“Chilli Crab Seafood Noodle” — Nissin’s new Cup Noodle with a Singaporean twist

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If you’ve ever visited Singapore, you’ll know that the country has an incredible range of culinary delights to offer. And if you enjoy seafood in particular, one of the county’s numerous signature dishes you’ll definitely want to try when you’re there is the savory Chilli Crab. So when we heard that Nissin was going to come out with a new cup noodle in Chilli Crab flavor, well, we just knew that it was time for another RocketNews24 taste test! So, how did the famous seafood dish taste as a cup of instant noodles?

For those of you unfamiliar with Singaporean Chilli Crab, it’s basically crab stir-fried in a tasty tomato and chilli sauce. Although chilli is used, the sauce is not spicy, but rather mild and sweet.

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This is actually the second cup noodle product Nissin has released in the flavor of an internationally popular dish, the first being the Massaman curry flavor they sold in November last year. The new Chilli Crab noodle, which came out last week, is based on their long-selling Seafood Cup Noodle with its pork and seafood based soup, to which they’ve added some crab flavoring. It also comes with a separate package of chilli crab paste which is supposed to add a bit of spice and enhance the crab flavor. But enough of the explanations, let’s move on to the taste test, shall we?

▼The Chilli Crab Seafood Cup Noodles that we’ve been waiting eagerly to taste — it comes in a 97 g (3.4 oz) “BIG” size that’s slightly larger than the regular 74 g (2.6 oz) size, at a price of 205 yen (US$1.74). P1120684

▼Here’s the Chilli Crab Paste that came attached.P1120687

▼The package design with the large crab claws certainly looks appetizing!
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▼And the packaging on the top gives us a glimpse of what the noodles look like.P1120697

▼We open the package … P1120709

▼… and it looks basically like their regular Seafood Cup Noodle inside, with dried crab flavored fishcakes, eggs, leeks and red pepper. P1120712

▼Of course, we have to pour in the hot water and wait three minutes.P1120715

▼We warm the Chilli Crab Paste on top of the cup while we’re waiting …P1120716

▼… and finally, we can have the noodles!P1120719

▼But wait, we have to add the Chilli Crab Paste first.P1120722

▼We stir the soup and ingredients well…
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▼… and it’s time to chow down!P1120728

And how were the Chilli Crab noodles? To be honest, we thought they actually tasted quite a lot like the regular seafood noodles, except for being slightly spicier due to the Chilli Crab Sauce — they didn’t quite have the sweet flavor of Singaporean Chilli Crab. That said, though, the noodles were tasty enough as a spicier version of the seafood noodles we’re used to with its creamy soup, and quite filling too, due to its large size.

So, although we didn’t think it tasted that much like chilli crab, it’s not a bad deal at all for an instant meal/snack that costs just under $2.

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Denny’s Japan to launch microwaveable version of its 40th anniversary jambalaya dish

 

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You know how you sometimes sit at home watching TV and find yourself thinking, “Man, I wish I could eat a Denny’s meal right now. But, like, from a cup…”? Neither have we, but apparently that product is a real thing and is coming to stores in Japan very soon.

That’s right folks, with the help of Cup Noodle (and Cup Curry Rice) maker Nissin, Denny’s Japan will launch its 40th anniversary rice dish Denny’s Jambalaya in cup form on June 24.

The mini meal will cost 224 yen (US$2.20) and will be available to buy from 7-Eleven convenience stores, affiliated supermarkets, and, surprisingly, Denny’s restaurants themselves.

We’ve tried the real thing and can confirm that it is indeed tasty, but we’re approaching this microwaveable version with a degree of trepidation. Rest assured, though, that we’ll run a full taste just as soon as the product hits the shelves and let you know how well (or badly) the transition from restaurant food to heat-at-home snack goes.

 

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Denny’s Japan to launch microwaveable version of its 40th anniversary jambalaya dish

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Cup Noodle commercial reveals that the samurai still exist, love idol music

According to a new, tongue-in-cheek commercial from Cup Noodle, the Japanese instant ramen manufacturer, the samurai never actually disappeared. Instead, they just changed a little bit…into idol otaku fans?!

The commercial, presented as an English documentary about contemporary samurai in Japan, pokes fun at how Japan is viewed abroad.

The video boasts the talents of a number of Japanese actors, including stuntman/actor Seizō Fukumoto, better known as “the man who has been cut down over 50,000 times” due to his extensive death scenes in period dramas, and Tatsuro Koike, who appeared in The Last Samurai. The dancing otaku scenes featured popular Japanese comedians like Keitan and Boto, while the idols were portrayed by DenpaGumi.inc.

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Mr. Cup Noodle forced to shovel snow in front of his own museum in Yokohama

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As you may know, Japan, specifically the Kanto Region, has been hit by the largest snowstorm in over a decade. Netizens in the area haven’t been shy about sharing the wonderfully bizarre and beautiful sights the several inches of snow has brought, but there’s one photo in particular that has us tickled.

Showing Mr. Cup Noodle himself shoveling snow on one of the whitest days in Yokohama, this picture has been making the rounds on the Internet and delighting those who aren’t quite used to this much of the cold stuff.

The photo above, was tweeted less than 24 hours ago and has already been retweeted nearly 20,000 times. It seems the Cup Noodle Museum in Yokohama stayed open despite the inclement weather. Of course, they couldn’t have patrons slipping and sliding all over the walkways, so the museum sent out the best person for the job: Mr. Cup Noodle himself.

▼ He’s not doing a very good job…
But we suppose we can’t be too hard on him, he doesn’t even have eyes.
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We’re hoping they put a heater inside his suit…or maybe it was hot water for a more authentic touch. Stay warm, Mr. Cup Noodle!

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Mr. Cup Noodle forced to shovel snow in front of his own museum in Yokohama

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Japan’s Instant Noodle Museum

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In Japan? Go check out Yokohama’s Instant Ramen Museum.Yes, there is an entire museum dedicated to the cup of noodles we all know and, whether we’re willing to admit it or not, love.

The museum celebrates the 40 years since the product was created, displaying the history of the noodle–from its invention to its cultural influence worldwide. There are giant instant noodle play areas as well as a create-your-own instant noodle recipe program using thousands of combinations from the My Cup Noodle Factory. Even just reading about the museum makes our mouths water for some Ramen.

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Japan’s Instant Noodle Museum

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