Cup Noodles

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Different flavors are available under the Cup Noodle (Japanese) brand.

Cup Noodles is a brand of instant ramen noodle snack manufactured by Nissin, packaged in a foam food container, hard plastic or paper cup. Other brand names are used in specific countries, such as Cup Noodle in Japan.


Instant noodles were invented in 1958 by Momofuku Ando, the Taiwanese-born founder of the Japanese food company Nissin. He used Chikin Ramen (Chicken Ramen) as the first instant ramen noodles.

In 1970, Nissin formed the subsidiary Nissin Foods (USA) Co. Inc, to sell instant noodles in the United States. Nissin recognized that the bowls traditionally used to package instant noodles in Asia were not common in the U.S, so they used the paper cup.

In 1971, they introduced instant ramen packaged in a foam cup. Originally, the product was known as Cup O' Noodles in the United States.

In 1978, Nissin Foods offers new Top Ramen and Cup Noodes(Cup O' Noodles renamed Cup Noodles in 1993) variaties, pioneering new paths in the rapidly growing instant ramen noodle category.

In 1998, Cup Noodles Hot Sauce Varieties introduced (Beef, Chicken, Shrimp)[1]

Today, instant noodles in Japan are often sold in foam bowls, sometimes with plastic utensils. Foam bowls are inexpensive, disposable, light, and easy to hold, since they insulate heat well.


Different flavors are available in other parts of the world, such as tom yum in Thailand, curry in Japan, crab in Hong Kong, Bolognese sauce in Brazil.[2]


Cup Noodles

  • Queijo (Cheese)
  • Galinha Caipira (Hearty Chicken)
  • Camarão (Shrimp)
  • Carne (Beef)
  • Legumes (Vegetables)
  • Frango com Requeijão (Chicken & Cream Cheese)
  • Bolonhesa (Bolognese sauce)
  • Costela com Molho de Churrasco (Ribs with Barbecue Sauce)

Hong Kong[edit]

Variety flavours of cup noodles sold in Hong Kong.

合味道 (Hàhpmèihdòuh)

  • 什錦 (Assorted Pork)
  • 雞肉 (Chicken)
  • 蟹柳 (Crab)
  • 冬菇雞肉 (Chicken Mushroom)
  • 五香牛肉 (Five-spice Beef)
  • 香辣海鮮 (Spicy Seafood)
  • 海鮮 (Seafood)
  • 咖喱海鮮 (Seafood Curry)
  • 牛奶海鮮 (Milk Seafood)
  • 香辣牛肉 (Spicy Beef)
  • (Shrimp)
  • XO醬海鮮 (XO Seafood)


合味道 (Héwèidào / Hàhpmèihdòuh, Guangdong)

  • 五香牛肉味 (Beef)
  • 海鲜味 (Seafood)
  • 西红柿 (Tomato)
  • 香浓叉烧味 (Char siu Pork)
  • 虾仁原味味 (Shrimp Original)
  • 香辣海鲜味 (Spicy Seafood)

开杯乐 (Kāibēilè, Shanghai)

  • 五香牛肉面 (Beef)
  • 海鲜面 (Seafood)
  • 意大利牛肉面 (Spicy Beef)
  • 香辣牛肉面 (Beef Curry)
  • 虾仁原味面 (Shrimp Original)
  • 香浓叉烧面 (Char siu Pork)
  • 咖喱牛肉面 (Beef Curry)


Cup Noodles

  • Kana (Chicken)
  • Nauta (Beef)


German Cup Nudeln (Spicy flavor), old packaging

Cup Noodles

  • Huhn (Chicken)
  • Rind (Beef)
  • Shrimps
  • Curry
  • Spicy
  • Champignons (Mushrooms)
  • Tomate (Tomato)


Cup Noodles

  • Spicy Vegetable
  • Tangy Chicken
  • Mast Masala
  • Paanipuri
  • Tangy Tomato
  • Manchurian


Cup Noodles

  • Rasa Ayam (Chicken)
  • Rasa Udang (Shrimp)
  • Rasa Daging Sapi (Beef)
  • Mee Goreng (Fried Noodles)


Pictured from upper left to lower right. Seafood, Plain and Curry.

Cup Noodle (カップヌードル Kappu Nūdoru?)

  • Plain (Soy Sauce with Pork & Shrimp)
  • Seafood
  • Milk Seafood
  • Curry
  • Chilli Tomato
  • European Cheese Curry (欧風チーズカレー?)
  • Kimchi
  • Salt
  • Miso
  • Creamy Chicken
  • Hot Caribbean Seafood (辛口カリビアンシーフード?)
  • Bacon Soy Sauce (ベーコン旨タレ醤油?)
  • Cream Sauce
  • Brazilian Chicken
  • Fried Rice

In the Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum, Ikeda, Osaka, a visitor can mix his own flavor by choosing ingredients and a soup.[3] Nissin has a similar exhibit at the Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum in Yokohama.

Malaysia & Singapore[edit]

Nissin Cup Noodles or Myojo Cup Noodles

  • Chicken
  • Chicken Abalone (available only in bowl)
  • Chicken Curry
  • Cream of Chicken (available only in cup)
  • Laksa (available only in cup)
  • Mee Soto Ayam (available only in bowl)
  • Seafood
  • Thai Tom Yam
  • Lor Mee (available only in bowl)
  • Seafood
  • Spicy Seafood
  • Chicken Mushroom
  • Chilli Crab


Cup Noodles

  • Chicken
  • Tapatio
  • Beef
  • Crab
  • Pork
  • Shrimp
  • Shrimp & Lemon
  • Shrimp Picante
  • Tlalpeño (Chicken Vegetable Soup)
  • Mariscos (Seafood)
  • Tomato
  • Hot Sauce Chicken
  • Hot Sauce Shrimp
  • Hot Sauce Beef
  • "Japanese noodles" (Ramen)


Cup Noodles

  • Beef
  • Seafood
  • Chicken
  • Spicy Seafood
  • Batchoy (Pork Soup)
  • Bulalo (Beef Marrow)
  • Sotanghon Chicken
  • Sotanghon Seafood

South Korea[edit]

Cup Noodle (컵라면|Kupramyeon)


คัพนูดเดิล (Kap Nutdoen, Cup Noodles)

  • Tom Yam Goong (Prawn Soup)
  • Minced pork
  • Seafood
  • Spicy duck
  • Garlic Pork Chicken
  • Tom Yam Minced Pork
  • Mushroom Jey (Mushroom & Vegetables)
  • Tom Yam Chicken
  • Tom Yam Jey (Vegetable Soup)
  • Tom Yam Goong Creamy

Cup Noodles (for export)

  • Prawn
  • Chicken
  • Mushroom Chicken
  • Seafood
  • Spicy Seafood
  • Tom Yam Seafood
  • Curry Seafood
  • Chilli Crab
  • Tom Yam Veg
  • Laksa
  • Sour Chicken

United States[edit]

Cup Noodles[4]

  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Shrimp
  • Chicken Vegetable
  • Creamy Chicken
  • Hearty Chicken
  • Shrimp Picante Style
  • Spicy Chile Chicken
  • Salsa Picante Chicken
  • Salsa Picante Shrimp

In popular culture[edit]

From 1996 to 2006, a 60-foot (18 m) Nissin Cup Noodle sign was installed in Times Square, New York City. It was located prominently near the top of the One Times Square building, the location of the Times Square Ball drop on New Year's Eve. The sign was the most recent example in a tradition of steaming signs in Times Square, which started with an A&P 8 O'Clock Coffee cup in 1933.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Nissin | History
  2. ^ Japanese Cup Noodle official website has the section "The Cupnoodle in the world" under the "Library", which lists Cup Noodles flavors all over the world.
  3. ^[dead link]
  4. ^ "Nissin | Cup Noodles". Nissin Foods. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  5. ^ New York Architecture Images- Midtown- times square short history 1

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