It is no secret that ramen is one of the most popular dishes in Japan. While one would think it is always served as plain noodles, some broth, and toppings, that is not always the case. Sometimes, people come up with unique ramen flavors that make sense (or not). These weird ramen flavors would either have you wondering why you did not think of the idea before or gagging in disgust.
If you're familiar with Japanese obsession with new flavors, then it should not come as a surprise that Japanese manufacturers introduce 600 instant ramen flavors each year! That's apart from the restaurant owners who have their own unique staple versions. If you are curious, then let's dive into Crazy ramen flavors that you should know now.
Many people get experimental with food. That's why we have some of the most amazing meals in the world today. Whether it is a restaurant serving ramen flavor or just someone's crazy experiment, you're sure to get a kick out of trying out these weird ramen flavors.
Here are the Top 10 Weirdest Ramen Flavors In 2023:
Just like pineapple pizza, you either love or hate this ramen flavor. This ramen is one of the most popular meals offered by Papapapapine in Tokyo. The broth is mixed with pineapple juice for that hint of sweetness, and it is topped with pineapple cuts and a bright yellow egg infused with pineapple juice. You probably think that it would taste weird but surprisingly, the balance of sweet, spicy, and salty works pretty well.
Yes, this is not a drill; chocolate ramen does exist. In japan, valentine's day is celebrated by giving lovers or friends a box of chocolate. Ramen restaurants have keyed into this by adding chocolate ramen to the menu. Some would mix the broth with cocoa oil and top it with a bar of chocolate, while others would make the broth thick and brown melted chocolate. What's better than chocolate-infused noodles to show your loved one how much you care? If you are totally in love with chocolate, then you'll love this.
Natto is Japanese fermented soybeans that, while some people like, others cannot stand at all. Natto is runny with a strong smell, and sometimes, a heap of natto is added to ramen. People usually mix it all up and grab bits of natto with the ramen. Surprisingly, ramen tones down the smell of natto with a bit of sliminess. This weird ramen flavor may not be for everyone, but it is definitely something to try.
Pringles is known for coming in weird and amazing flavors that people grow to love. While ramen-flavored pringles exist, this time, the tables have turned as Supercup and Pringles Japan released their pringles cup ramen flavor. The best part is that it is instant ramen that can be prepared in minutes. If you have always wanted that mix of crunchiness when slurping your ramen, then you will definitely love this flavor.
Koka's wheat purple ramen flavor is such a fun noodle to eat. The best part is that the coloring is not artificial. Blueberries, grapes, and eggplant were used to give it the statement color, so it is completely vegan. What is also cool is that it gives three times more antioxidants than red grapes, which goes to show how healthy it is. It is not the weirdest noodle when it comes to flavor, but the amazing color makes it a unique ramen.
If you love ramen and the sliminess of cheese, then cheesy ramen is your comfort food. It is a relatively cheap ramen to make, and all you need to do is to add cheese and other ingredients like garlic to your ramen. You can use parmesan or mozzarella cheese.
Most people can't do without that hot cup of coffee in the morning. Well, what if you turned that into a nice helping of coffee ramen flavor? Instead of the regular ramen broth, adding a little bit of coffee will completely transform the taste, and it gives that much-needed wake-up kick. A simple trick is to use instant coffee to make instant ramen, microwave it for a while, and voila.
There are meals that are too disgusting to eat, but when a restaurant staff gags when serving the meal, then you know you are in trouble. A ramen shop in Hiroshima serves a ramen dish rumored to be too disgusting to eat. If one can clear their plate, they won't have to pay, and if it is done in 6 minutes 30 seconds, then you get a free bowl of regular ramen. Sounds like a great deal, but unfortunately, the ramen is made with tofu, okra, pig ears, feet, and mackerel. Let's say it also smells like rotting garbage too. Is the stench worth the price?
Koka isn't the only company playing around with ramen color. Kipposhi, a ramen shop that opened in 2016, offers ramen in bright blue chicken broth as one of their staple dishes. Of course, what makes this weird ramen flavor blue is their secret ingredient, but it is apparently a completely natural coloring without chemicals. This ramen tastes like regular chicken broth ramen, but the color is just beautiful.
From the pineapple ramen, it is obvious that the Papapapapine ramen shop takes risks. Well, momentarily, strawberry ramen flavor was on the menu, and this is how it was served. The broth was made from a mixture of beef broth and strawberry paste. Then, noodles and slices of strawberry are added. I mean, it is not the craziest ramen idea if someone is obsessed with pink, and it does have a slight sweetness that is delightful.
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This article was originally written by our freelance writer Umm-Kulthum Abdulkareem, and edited by us.