I had to order this Cup Noodle when I saw that Hobbylink was carrying it. The product was backordered, but I wasn't going to be in Japan any time soon, and limited editions are only available for a short time. I wanted to try this instant ramen pretty bad, way more than the Brazilian Chicken Cup Noodle and the Big Cup Noodle Mystery Meat.
When the cup of noodle arrived, I saw that it was in the customary, high quality, paper cup for Nissin. It had plain, yet very professional graphics on the side that made extensive use of white. The photo of the ramen on the top even makes it look like a deliciousl bowl of ramen. Very nice!
|Nakiryu Cup Noodle. The cup is the size of the Big Cup Noodles and the paper cup has a kind of soft foam insulation on the outside that the graphics are printed on.|
|There is the sesame and red chile pepper oil packet glued to the top of the lid. The noodles are ready in 4 minutes.|
|Closeup of the oil packet.|
Dan Dan Cup Noodle is the portable version of Nakiryu's most popular ramen noodle soup. Dan dan noodles are also a spicy noodle dish that originated from China's Szechuan province. I've never had the Japanese ramen version before, but have had the tasty Chinese versions before and they are usually zippy with sesame and chili oil and thick noodles.
|Shot of the front of the cup. You can see the Michelin award at the top right.|
|Nice shot of the outside of Nakiryu and nutritional profile. This particular ramen has 23 grams of fat, but it is a larger cup of noodle and I'm pretty sure the richness in the flavour comes from oils and fats, just like in a restaurant ramen.|
|Another shot of the front of the cup.|
|Shifting the ingredients off to the side, you can see that a thinner, fried noodle is used. Nakiryu does use a thin noodle and this is a nice sign of authenticity.|
|Information about Nakiryu on the underside of the lid.|
My first sip of the broth definitely impressed me. It was a nice rich soup with the sesame almost being a bit nutty at times. There was a nice heat from the chili oil too, but it wasn't too spicy. It was definitely one of the nicer instant noodle soup stocks that I have tasted. Very impressive. The noodles were nicely hydrated, with nice chew to them, and the thin noodles drew out the flavour of the soup that coated them with every bite. The little bits of ground meat were also very nice, but the flavourful soup and noodles ruled. This cup of noodle is a winner. They should make it a regular flavour so we can always have it. I think it would be kind of nice now to visit the actual Nakiryu restaurant, but these instant noodles will do for now.
|Closeup of the noodles and some of the meat. Not your normal Nissin cube of mystery meat.|
|Another shot of the cup outside where I ate it on a fine, sunny morning.|
|Shadow of the ramen. Burp!|
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