Since I started reviewing Kaiju Kuisine, I have consumed a wide variety of ramen-themed monster-snacks and reviewed them here—from Baby Star Dodekai Ramen snacks, to the Godzilla Butamen cup (probably my favorite of all), to the Godzilla vs. Evangelion Box: Garlic Ramen and Spicy Chicken Flavor (second favorite, and most fun due to the play factor). Today I want to review a new release, simply called Godzilla Ramen, created by Hachiroumen and sold Surou Kaabu, with assistance from a company called… river pond (no capitals). Flavor-wise it’s probably the worst, but the gimmick is still clever.
As usual, let’s start with the packaging. We see the now very familiar image of Godzilla from Godzilla Resurgence (2016) looking scary and depicted in all black and red, with the name of the product and a bowl of ramen floating above his claw. The back includes instructions for how to cook the ramen, and the side announces that the box contains one of three rubber Godzilla foot chopstick rests (randomly inserted to prompt collectors to buy more I am sure). The feet styles they chose seem to be the 2016 Godzilla, the 1954 Godzilla, and the ever-popular Heisei/VS. series Godzilla. I got the 2016 one.
Inside we have two packages of pink noodles, and two packages of soy sauce-flavored soup. This is the really clever part. When you cook up the noodles and douse them in the black soup, the resulting ramen concoction looks like creepy pink flesh/veins immersed in a jet-black background that fits the raw, fleshy, charcoal-scorched 2016 design really well. I love the effect.
I didn’t love the taste, though. Granted I didn’t get around to eating my first batch of Godzilla Ramen until after the “best eaten-by” date had expired, and I probably should have cooked them a tad longer for maximum yum, but still the noodles had a nasty tang that lingers in the mouth. I just kind of had an unpleasant experience with the stuff to be honest.
Still, the novelty of eating a soup designed to mimic the flesh-tones of a horrific monster should be enough to get some fans excited, and instant ramen is not really known for its excellence in the taste department (or maybe I am just spoiled by real ramen restaurants in Japan). Nevertheless, unless you’re desperate for some monster noodles, I would pass on this one.
Scary red generic box art.
Box contents with the rubber chopstick holder
The noodles look like ground pork.
The three foot designs