Noodles

New Twitter trend: High school girls posing in noodle restaurants

The Japanese noodle restaurant chain Marugame Seimen, which specializes in udon (thick wheat noodles), has started a social media marketing campaign targeted at high school-age girls, JK Udon Kawaii (“High School Girls Udon Cute”).

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Sakura season comes to the kitchen with cherry blossom-shaped pasta

Spruce up your spaghetti, sakura-style.

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La vie en ramen: our Japanese reporter slurps salty noodle soup in Paris

Our Japanese reporter eats Japanese ramen in a noodle bar in Paris – but how does it compare to his own country’s salty fare?

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Want some carbs with your carbs? Japanese noodle restaurant offering bread soba

Yakisoba bread is pretty common at Japanese bakeries, but this is the first time we’ve ever heard of bread soba.

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Noodle stall in Thailand is dishing out some mighty fine treats for your eyes and your taste buds

We’ll take whatever this guy is serving.

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Love Street Fighter and ramen? Then you’ll want to head to Shinjuku Station tonight or tomorrow!

Looking for a free meal? Then stop by Shinjuku Station and try some Hadoken ramen!

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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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Did you know your electric kettle is also an instant noodle-maker?

Cooking udon, or any other kind of fresh pasta, just got a whole lot easier.

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Chocolate ramen? Not only will we try that, we’ll be first in line! 【Taste test】

Is Tokyo restaurant’s new menu item a culinary dream come true, or do two rights make a wrong?

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Express your love this Valentine’s season…with udon noodles topped with a humongous heart!

Your significant other not big on sweets? Then these udon noodles filled with a lot of “heart” may be the perfect treat this Valentine’s Day!

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We try new yakisoba noodles with chocolate sauce (Spoiler: it’s awful)

Food manufacturer Myojo recently released a special version of their popular Ippei-chan instant yakisoba noodles that includes a chocolate sauce topping. We tried it… so you don’t have to.

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Saga Prefecture’s hidden gem of a soba restaurant offers scrumptious, full course soba meals

A soba restaurant tucked away in the mountains of Saga Prefecture is known for every one of its menu items making use of the soba (buckwheat) plant.

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Brace yourself – Chocolate-flavored instant noodles are coming to Japan!

Apparently sliced chocolate was only the beginning.

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Subliminal messages, coming soon to a bowl of Japanese noodles near you?

Japanese Twitter user finds his udon has something to say to him.

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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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Denny’s is turning Japanese with its new location, offering rice, noodles, tempura and more

While there is nothing “American diner” about Denny’s in Japan, the well-known family restaurant chain is going all-out Japanese with its new location in Tochigi Prefecture.

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Japanese stir-fried noodles a huge hit in Kenya

Yaki udon, a Japanese stir-fried noodle dish made with thick, flat wheat noodles, is a popular and much-loved staple of Japanese cuisine. Both yaki udon and yakisoba—a similar dish which uses a thinner buckwheat noodle instead—are cheap, tasty, and readily available from many street food stalls and Japanese-style pubs). So when one of our RocketNews24 Japan reporters read that not only had a yaki udon restaurant opened up in Kenya, but that it was that it was a huge hit with the locals, he just had to check it out for himself.

Read on for our Japanese reporter’s restaurant review as he travels halfway across the world for a bowl of noodles.

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My lunch Totoro – How to turn your noodles into the adorable Ghibli character

Even 27 years after its release, My Neighbor Totoro continues to resonate in the hearts of fans, so much so that it’s easy to forget that the anime classic is a mere 87 minutes long. Subtract from that all the scenes the star himself doesn’t appear in, and we’re left with far less time than we’d like with Studio Ghibli’s most beloved character.

Granted, Totoro does make a brief appearance in one of the animated shorts shown at the Ghibli Museum. But what if you don’t have a trip to Tokyo lined up anytime soon, or that particular piece of animation isn’t being shown when you do?

Then it’s time to arrange a tabletop visit from the big guy himself, by whipping up a plate of Totoro soba noodles.

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Beat the heat with Japanese somen noodles dipped in Starbucks noodle sauce?!

For many Japanese, somen is the go to food of choice for keeping the summer heat exhaustion blues away. These thin, white Japanese noodles that resemble vermicelli are traditionally made from wheat flour and served chilled.

But what do you do if a somen craving hits and you don’t have a full serving of mentsuyu, or noodle dipping sauce, on hand to eat them with? What if you’re tired or eating somen the traditional way?  Or what if you’re in need of a little caffeine kick with your meal?

If you answered mix your noodle sauce with Starbucks coffee, congratulations! We’re stumped as to how our Japanese staff arrived at this weird food combination, but apparently it tastes much better than it sounds.

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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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