Thursday, June 13, 2019

Nissin Spice Curry Chicken Cup Noodle Review

Nissin released a limited edition set of cup noodle and U.F.O. brand noodles in late 2018 early 2019 under a SPICE CURRY campaign. This was to coincide with a curry day event in Osaka in January of 2019.  While Nissin already produces a Curry Cup Noodle and has variants of it, these limited editions have more intense spice to them and capture the essence of curry in its Indian roots.  I like a good curry so I was pretty hyped on trying these out.  Last year, I also reviewed another limited edition Keema Curry Cup Noodle from Nissin
3/4 view of the Nissin Spice Curry cup.
Nissin outdid themselves when they designed the packaging for this cup noodle.  Nissin Spice Curry Chicken Cup Noodle has one of the most attractive designs I have seen to date.  The design evokes a rustic nostalgia with a vivid background of spices on a heavily textured wooden table top.  It is colourful and the big SPICE CURRY letters stand out nicely from the background.  The emphasis here is on the curry and not the noodles as just a bowl of curry sauce is shown.
Lid of the curry cup with the extra spice packet.

The lid with the spice packet removed.  IT shows a rough wooden tagle top with peppercorns scattered about and big bowls of spices around the edge.  I like the fact that some curry leaves are even shown in the bowl of peppercorns at the bottom right.
Another 3/4 view without the spice packet.
The front of the cup.  SPICE CURRY in big yellow letters above a bowl of curry on the bottom right that has all kinds of veggies and chicken cubes.  Looks like a tasty dish.  How many of the herbs can you recognize.  It think there is nutmeg, peppercorns, chili peppers, cilantro, tomato, star anise, curry leaves, cumin, etc.
Warnings and nutritional information.  Not exactly low fat at 17.6 grams, but it should a a tasty 17.6 grams.  There is the usual warning in red to not microwave the cup, etc.
Manufacturers information and ingredients at the bottom right.
Peeling back the lid reveals lots of ingredients inside.

Closeup of the ingredients.  You can see dehydrated tomato, green onion, curry roux powder, freeze dried chicken.
This curry is a little reminiscent of Nissin's Tomato Chili cup noodle, but it is so much more too.
I added boiling water to the fill line, closed the lid, and waited for 3 minutes for everything to rehydrate.
This is one tasty cup of noodles.  Peeling back the lid let out a waft of rich curry smells.  The scent of spices filled the air and it definitely boded well for this cup.  You could see all of the great stuff in the cup and know it would be good. I gave the soup a good stir as the curry roux can sludge up as it is thick.  Like in the Chili Tomato, the dried tomatoes kind of dissolve into the soup when it is mixed.  I took a sip of the soup and it was definitely a more aromatic and richly spiced (not just heat) curry than their regular offerings.  The spice table on the decorating the outside of the cup was well represented.  The noodles were their standard noodle, maybe a little thicker, but had a nice firmness and chew.  The little blocks of ground chicken were good to and it is always nice to have toppings on your ramen.
The noodles and well stirred soup.

Nice rich looking curry soup.
I then added the spice packet which kind of reminded me of Japanese pepper (sansho) spice mix.
Closeup of the spice packet.
Adding in the spice jazzed the soup up some more and it was a welcome kick to the soup.  I quite enjoyed this cup of curry noodles!  Highly recommended!
Closeup of noodles and a block of chicken.


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