Nissin Cup Noodle Big Mystery Meat Festival

Have you ever heard of “Mystery Meat” in Nissin Cup Noodles?

The reason why the meat cube in the signature instant ramen of Nissin is called Mystery Meat is that the company hadn’t announced the detailed ingredients contained in the cube until 2017.

So since the original flavor of the Cup Noodle series was introduced into the market in 1971, the identity of the meat cube had been a mystery for 46 years.

But Nissin made an announcement in 2017 and unveiled what the mystery meat is. According to that official announcement, it is a freeze-dried food consisting of minced pork and vegetables.

Nissin Cup Noodle Big Nazo Niku Matsuri Instant Ramen

Nissin BIg Cup Noodle Nazo Niku Matsuri

Since 2016, Nissin has offered this Cup Noodle Big “Nazo Niku Matsuri (謎肉祭: Mystery Meat Festival)” once a year for a limited time.

This year, the product was released on September 16, so I picked it up for this blog article.

Mystery Meat Cubes

Nissin BIg Cup Noodle Nazo Niku Matsuri Mystery Meat Cubes

In the cup, there are a lot of mystery meat cubes scattered.

Nissin BIg Cup Noodle Nazo Niku Matsuri Mystery Meat

I checked how many meat cubes are contained in the cup. As you can see in the photo, there were about 40 pieces of mystery meat in the container.

Once these freeze-dried meat cubes are rehydrated, they get a distinctive tender texture and add umami to the soup.


The making of this instant ramen is the same as that of other regular Cup Noodles; First, pour boiling water into the cup, up to the line indicated inside.

Then, close the lid and let the noodles sit and cook for 3 minutes. 

Nissin BIg Cup Noodle Nazo Niku Matsuri Mystery Meat Festival

3 minutes later, remove the top paper lid and you can enjoy the festival food.


The broth has a pepper soy sauce flavor and is a little spicy. By the way, the soup base is the same as that of Nissin Cup Noodle Soy Sauce flavor.

The noodles are of usual Cup Noodles quality; thin and soft, while the mystery meat cubes feature a pleasant tender texture and have juicy umami, making this ramen a very satisfying noodle dish.

Nutrition Facts

Nissin BIg Cup Noodle Nazo Niku Matsuri Nutrition Facts

According to the nutrition facts, the Nissin Cup Noodle Big Nazo Niku Matsuri instant ramen has 499 kcal and contains 6.6 grams of salt equivalents (Noodles and Toppings: 3.2 g, Broth: 3.4 g)


Nissin BIg Cup Noodle Nazo Niku Matsuri Ingredients

Lastly, here is the ingredient list for your reference.


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. Jio says:

    i will give good suck for minced meat cup noodle ples

    • Tomo says:

      Thanks for the comment!
      Unfortunately, this year the festival came already in September. So please wait till the next year’s festival🙂

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