[Vol.4 Cup Noodles] KABUTO NOODLES

Cup noodles Japanese Tasting Team itsu KABUTO NOODLES

Cup noodles The Japanese Tasting Team

With the boom in Japanese food in the UK, there are loads of Japanese-style food products hitting the shelves of your supermarkets. From a Japanese perspective some of them are just like wtf were they thinking??!? While are more yummmmm! In this column, our intrepid team of Japanese food tasters will give you their unvarnished opinions.

To start us off, we decided to look at that well-known gourmet delicacy, noodles in a cup. Famously invented in Japan by Ando Momofuku, the founder of Nissin Foods. We grabbed a few different cup noodles we found at the supermarket, and opted for chicken flavour for our tasting comparison. The favourite British brand, Pot Noodles, was rejected by our all-Japanese tasting panel, simply because they are disgusting. But we decided to add Japanese brand Cup Noodles to the test because the ones you can get here are manufactured outside Japan. So, how convinced was our panel?

So, how convinced was our panel?

And bringing up the rear is “KABUTO NOODLES”.

Cup noodles Japanese Tasting Team itsu KABUTO NOODLES

85g 320kcal £2.00
Packed in the UK


Cup noodles Japanese Tasting Team itsu KABUTO NOODLES

The noodles look good, but in the mouth they are hard and tasteless. It’s supposed to be chicken but tastes more like some kind of herbal medicine hotpot? Or maybe something Vietnamese, thanks to all the ginger and coriander. Either way, the flavour is hard to identify. So if you were expecting chicken, you may be disappointed.

The company’s website stresses their environmental credentials: no additives and preservatives, and no plastics in the packaging.


Our Ranking

No.1 Bang! Bang! Noodles
No.3 itsu