Saturday, February 4, 2017

Cup Noodle Fun With Pokemon and One Piece

Pokemon Cup Noodles
Pokemon cup noodles have been around for a long time.  I first saw these back in 2009 on my first trip to Japan.  The Pokemon Centers there usually have these in stock and you can also check the various supermarkets.  They're like half-size cup noodles as they are really intended for kids, but they taste pretty good for all ages.  They usually come in a soy flavour and a seafood flavour too.

Smiling Pikachu
Very colorful lid with some pokemon and a preview of the noodles inside.
Ingredients and nutritional information.  There is about 4.8 grams of fat, so where as a full noodle cup is usually in the teens.  There is always a fair bit of salt too, but that isn't something I worry about too much.
The flavouring powder is loose in the cup and the other noodle ingredients are below the block of noodles.
Cat for scale.  These noodles usually come with a little Pokemon sticker too.
After adding the boiling water and waiting for 3 minutes you get tasty noodles with green onion and some pikachu naruto (dried fish cake).  The little pikachus are the a great touch to the noodles.

One Piece Cup Noodle
These One Piece noodles are a limited edition cup noodle and once they're sold, they're gone.  By the time you read this they're sold out.  Various noodle manufacturers have different types of tie-ins with various anime or games all the time, so if you don't see One Piece, you'll usually see something else.  For example, right now as of February 2016 there is a Final Fantasy Bosses Cup Noodle promotion going on where there are like a dozen different noodle cups with different boss monsters on them.  There is also a Girls Und Panzer Cup Noodle from Nissin which I cannot get as it is sold in Japan only, and I think you have to order it from Nissin by the dozen.

One Piece continues to be a very popular anime over there and this noodle ties in with the Gold movie.  While the noodle doesn't contain gum gum fruit, which you can actually buy in the Shonen Jump stores, the noodles are a soy BBQ meat flavour.
The cup and lid are very attractive with a colourful graphic of the main characters.  This is a regular size cup noodle.
Nice looking lid.
Nutritional and ingredients information.  The little graphic show a ramen cart.
Closeup of the characters.
So here is a closeup of the noodles.  It contains little slices of BBQ meat with some meat cubes, green onion, and egg.
After adding the boiling water, closing the lid, and waiting for the eternity of 3 minutes, the noodles are ready to eat.
You get plenty of toppings with the noodles and the broth was pretty good.  I don't think anything really stood out, but it is pretty good for a tie-in.  Unlike the Pokemon noodles which have some character branding in the food elements, the only branding is on the cup.

That's pretty much it for the two character branded cup noodles for now.  There are plenty of other noodle reviews below.

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