Way, way, way back, I had one of these packs. I bought it at a local Asian grocery and never reviewed it. That was 15 years back and it has been haunting me ever since.
It kind of reminds me of something that happened in my childhood. My mom and dad and aunt and uncle all went out to a fancy restaurant in Seattle (this was either before or after going to see E.T. the movie – yeah I said this was a while back).
I remember either within the restaurant or adjoining it, there was a candy shop and they let me get some neat stuff. I was either 7 or 8 at the time and so really excited about it. Well, it got left at ther restaurant. I didn’t realize until I got home, wanting to check out what I’d got.
Grief. Sadness. ‘Can we go back?’ was my thought. Well, at the time it was about 80 miles away, so no. To this day, I wonder what ever happened to that bag of candy. I don’t even eat candy and I wonder!
That’s the kind of feeling I had about these little Mug varieties. But no more! Crisis averted! I found this one in Taipei, Taiwan during my November 2016 trip. Let’s check out the Nissin Mug Cup Noodles!
Nissin Cup Noodles MUG Shoyu & Seafood – Japan
A large import sticker (click to enlarge).
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains seafood. To prepare, add one of the seasoning sachet to a mug. Add a noodle block and 150ml boiling water. Let steep for 2 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!
Inside the outer wrap is a cardboard tray with the product.
The bottom of the tray (click to enlarge).
One of the 4 noodle block packs.
Here’s the back of the pack (click to enlarge).
The small noodle block.
You get two each of these sachets. The panda contains the seafood flavor, the dog the shoyu (soy sauce) flavor.
As you can see, there are panda and dog fishcake in each!
Finished (click to enlarge). On the left, we have the shoyu variety. Noodles are thin and floppy. indeed they hydrate quickly. The broth has a soy sauce taste and the bits of spring onion, meat (I’m guessing pork) and the kamaboko came out pretty good. On the right, the seafood. Same noodles here and a lighter broth with a little creaminess to it. Unsure what the bits of seafood were, but those in concert with the green onion and kamaboko went well. Individually and together, I give 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902105016084.