Nissin Cup Noodle Pro vs Regular Cup Noodle
A few days ago, on April 5th, 2021, Nissin started to sell Cup Noodle’s new subline “Nissin Cup Noodle Pro”, and without delay, I bought the instant ramen at a 7 Eleven for sampling.
Nissin Cup Noodle Pro
Actually, Nissin Cup Noodle Pro is Japan’s first protein-enriched cup noodle with low calories and currently comes in only 2 flavors, the original soy sauce (Shoyu), and seafood.
But specifically, how does Cup Noodle Pro differ from regular Cup Noodle? For people who are interested in the new, unique instant ramen, today I will give an overview of specific information on the difference.
First, the contents of the Cup Noodle Pro appear to be the same as regular Cup Noodle. But the mystery meat or “Nazo Niku (謎肉)” contains higher protein than the meat cube in the regular Cup Noodle.
How to cook the Nissin Cup Noodle Pro instant noodle soup is just the same as the regular Cup Noodle; Pour boiling water into the cup, close the lid, and let the noodles steep for 3 minutes.
I didn’t find big differences in taste between the Cup Noodle Pro Soy Sauce flavor and the regular Cup Noodle Soy Sauce instant noodle. But the high protein Nazo Niku in the Cup Noodle Pro is denser and meatier.
Nutrition Facts and Calories
The Cup Noodle Pro Soy Sauce flavor has 74 grams (Noodles: 60 grams) and 274 kcal (Noodles and Garnishes: 236 kcal/ Broth: 38 kcal) per serving, while the regular Cup Noodle Soy Sauce weighs 78 grams (Noodles: 65 grams) and offers 351 kcal (Noodles and Garnishes: 327 kcal/ Broth: 24 kcal).
To make it easier to understand, I listed the comparison of nutrition facts in the table below.
|Calories||274 kcal||351 kcal|
|Protein||15.2 g||10.5 g|
|Fat||16.8 g||14.6 g|
|Carbohydrates||35.4 g||44.5 g|
|– Sugars||15.3 g||–|
|– Dietary Fibers||20.1 g||–|
|Salt Equivalents||4.8 g||4.9 g|
|Vitamin B1||0.22 mg||0.19 mg|
|Vitamin B2||0.40 mg||0.32 mg|
|Calcium||105 mg||105 mg|
Lastly, the manufacturer’s suggested retail price of Nissin Cup Noodle Pro is 206 yen (about 1.9 USD), while that of the regular Cup Noodle is 193 yen.