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
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
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
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 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
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
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.