Translated by Jasmine Nishino
Make Your Own Cup Noodles At The Instant Ramen Museum In Osaka
Written by Keisuke Yamada
At the Cupnoodles Museum Osaka Ikeda you can make your very own instant cup noodles. Learn more about the process of making instant ramen by creating your very own variety!
The widely known cup noodles are popular not only in Japan, but all around the world as well. Along with the standard flavors, new flavors keep getting introduced every year. A type of cup noodles sold only in Japan might be great for a souvenir as well.
However, there is an even more memorable souvenir when it comes to cup noodles. At the Cupnoodles Museum Osaka Ikeda in Osaka, you will be able to make your very own original cup noodles!
This time we will introduce you to the "My Cup Noodle Factory" located inside the Cupnoodles Museum Osaka Ikeda city, the birthplace of instant ramen.
What Is the Cupnoodles Museum Osaka Ikeda?
Opened in 1999 in Ikeda, Cupnoodles Museum Osaka Ikeda is an interactive educational museum that teaches you the history of the discovery and the importance of cup noodles.
In the museum, you will find a replicated display of the laboratory where the founder of Nissin foods, Momofuku Ando invented the chicken ramen (*1) along with an exhibition showing how the instant ramen and the cup noodles were developed.
*1 Chicken ramen: the world's first instant ramen invented in 1958.
There is also a display of instant ramen packages that are sold all over the world. You will be able to see what kind of ramen combinations have been invented around the world.
Make Your Own Cup Noodle At The "My Cup Noodle Factory"
At the My Cup Noodle Factory, you will be able to make your very own, original cup noodles. Using a cup designed by yourself, you can select a soup of your preference (one out of soy sauce, curry, seafood or chili tomato flavors) and toppings of your choice (four out of 12 types). There is a grand total of 5,460 possible combinations so have fun and mix your favorite soup and toppings.
1. Purchase A Cup
We will explain in detail how to make your own cup noodles. First, purchase a 300 yen cup for one serving from the vending machine. After purchasing, clean your hands before going to your seat.
Just so you know, there are no additional fees, so this entire experience including the ingredients costs only 300 yen.
2. Decorate Your Cup
There are markers with various colors available, so get creative and draw away!
First, insert the date you made your ramen. Please note that your original cup noodle must be eaten in a month after the date it has been created!
After you are done with writing the date, color and draw pictures of your choice to create your very own cup. Once you're ready, go on to the next step.
3. Put The Noodles In The Cup!
Next, we will be putting the noodles in the cup. Cover the noodles with your cup and turn the handle so the noodles will go inside the cup completely.
Once the noodles are set, you can pick out a soup. Like mentioned before, please select one from soy sauce, curry, seafood and chili tomato flavors. All of them are standard flavors in Japan.
Next come the toppings! You can choose four from twelve toppings such as cheese, scallion, and kimchi. Out of the twelve toppings, there is a limited edition topping that changes regularly!
After you put the soup and toppings, the ramen looks like the photo above.
4. Seal The Cup!
Now, we will seal the cup. We're almost done!
After wrapping it with a plastic film, the film is then heated and shrink-wrapped.
Once the packaging is done, your original cup noodles will pop out like this.
It will then be put inside a plastic bag and after inserting air with a pump...
You will have your very own, original cup noodles!
How did you like it? If you make your very own cup noodles at the Cupnoodles Museum Osaka Ikeda, it would surely be a memory of a lifetime.
The "My Cup Noodle Factory" is part of the Cupnoodles Museum Osaka Ikeda. The museum has many more displays themed around instant ramen. If you have the chance, do stop by on your next visit in Osaka!