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The weirdest cup noodles to try in Hong Kong right now

Indulge in a little weirdness

Written by
Olivia Lai
,
Jenny Leung
&
Ann Chiu
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Whether you're up late binging on the latest Netflix series, got the munchies after a night out, or simply have a bank balance that's looking a bit depressing, cup noodles are the fastest and most convenient way to cure your hunger pangs. Want to make your next cheeky late-night snacking a little more interesting? We’ve scoured Hong Kong’s different convenience stores and supermarkets for the weirdest and quirkiest flavours to try.

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Weirdest cup noodles in Hong Kong to try right now

Thick imitation shark fin soup noodles
Photograph: Jenny Leung

Thick imitation shark fin soup noodles

If you’re expecting the thick, flavourful kind of imitation shark fin soup you get from local street food stalls, then we’re sorry,  you will be massively disappointed. Soup wise, it is definitely a lot thicker than most cup noodles and somewhat reminded us of shark fin soup, but the taste was nowhere near. In fact, we’re not quite sure how to describe it because it was unlike anything we’ve ever tasted before – and not in a good way. One thing that did surprise us was the number of dried ingredients inside. There were goji berries, wood ear mushroom, egg, and lettuce (not the usual flaky, flimsy kind either). In terms of imitation shark fin, there were some small, broken bits of rice noodle-like things of which we can only assume were supposed to be the shark fin. Overall, the idea was great, but the execution, not so much.

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Afuri yuzu salt instant ramen
Photograph: Jenny Leung

Afuri yuzu salt instant ramen

If you love Japanese food, then anything yuzu flavoured shouldn't come as a surprise to you. And if you're unfamiliar, now is the best time to try it. This Afuri yuzu salt instant ramen is hands down one of the best cup noodles we've ever tasted. Salty, yet tangy, with just a tinge of sweetness, we slurped it all up in no time, including the soup too. The only downside, however, was that there were not much, if any, dried ingredients, and the portion was too small. But then again, you can always make that up with some cheap and easy ramen upgrade hacks.

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Lobster bisque noodles / Clam chowder noodles
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Lobster bisque noodles / Clam chowder noodles

The lobster bisque was quite disappointing as it completely lacked flavour, and no ingredients were indicating that it was lobster bisque. We weren't expecting Michelin-starred restaurant quality, but when compared to the clam chowder, the latter definitely stood out. After tasting the lobster bisque flavour, we didn't have any expectations for the clam chowder, but we were quickly proven wrong. The clam chowder was creamy, flavourful, and best of all, it had a significant amount of clam meat inside. Granted, they were small, but still a pleasant surprise. Not too shabby, Nissin.

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Milk seafood cup noodles
Photograph: Jenny Leung

Milk seafood cup noodles

We know it sounds stomach-churning, but trust us, it's quite the opposite. Milk-based noodles are not actually as uncommon as you think, especially if you've been to Japan enough times. If you're still not convinced, think of it as like your standard seafood cup noodles, but a lot smoother and creamier, with the usual seafood flavour tamed down significantly by the milk (or whatever they actually use to replicate milk). We can keep telling you how good this tastes, but it's best to try it yourself. 

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Huadiao chicken (chicken wine) noodles

Huadiao chicken (chicken wine) noodles

Hugely popular in Taiwan, this huadiao chicken cup noodle is packed with ingredients. Each bowl comes with freeze-dried chicken, seasoning powder and a chicken wine packet. The recommended cooking method is to soak the noodles in hot water for five minutes before adding the chicken and seasoning after. Give it a stir and drain out the water. Throw in your chicken wine last then voilá, you have yourself a delicious bowl of noodles. The noods are nice and chewy while the soup base is rich without being too overpowering and has a pleasant hint of alcohol. The chicken bits are also surprisingly decent, making it a solid chicken noodle dish as a whole.

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Tomato pizza big cup noodles

Tomato pizza big cup noodles

Ever feel torn between getting cup noodles or ordering pizza for a late-night snack? Well, these cup noodles should solve the dilemma. The ever-popular Nissan brand from Japan has rolled out a tomato pizza flavour packed with cheddar cheese, tomatoes, potatoes and cauliflower. The tomato soup base is pretty rich, and you can totally slurp the soup on its own. Although the cheese is a bit bland and the noodles a bit gooey, the hearty portion earns this cup a few points. You’ll definitely be full after one serving. 

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European cheese curry cup noodles

European cheese curry cup noodles

Nissan’s curry cup noodles is a long-time crowd favourite. And to take it to the next level, they’ve introduced this European cheese curry cup noodles. Sweet with a hint of spice paired with smooth cheesy goodness, this creates wonderful layers of flavouring and texture. Once we finish, we’re very tempted to mix the soup base with some rice for a second meal. 

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Wasabi mayo stir noodles

Wasabi mayo stir noodles

If you're not a fan of soup, why not try this wasabi mayo stir noodle from popular Korean brand Samyang? All you need to do is to cook it in hot water for a couple of minutes, drain it and throw in the special soy sauce, wasabi and mayonnaise, then mix it all together. We reckon there's around one tablespoon worth of wasabi, meaning the noodles aren't too spicy. In fact, there's probably too much mayo, and it needs a few more ingredients to go with the sauce. The entire cup ends up a bit bland. Try it then chuck it. 

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Matsutake mushroom with white cream cup noodles

Matsutake mushroom with white cream cup noodles

The moment you add water in Nissan’s matsutake mushroom with white cream cup noodles, you’ll immediately smell the cheesy aroma thanks to its three kinds of cheese: parmesan, cheddar and Emmental. But once you start slurping, it ends up tasting more like its creamy soup base. In terms of the matsutake mushroom, it’s a bit disappointing. There’s only a couple of pieces, they’re both tough in texture, and you can barely detect any flavour. The noodles are better, being thick and soup absorbant, basically saving the entire dish. 

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Butter and numbing spicy flavour instant hotpot

Butter and numbing spicy flavour instant hotpot

Okay, so this one isn’t exactly a cup noodle. It’s instant hotpot, but the intention is the same. And we Hongkongers love a good hotpot. Eliminating all the fuss of needing to prepare fresh ingredients and even having a pot, 9515 Hong Kong’s butter and numbing spicy instant hotpot comes with sausages, potato noodles, vegetables, hotpot seasoning and sesame oil. Dump all the ingredients into the white box and the black box underneath, which has a built-in heating pack, will start heating up. Add a bit of cold water and it’ll start steaming. (Don’t ask us how the science works.) Keep the lid on for about 15 minutes and you’ll be ready to go. While the soup won’t be your usual boiling hot temperature, it’s still got that great numbing, spicy aroma without burning your taste buds. The lotus root and fungus is nice and chewy, but the potato noodles are too tough and the sausages are a bit of a letdown. On the whole, if you’re craving hotpot without a whole party to go with, it’s still worth a try, even if for novelty value alone.

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