Other than being two of Japan’s trendiest culinary imports, what do ramen and matcha have in common? They can both be made in the microwave in a pinch. So it was only a matter of time before the instant noodle empire Nissin combined the two ingredients into one convenient Cup Noodle.
As RocketNews24 reports, the brand-new Cup Noodle Matcha will start selling for 180 yen ($1.55) on January 23. The matcha, a fine green tea powder usually reserved for sweet drinks and desserts, is incorporated into both the noodles and the broth. The product blends the tea with a seafood flavor profile: Eaters will find squid, egg, green onion, carrot, and cabbage inside.
Squid and matcha-flavored instant ramen may seem odd to American palettes, but unconventional Cup Noodle varieties are fairly common in Japan. Cheese curry, taco, and soft-shell turtle are a few of the flavors Cup Noodle has experimented with in the past.