5 Top-Selling Instant Cup Noodles in Japan

Cup ramen is one of the foods that represent Japan. In the past 10 years, Japanese ramen has widely spread around the world and become popular. Considering the fact, instant noodles may be the stuff that ramen addicts in the world can’t do without.

I love instant cup noodles too. Especially, I tend to try out newly released instant ramen because I’m fond of new things. I usually stock up on several kinds of instant noodles in my room, which ranges from newly released cup ramen to standard instant yakisoba noodles.

5 Best-Selling Instant Cup Noodles in Japan

Japanese instant cup noodles I stock up on in my room

If you too love instant cup noodles and are interested in Japanese ones, there are a number of standard products you should try in the first place, which is listed below. All of the following 5 items are best-sellers, so have a large market share in Japan. If you are a Japanese cup ramen beginner, I will recommend trying them first.

Nissin Cup Noodle Soy Sauce Flavor

Nissin Cup Noodle Soy Sauce Flavor Instant Noodles

First off, known as the world’s first cup ramen, Nissin Cup Noodle Soy Sauce (Shoyu) Flavor boasts the number one market share in Japan. The repeat-purchase percentage of this cup ramen is high, about 40 percent. This instant noodle soup features a simple but addicting soy sauce flavor that you will probably never get tired of.

Maruchan Akai Kitsune Instant Udon

Maruchan Akai Kitsune Udon

The instant udon bowl, Maruchan Akai Kitsuke ranks second in the market share of instant cup noodles in Japan. The repeat-purchase percentage of this instant noodle soup is also very high, about 42%. When Japanese people think of instant udon noodles, many will bring this one to mind. Maruchan Akai Kitsune has a soy sauce-based dashi-rich broth and is especially characterized by its large topping, “Aburaage (油揚げ)” deep-fried tofu.

Nissin Cup Noodle Seafood Flavor

Nissin Cup Noodle Seafood Flavor

Nissin Cup Noodle Seafood ranks third in the market share of instant cup noodles in Japan. This instant ramen is made up of thin soft noodles, light yet umami-rich seafood broth, and various garnishes including fish paste, cabbage, seasoned egg bits, squid, and green onions. Because of its good-old flavor, this cup ramen has long been loved by people of all generations.

Maruchan Midori no Tanuki Instant Soba

Maruchan Midori no Tanuki Soba with Tempura

The instant soba bowl, Maruchan Midori no Tanuki ranks fourth in the market share of instant cup noodles in Japan. This cup soba has a soy sauce-based dashi-rich broth and is especially characterized by its large Tempura topping. Maruchan Midori no Tanuki is the best-selling and most beloved instant soba noodle soup in Japan and never lets buckwheat noodle lovers down.

Myojo Ippeichan Instant Yakisoba

Myojo Ippeichan Instant Yakisoba Noodles

The instant yakisoba cup, Myojo Ippeichan Yomise no Yakisoba is one of the best and most loved instant yakisoba noodles, which ranks 12th in the market share of instant cup noodles in Japan. This instant yakisoba comes with a packet of mustard mayonnaise, which gives the noodles a little bit of spicy kick, making them more appetizing and addictive.

Tomo

Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

2 Responses

  1. Pascal says:

    Hello.

    Im so Happy I found this page! Thank you so much.
    Im very interested in Japan for years and always wanted to know, what products the “average” Japanese buys, to buy them too. 😉
    Your page gives me several new ideas for food to try when travelling to Japan again!! (This August to Osaka :D)
    頑張って下さい!

    Greetings fron Germany
    Pascal

    • Thank you very much for your comment!
      コメント本当にありがとうございます!
      I got motivated to write more information about Japan!

      I’m so pleased to hear you say that you are very interested in Japan for years!
      And that is great to travel to Osaka!
      There are a lot of delicious foods such as ‘Takoyaki’ and ‘Okonomiyaki in Osaka.
      Besides It takes only one hour to go to Kyoto from Osaka by a local train.

      I hope you will have a nice trip and good encounters!

      Thank you and take care
      Tomo

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