New Cup Noodle Combines Ramen and Matcha
Other than being two of Japan’s trendiest culinary imports, what do ramen and matcha have in common? They can both be made in the microwave in a pinch. So it was only a matter of time before the instant noodle empire Nissin combined the two ingredients into one convenient Cup Noodle.
As RocketNews24 reports, the brand-new Cup Noodle Matcha will start selling for 180 yen ($1.55) on January 23. The matcha, a fine green tea powder usually reserved for sweet drinks and desserts, is incorporated into both the noodles and the broth. The product blends the tea with a seafood flavor profile: Eaters will find squid, egg, green onion, carrot, and cabbage inside.
Squid and matcha-flavored instant ramen may seem odd to American palettes, but unconventional Cup Noodle varieties are fairly common in Japan. Cheese curry, taco, and soft-shell turtle are a few of the flavors Cup Noodle has experimented with in the past.