The Cup Noodle Industrial Complex

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  1. nivek

    nivek As Above So Below

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    I had no idea this was so huge a market lol...

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    The Cup Noodle Industrial Complex

    In Japan, you can eat a different flavor of instant noodles every day of the year.

    Under the bright, fluorescent lights of my local Family Mart (a convenience store with 1,600 locations throughout Japan), I gaze upon rows and rows of instant noodles, ramen, soba, udon, and even yakisoba sold in shrink-wrapped disposable cups with peel-off paper lids. Packages with high-contrast graphics, boasting names of famous ramen shops, and pictures of noodle waterfalls glistening with hot broth compete for attention. But the gold bars and serifed red type of Cup Noodle (as iconic as a package of Oreos or a can of Coke) stand out with a parade of constantly rotating new flavors.

    In place of the standard Chicken, Beef, and Shrimp flavors I know from American grocery stores, the cups I see in every supermarket and drugstore in Japan include Shoyu, Seafood, and Curry and usually Cheese Curry, Chili Tomato, Salt, and Miso, too. And then there are limited-release flavors that vie for dominance in the instant-gratification world of the convenience store. Each month, I watch for the red-and-yellow NEW! sign on the top shelf of the instant noodle aisle and sound out the names of the flavors that appear I read Japanese about as well as a kindergartner after living here for more than a year.

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  2. Shadowprophet

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    I didn't know it was as huge as what it seems to be, but when you consider you can go anywhere to any convenience store or even gas station vending machine and find those, It would have to be a billion-dollar industry, I love Raman, But if you have ever forgotten you have cooked cup noodles and found them the next day in the microwave, there is an almost full inch of some kind of lard or fat that settles on the top of them. I'm almost certain those things can clog an artery. Of course, they taste good, The ones in the cups are way better than the ones in the packs too. But they scare me, If I'm gonna clog an artery, I at least want to do it with steak :D lol
     
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  4. nivek

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  5. Kchoo

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    Yep... thats my choice.... when I want them...
     
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