What is the Mystery Meat in Nissin Cup Noodles Made From?

Have you ever eaten Nissin Cup Noodles?

The Japanese cup ramen first introduced in 1971 has been a long-time favorite in Japan and is known as the world’s first cup noodles.

Today, the Nissin’s Cup Noodle line has become popular in over 80 countries around the world and is widely enjoyed.

It is said that the manufacturer Nissin alters the ingredients in Nissin Cup Noodles in order to meet the specific preferences of people in each country.

Nazo Niku (Mystery Meat Cubes)

When it comes to the garnish of Nissin Cup Noodles, many Japanese will probably bring to mind the square meat cubes called “Nazo Niku (謎肉)”.

Nissin Cup Noodles Toppings

Since most people don’t know what ingredients are included in the meat cube, we Japanese call it “Nazo Niku (謎肉)”, which is literally translated into English as “Mystery Meat”.

Then, what is the mystery meat in Nissin Cup Noodles made from? This had been a mystery for 46 years since the first flavor “Shoyu (soy sauce)” went on the market in 1971.

By the way, in addition to the soy sauce flavor, the original curry flavor of Nissin Cup Noodles is also topped with the mystery meat cubes Nazo Niku.

The Secret Ingredients

Mystery Meat Cubes in Nissin Cup NoodlesImage: getnews.jp

In 2016, in commemoration of the Cup Noodle series’ 45th anniversary, Nissin released the Nissin Cup Noodle Big instant ramen shown above, featuring the mystery meat cubes increased by 45 times as compared to the regular soy sauce flavor.

Subsequently, on September 13, 2017, Nissin unveiled the secret ingredient of the mystery meat cube “Nazo Niku (謎肉)” for the first time, which became a topic of conversation in Japan. According to that,

The company says that the mystery meat Nazo Niku in Nissin Cup Noodles is a freeze-dried food consisting of minced pork and vegetables.


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.

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