Instant Gyudon Beef Bowl from Nissin’s Cup Noodle Line
A product that hadn’t been around until now, instant cup “Gyudon (牛丼: beef bowl)” is now on sale at convenience stores in Japan. The instant beef bowl was created by Nissin and came out from its Cup Noodle line on December 7th.
Nissin Cup Noodle Mystery Meat Gyudon Beef Bowl
I stumbled upon this cup Gyudon at my go-to 7 Eleven yesterday and tried it out just now. So today, let me give an overview of this product. First of all, the manufacturer’s suggested retail price is 277 yen (about 2.7 USD).
This instant beef bowl comes with a special “Tsuyu (つゆ)” seasoning sauce and the orange sachet for it is attached to the lid. In the cup, processed onion bits and lots of “Nazo Niku (謎肉: Mystery Meat)“, which are actually seasoned beef mince cubes, are mixed in with dried rice grains.
As with Nissin Cup Noodle instant ramen, the cooking of this cup Gyudon is simple and easy; First, remove the orange flavor sachet and peel back the paper lid until it reaches the dotted line on the surface.
Then, pour in boiling water up to the line indicated inside the cup, close the lid, and wait for 5 minutes. 5 minutes later, add in the special Tsuyu sauce, stir all the ingredients well with chopsticks or a spoon, and you can enjoy it.
The rice that’s soaked up the water and special Tsuyu sauce is soft and has too much moisture like a real Gyudon. The taste is soy sauce-based, but more on the sweet side rather than salty, umami-rich, and is quite close to that of an actual beef bowl.
The main ingredient, the mystery meat cubes have a distinctive texture and are juicy and tasty like meatballs. This instant Gyudon beef bowl is most likely a limited-time offer but I think it is definitely a worth-a-try item.