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This SF Korean Fried Chicken Icon Just Dropped Bulgogi Stir Fry Ramen

We always get a feeling of nostalgia when we go in on a steamy cup of Nissin Cup Noodles. That first slurp and gulp always takes us back to our childhoods — whether it was an after-school meal or a late-night snack.

That sentiment is what inspired this Dream Cup Noodles collaboration.

Chef Charlie Kim of Aria Korean Tapas, a Korean fried chicken joint located in the heart of the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco, runs the shop with his mother and father.

The former UCLA hockey player fondly remembers eating Nissin Cup Noodles after practice as his favorite meal of the day.

Now, as the owner of his own Korean restaurant, Kim’s love for Original Cup Noodles has come full circle, evidenced by this Bulgogi Cup Noodles dish.

Chef Kim stir fries bulgogi ribeye rolls with ramen noodles, garlic, and ginger until beef meets noodles in a medley of flavor. Kim finishes the cup with mozzarella cheese, stir fry kimchi, and a fried egg — a love letter to the foods of his youth.

Those who love the intricacies of Korean cooking will want to keep an eye out for this cup at FOODBEAST’s upcoming noodle festival.

Come join the festivities as Aria Korean Tapas debuts this exclusive fusion of traditional Korean flavors at Foodbeast’s Noods Oakland presented by Nissin Cup Noodles on April 7th. Visit www.noodsfest.com for more information or to purchase tickets.


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Biryani Cup Noodles Are An Insane Flavor Collab You HAVE To Try

Over the past few years, Curry Up Now has become a well-known staple in the book of Bay Area eats, thanks in part to a fleet of four food trucks and six locations all dishing out elevated Indian street food, like tikka masala burritos, criss-cut sweet potato fries and kofta fauja singh.  

While creating out-of-the-box, Indian-inspired cuisine has become a way of life for Rana Kapoor, co-owner and chef of Curry Up Now, adding her own special cultural flare to Original Cup Noodles has been a career highlight – especially since it was one of her favorite childhood dishes.

Kapoor explained that she grew up eating Nissin Cup Noodles, in her case always integrating an array of spices and flavors like Biryani Masala, veggies and a touch of onion and sesame.

And now, thanks to a partnership with Original Cup Noodles, Kapoor recreated her favorite version exclusively for Nissin’s Dream Cup Series.    

Kapoor starts her dish by tossing ramen noodles in a 15-spice blend of Biryani Masala, adding ginger, garlic paste, sliced bell peppers, cilantro and julienned ginger. She then tops it with a heap of crispy fried onions and fresh mint. This incredible mashup of culture and cuisine will surely raise some eyebrows for the noodle hungry crowds at FOODBEAST’s upcoming noodle festival.

Come join the festivities as Curry Up Now debuts this exclusive fusion of Asian and Indian culture at Foodbeast’s Noods Oakland presented by Nissin Cup Noodles on April 7th. Visit www.noodsfest.com for more information or to purchase tickets.


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San Francisco’s Farmhouse Thai Just Created Spicy Volcano Cup Noodles

There’s an overwhelming feeling of independence when preparing your own Nissin Cup Noodles. We all know someone who has their own special way of preparing it, by adding an array of special spices – or even a favorite hot sauce – that will transform any cup into a personalized masterpiece.  

Regardless if you’re a novice at-home cook, or a classically trained chef, the personal connection to a meal you can cook yourself is a rewarding feeling.

For Kesem Saengsawang, owner and executive chef at Thai Farmhouse Kitchen in San Francisco’s Mission District, Nissin Cup Noodles played a significant role in his childhood and still does today.

For Saengsawang, the spicier the cup, the better – that’s what he had in mind when Thai Farmhouse Kitchen partnered with Original Cup Noodles, thus conceptualizing the Volcano Dream Cup Noodles.

After one bite, this flaming hot noodle dish will be burned into your memory forever in the best way possible. This fiery cup of steamy noods is made with a juicy slow-cooked beef rib, and pan fried noodles tossed in a spicy Thai devil sauce, with bird’s eye chili, tamarind, cumin, garlic, onion and cilantro.  

Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind creation which will only be available inside the All-You-Can-Eat Section at FOODBEAST’s Noods Oakland presented by Nissin Cup Noodles on April 7th. Visit www.noodsfest.com for more information or to purchase tickets.


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Watch This Food Artist Create Surreal Visuals With Noodles

Paul Fuentes is a graphic designer known for his ironic, and somewhat metaphoric illustrations that combine an avant-garde approach to art by incorporating aspects of food, surrealism and inspiration from everyday life. With more than 200K followers on Instagram, Fuentes is on the verge of becoming a household name.

Recently, Fuentes’ art was featured within the Museum of Ice Cream, where thousands of people were able to admire the seamless mashup of fantasy and reality he creates within his art.  

In continuation of the FOODBEAST video series in collaboration with Nissin Cup Noodles®, Just Warmin’ Up, we sat down with Fuentes to discuss his creative process, his ability to create art outside his comfort zone, and why he loves yarn so much.

The Just Warmin’ Up series spotlights young, up-and-coming entertainers and entrepreneurs riding their own wave to success.

Fuentes find his creative inspiration from real life situations. He can become inspired from simple, everyday situations. Anything from conversations with friends, or a trip to the supermarket has the ability to spark a new idea.   

Fuentes’ tendency to incorporate vibrant shades of pastel into his artwork in the form of bright blue and pink backgrounds is a direct correlation to Mexico City, where he was born and raised.

It’s easy to see Fuentes adopts his surrealistic concepts from a database of common and relatable objects like fruit, animals and nature. Although there is no true formula to his artistic process, Fuentes capitalizes on the use of mixed media, paint, photography, and hours of Photoshop magic to create his inspiring and never-before-seen designs.  

“Every image has their own story, their own background,” he said. “What I try to do is open my own senses, and get ready for everything.”

For Fuentes, it’s all about being inspired by his surrounding environment. While it might seem effortless to some, Fuentes explained that he can hit creative roadblocks. Ironically, Fuentes has appreciation for those stagnant artistic periods, because it forces him to work outside of his comfort zone.

“I kind of appreciate it when it happens, it means I’m not in a comfort zone,” he said. “It means it’s time to move on, don’t care about the block just keep going.”

Learn more about Paul and his life in our latest episode of Just Warmin’ Up.


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Twitch Star OMGitsfirefoxx Talks Garlic Noodles & Becoming The Most Followed Female Livestreamer

How did one of the most watched females on Twitch get to the top, and how can she help Foodbeast create their own Livestream? Well, on our recurring interview show Just Warmin’ Up, our host Elie Ayrouth gets to learn exactly that! Enter: Sonja Reid.

Everything we do at FOODBEAST is through the lens of food. This gives us the opportunity to interact with amazing people that AREN’T necessarily in the “food industry.” In this sense, food becomes a unifying factor that connects everyone regardless of what they do for a living.

With that said, we’re excited to continue our FOODBEAST video series, Just Warmin’ Up, in collaboration with Nissin Cup Noodles®. This series spotlights young, up-and-coming entertainers and entrepreneurs riding their own wave to success.

In this episode, we meet Sonja Reid, AKA OMGITSFIREFOXX, who is currently the #1 female broadcaster on the popular live streaming and gaming site, Twitch.  

With an additional following of more than 1 million between Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, along with appearances on film and television paired with millions of livestream views on Twitch, it’s safe to say the livestreaming side of the Internet already knows who Sonja is.

With a commanding 779K Twitch followers, it’s no wonder why she’s already made the Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list. At this point it seems that the sky’s the limit for Sonja.  

It’s pretty inspiring to see someone follow their hobby and be able to make a career from it. Considering her track record, Sonja is clearly open to challenges.

As is customary in our JWU show, our guest often takes us on a journey following the interview. This time, FOODBEAST Editor-in-Chief, Elie Ayrouth and Sonja decide to compete in a special role reversal challenge that requires Sonja to act as Elie for a day as EIC, while Elie takes a seat in Sonja’s chair to host a livestream in front of her Twitch followers.  

“You eat food for a living, how hard can that be?” she scoffed as Elie explained the premise of the challenge.

Sonja jumped into the editor role with ease, approving story pitches and using her newfound power to instruct the FOODBEAST editorial staff on how to deliver some livestream challenge ideas.

Needless to say, Sonja did her best to find ways to torture Elie and essentially beat him at his own game.

Learn more about Sonja and life as a popular Twitch livestreamer in our latest episode of Just Warmin’ Up.


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FaZe Cheo: From Nightshifts At A Hospital To House Chef Of FaZe Clan

For those who don’t know, FaZe Clan has become one of the most recognizable names in the esports world, carving out a legacy similar to the New York Yankees of professional baseball.

For the last few years, this collective of international gamers has gained major attention and millions of followers, thanks in part to their tactical game play, and showcasing over-the-top challenges and antics in YouTube videos.

For example, The FaZe Clan’s YouTube channel currently sits at more than 4.6 million subscribers, with individual FaZe members FaZe Rug at over 7 million subscribers and FaZe Banks at over 4 million YouTube subscribers individually.

Cumulatively, the FaZe Clan reaches more than 20 million people on YouTube alone — not including the millions they’ve amassed on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

However, while the success of the FaZe Clan has not gone unnoticed, the behind-the-scenes assistance of FaZe Cheo, the eSports team’s in-house chef, is something we should all become more familiar with and learn something from.

FaZe Cheo has become the perennial father figure within the FaZe Clan’s sprawling mansion in Orange County, California. The estate doubles as a studio and backdrop for the group’s YouTube videos.

Cheo seems to quietly support this group of mega successful, 20-something digital socialites, calmly helping to mold and nurture these new-age professionals with something more valuable than cheat codes.    

We sat down with Cheo in continuation of the FOODBEAST video series in collaboration with Nissin Cup Noodles®, Just Warmin’ Up, that spotlights young, up-and-coming entertainers riding their own wave to success.

Although Cheo doesn’t come from a professional culinary background, he credits his passion for cooking to his mother — who taught him to cook for himself at an early age while she was out working up to three jobs at a time.

Now, a father to a 4-year-old daughter, Cheo’s humble attitude, passion for cooking, and managerial mindset makes him the perfect fit within the group’s fast-paced and unconventional living environment.

“I care about them,” Cheo said. “I believed in what they had and what they are trying to do. I wanted to see what I could do, to provide a chance for them to grow.”

Cheo made his introduction to the FaZe Clan a few years ago with the help of his brother who is also a member of FaZe, where he saw an opportunity to become a value asset to the team. Through his simple yet delicious recipes, Cheo is showing his FaZe comrades that not every meal has to be take-out.  

Thanks to his mom, Cheo learned to cook efficiently on his own and continues to maintain an impressive skill set in the kitchen today. So, being the nice guy that he is, Cheo gifted FOODBEAST with one of his favorite recipes — a karaage chicken Cup Noodles®.

Learn more about Cheo and his role as house chef for the FaZe clan in our latest episode of Just Warmin’ Up.


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Remix Your Breakfast With This Comforting Spam & Eggs Cup Noodles

If you’ve ever visited Ten Asian Bistro in Newport Beach, you’d find it nestled behind a giant koi pond surrounded by large water fountains.

While this spot has become known for its tranquil location, along with great happy hour deals and bustling nightlife scene, it’s got something special in the works for FOODBEAST’s NOODS NOODS NOODS Festival, presented by Nissin Cup Noodles®.

Chef de cuisine at Ten Asian Bistro, Andrew Molleda, has lots of good memories of eating Cup Noodles in college. Being a huge fan of breakfast as well, he decided to combine his two loves into one dish – and thus the Spam & Eggs Cup Noodles was born.

Using diced Spam, fried quail eggs, and noodles, Ten Asian Bistro has created a perfect blend of oozy yolk porn and over-the-top noodle pulls.

If you’re in the mood for a super savory, one-of-a-kind, breakfast-themed Cup Noodles like only Ten Asian Bistro can pull off, we suggest grabbing a ticket to NOODS NOODS NOODS Festival, Foodbeast’s all-you-can-eat Asian Food Festival, presented by Nissin Cup Noodles.

We’ll see you there.

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One Of Instagram’s Most Hyped Mexican Spots Just Debuted Carne Asada Cup Noodles

For some of us, our first introduction to cooking could very well have been preparing our own Nissin Cup Noodles®. The process was simple –– boiling water, pouring it into the cup, and letting the noodles sit for a few minutes.

Josh Torres, owner of Cali Tacos in Orange, California, still remembers waiting in anticipation for that hot cup of steamy noods as a kid.

Now as the owner of one of Southern California’s most well-known burrito spots, he’s adding his own spin on the classic recipe.

Cali Tacos is already well known for their stuffed, oversized tacos and burritos – like the Angel Burrito that weighs in at almost a pound, and is packed with fries, shrimp and carne asada.  

So, it was only natural for Torres to use juicy carne asada, shredded cheddar cheese, cabbage, pico de gallo, and cotija cheese in an exclusive Cali Tacos collaboration with Nissin Cup Noodles. His creation is topped off with Cali Taco’s signature Cali Sauce, making this colorful meal an instant classic.

For anyone that loves a steaming hot Cup Noodles – and some of the most incredible Mexican cuisine in Southern California – get ready for the Carne Asada Cup Noodles, only available at NOODS NOODS NOODS presented by Nissin Cup Noodles.

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