Nissin Cup Noodle Rich Fukahire Shark Fin Ramen
Following the Suppon turtle soup flavor that I introduced the other day, another limited-time instant ramen was released from Nissin’s Cup Noodle Rich line on September 30.
Cup Noodle Rich Fukahire Soup Flavor Instant Ramen
As it name suggests, the “Cup Noodle Rich” series is the luxurious version of regular Nissin Cup Noodles, and this Rich instant ramen beautifully recreates the flavor of “Fukahire Soup (フカヒレスープ)”.
What is Fukahire Soup?
“Fukahire (フカヒレ)” is the Japanese word for “shark fin”, as Fukahire soup is referred to as shark fin soup in English. As you know, the soup is originally a traditional Chinese dish.
The broth of Fukahire soup is chicken-based with a thick consistency. The gelatinous shark fins in the soup are almost tasteless but are enjoyed for their texture like a cross between chewy and crunchy.
Fukahire soup is an expensive dish in Japan because shark fins are rare and sold at high prices in the market.
For that reason, the garnish of this cup ramen doesn’t include real shark fins. Instead, processed gelatin is used as a replacement for Fukahire.
By the way, other toppings consist of bok choy, cloud ear mushrooms, seasoned eggs, and Chinese wolfberry fruit.
The black sachet attached to the top lid contains special oyster flavoring oil, which is added to the cup as a finishing touch after the noodles are cooked.
The cooking of this cup ramen isn’t that complicated.
First, peel back the paper lid about halfway and pour boiling water until it reaches the line indicated inside the cup. Then close the lid and let the noodles steep for 3 minutes.
3 minutes later, remove the paper lid and add the contents of the black sachet. Lastly, stir all the ingredients well, and you can enjoy the Fukahire soup ramen.
As for the taste, the broth is flavorful and umami-rich with the pleasant fragrance of oyster sauce. It has a thick consistency like an actual Fukahire soup.
The wheat noodles are average in quality as usual, but as a whole, this Fukahire ramen is very satisfying for the price of 240 yen (about 2.4 USD).
Lastly, for those who are curious about the ingredients, here is the label.
According to that, the soup base of this cup ramen consists of lard, chicken seasoning, starch, pork seasoning, sugars, collagen peptide, oyster sauce, seafood seasoning, powdered soy sauce, wheat flour, gelatin, protein hydrolyzate, chicken oil, spices, and flavoring.