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Five Select Additions to Make Your Cup Noodles Even Better!

Japanese cup noodles are hugely popular and are often taken abroad as souvenirs. They can actually be made many times more tasty by simply adding a little topping or condiments! This article introduces five recommended toppings to make your noodles even better.

Add Toppings to Give Your Cup Noodles Something Extra

The toppings in cup noodles are particularly tasty because they have soaked up the flavors of the soup, but you may often feel a bit dissatisfied with the quantity if you're really hungry. That is the time when you might want to add some additions of your own!


Canned corn is readily available at supermarkets and convenience stores in Japan, and it is a great addition to brighten up your cup noodles. They are best added to soy sauce-flavored noodles as the sweetness of the corn and the aroma of soy sauce go perfectly together. The popping texture that the corn adds to the noodles is also wonderful. Corn also goes fantastically with miso ramen, and miso ramen with corn is a popular standard at ramen shops in Japan. Why not recreate at home the flavors you enjoyed while traveling?


Melty cheese toppings go perfectly with cup noodles with deep flavors. They are particularly recommended with curry-flavored cup noodles. The rich and mild cheese goes perfectly with the spicy curry soup, and you won't be able to stop eating once you start! The added cheese also goes well with tomato chili sauce cup noodles, another type with rich flavors. The combination of tomato and cheese is almost like a pizza! Why not give this a try, too, and enjoy the Italian-style flavors?

Mix Some Condiments in for Extra Flavoring

If you want to add interest to the flavors but don't want to increase the volume, add some condiments! Your everyday cup noodles can be made special with just a little addition.

Grated Garlic

Grated garlic in a tube that is readily available at Japanese supermarkets is a wonderful item to enhance the flavors of cup noodles. It is particularly recommended for noodles with tonkotsu (pork bone) soup. Just add a little grated garlic and the soup becomes as flavorful as noodles served at restaurants!


Yuzukosho is a traditional Japanese condiment made with the zest of yuzu (citrus fruit), chili pepper, and salt. It is a specialty of Kyushu but can be purchased anywhere in Japan. Yuzukosho is a great addition to salt ramen. The bright aroma of the yuzu and the spiciness of the chili peppers lighten up the flavors of the rich cup ramen. With the yuzukosho added, the cup noodles will become a tasty meal even if you are not feeling that hungry.


Butter is one of the best toppings to make cup ramen noodles even better! The No. 1 recommendation is to add it to miso ramen. The salt of the miso and the sweet aroma of the butter transforms your everyday ramen into a dish with complex flavors. Butter also goes well with seafood cup noodles. Enjoy the delicate combination of the umami (Japanese savory taste) of the seafood and the rich flavors of the butter.

Did you enjoy these ideas for additions to cup ramen noodles? Be sure to try them to enhance the flavors of your cup noodles with just a little tweak!

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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