vid】

Female characters also join ramen/cooking promotion for first time.

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Suggestively spicy series stars swimsuit models, dancers, and anime voice actress.

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Cup Noodle introduces their 45th anniversary character,  Cup Noodle the Great

Because it’s not enough to have reconstituted mystery meat products; you need mysterious mascots as well.

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Anime girls will keep you company as you eat your instant ramen with new AR promotion

So cute you could slurp them right up?

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Cup Noodle Mystery Meat Festival sales suspended due to overwhelming demand

Generally mystery meat is something to be avoided, unless you’re talking about Cup Noodle brand mystery meat.

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Epic ad for instant ramen noodles shows all the great Japanese trends from the past year

Test your knowledge of Japanese trends by spotting the “buzz points” in this action-packed commercial.

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Inventor of instant ramen noodles appears as Japanese samurai in awesome new animated rap video

The beautiful animated visuals and rap soundtrack make it easy to learn Japanese and discover the history of instant noodles at the same time.

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Blurring the bravery/stupidity line by taste-testing 16-year-old instant ramen 【Video】

And not just any 16-year-old ramen, but 16-year old ramen that was supposed to have been recalled.

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World’s only Michelin-starred ramen is getting an instant noodle convenience store version

Famous Tokyo restaurant teams up with Circle K and Sunkus chains.

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Cup Noodle to release “Luxury Shark Fin” and “Softshell Turtle” flavors

Nissin, the maker of Cup Noodle, is about to unroll a pair of “Luxury” flavors of instant ramen. And one of them is “shark fin”…

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Sweating, snuggling models and voice actresses steam up series of spicy ramen ads 【Videos】

Dialogue, including “Master, would it be all right if I put you into my mouth?”, is just as sultry as the visuals.

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Announcing the winners of the RocketNews24 Pikachu ramen giveaway contest!

After reading through a mountainous pile of entries, we’re ready to announce the four lucky instant noodle/Pokémon fans who’ve won some Pikachu ramen. Are you one of them? Read on to find out!

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Boston clam chowder-flavored instant ramen docks in Japan

The Pacific Rim meets the Atlantic seaboard in Japan’s newest flavor of instant ramen.

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We’re giving away Pikachu ramen in the RocketNews24 reader contest!

Want to get your hands on some genuine, Japan-only Pikachu ramen? Read on to find out how you can in our RocketNews24 reader giveaway!

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Artist Rumiko Takahashi’s popular characters Ranma and Lum have now become… instant ramen!

Fans of manga artist Rumiko Takahashi will be happy to know that a slightly unexpected new product featuring her work will soon be hitting stores—instant ramen!

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We try Cup Noodle Ice Cream, filled with shrimp, meat, eggs, chives, and madness 【Taste test】

A few days ago, we heard that Nissin, maker of Cup Noodle, was now selling ice cream topped with meat, chives, and all the other fixings that are found in instant ramen at the Cup Noodles Museum. One of my coworkers, who lives not far from the Osaka Cup Noodles Museum, bravely volunteered to try it out, and I was all set to let him be our guinea pig, since I’ve already taken one for the RocketNews24 team as far as strange desserts go.

But as it turns out, the Cup Noodle Ice Cream is available exclusively at the second Cup Noodle Museum in Yokohama. Hey, wait a second! That’s where I live!

Uh oh…

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All our culinary dreams come true with gyoza-flavoured cup ramen

When it comes to ramen, nothing goes better than a side serving of gyoza (dumplings) washed down with a beer. Now our culinary dreams are about to come true with the release of gyoza-flavoured cup noodle ramen.

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Actor transforms into horses, eats himself in new ad-Can you think of a better way to sell ramen?

When I was first exposed to Japanese commercials, it seemed like every one of them was off-the-rails insane. Filled with breathless rapid-fire speech punctuated by seemingly pointless pauses for some unknown dramatic or comedic effect, each ad seemed to be end as soon as it began, often giving little, if any, mention of its product.

Things seem to have calmed down considerably in recent years, though, with a trend towards a bit more restraint and comprehensibility, under the solid logic that if the audience is left paralyzed from their minds snapping as they try to process what they just saw, they won’t be able to go to the store and buy your products.

Still, every once in a while, a marketing team decides to just go for broke and tries to raise the bar for commercial craziness, and this new Cup Noodle ad, featuring one of Japan’s most popular actors, is about as weird as they come…and that’s before the horses with human faces and ramen on their heads show up.

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Anime store cancels plans to sell Love Live! noodles at midnight because of “safety” concerns

Idol anime Love Live! and instant noodles? We’re not sure if that’s exactly a match made in heaven, but we imagine there are plenty of fans ready to get their hands on these instant noodles, especially since snagging a box of the instant noodles gets you a limited edition clear file!

So, sensing that they were going to have a hit on their hands, the Akihabara branch of anime and manga merchandise store Animate initially decided to offer their truckload of instant noodles at the stroke of midnight. They were drumming up buzz on Twitter…until there was a last-minute change of plans!

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