One of the places I visited during my recent trip to Japan was Yokohama. Hubby and I went to Yokohama during our first trip to Japan back in 2005. Although we went back to Japan a few times after 2005, we didn’t revisit Yokohama.
|Panoramic photo of Yokohama|
So it’s been 10 years since I visited Yokohama. I told Sophie that Yokohama (she has never been to Yokohama) is a beautiful and airy place. I remember lots of birds flying overhead when hubby and I were walking around. It’s not nearly as crowded as Tokyo. If Yokohama were in a Pokemon game it would be a port city, I think.
I suggested that we go to the Cup Noodles Museum (also known as the Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum) in Yokohama as both of us had never been there before.
Cup Noodles Museum’s super cute and lovable mascot Hiyoko-chan (hiyoko means “chick” in Japanese) welcomed us to the Cup Noodles Museum.
We immediately went up to the 4th floor where the Cup Noodles Factory was. We would be making our very own Cup Noodles here. The first step is to buy a styrofoam cup for 300 yen (around P115).
There are colored markers you can use to draw and/or color your cup.
But the first order of business is to write the date. Your custom Cup Noodles are good only for a month after the production date.
Anyhow after designing the cup I went towards the Cup Noodles assembly area. I turned the wheel to fill my cup with noodles.
Then I got to pick my soup base and 4 ingredients to go with it. There were 4 types of soup base: Chili Tomato, Shoyu, Seafood, and Curry. There are about a dozen ingredients available that you can choose from to be added to your Cup Noodles.
I chose the shoyu soup base plus these Hiyoko-chan umm… things, cheese cubes, egg pieces, and sweet corn.
|Sophie’s Cup Noodles (left) and my Cup Noodles (right)|
Sophie tried the Chili Tomato soup base then loaded it with Hiyoko-chan, shrimp, green onions, and peppers.
So after we completed our Cup Noodles, they were wrapped in plastic.
Afterwards you get to make an inflatable plastic bag to put your Cup Noodles in.
This is the Chicken Ramen Factory. You get to make chicken ramen by kneading, spreading, and steaming wheat flour and then drying with the hot oil drying method. You get to take home what you make too.
This is the Instant Noodles History Cube. There are over 3,000 product packages showcased here.
Sophie and I got kind of confused as to where to take our photo at the Instant Noodles History Cube lol.
You can order 8 different kinds of noodle dishes from all over the world here. Sophie and I had 2 each because the servings are quite small. They cost 300 yen (around P115) each.
I decided to have Mi Goreng from Indonesia. It was delicious and yes, I finished it lol.
My second dish was Tom Yum Goong Noodles from Thailand. Yummy! I loved it… and yes finished it too. Both dishes look big but they’re not, I would describe them as merienda size.
There’s a balcony like area across the Noodles Bazaar and you get to enjoy fresh air plus an awesome view of Yokohama (this is where I took the panoramic photo).
Entrance to the Cup Noodles Museum costs 500 yen (around P200). This is not yet inclusive of the activities like Cup Noodles Factory which you need to pay for separately. I think visiting Cup Noodles Museum is a unique experience worth trying at least once.
Cup Noodles Museum
2-3-4 Shinko, Naka-ku,
Yokohama 231-0001 Japan
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