Instant Gyudon Beef Bowl from Nissin’s Cup Noodle Line

A product that hadn’t been around until now, instant 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, 2020.

Nissin Cup Noodle Instant Gyudon Mystery Meat Beef Bowl

Nissin Cup Noodle Mystery Meat Instant Gyudon Beef Bowl

I came across 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 Gyudon comes with a special Tsuyu (つゆ) seasoning sauce, and the orange sachet for it is attached to the lid.

There are bits of processed onion and lots of Nazo Niku (謎肉: Mystery Meat) in the cup mixed with dried rice grains.


As with regular Nissin Cup Noodle instant ramen, the cooking of this Gyudon beef bowl 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 boiling water up to the line indicated inside the cup, close the lid, and wait for 5 minutes.

Five minutes later, add in the special Tsuyu sauce. After stirring well with chopsticks or a spoon, you can enjoy the dish.


Instant Gyudon Beef Bowl from Nissin Cup Noodle

The rice that has soaked up the water and special Tsuyu sauce is soft and soggy like a real Gyudon.

The taste is soy sauce-based but more on the sweet side than salty. It is umami-rich and is quite close to that of an actual beef bowl.

Nissin Cup Noodle Mystery Meat Gyudon Beef Bowl

The main ingredient of the mystery meat cubes with a distinctive texture is juicy, like tasty meatballs. 

This instant Gyudon is most likely a limited-time offer, but I think it is definitely a worth-a-try item for you.


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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