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This NEW FOODBEAST #DreamMachine Uses Social Media As Currency For Free Noodles

Folks on Instagram have recently been spotted posting selfies with a vending machine that dispenses free Nissin Cup Noodles, among a variety of other free prizes.


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Dubbed the FOODBEAST #DreamMachine, the special vending machine from Nissin Foods USA and Foodbeast dispenses its loot using Instagram. Anyone can walk up and push the big button to activate the Dream Machine.

Instructions on the screen will prompt the user to take a photo with the machine. Next, the user will post their photo to Instagram using a special hashtag generated by the machine.

Photo by Pete Pham

After the selfie and hashtag are posted, the Dream Machine knows what to do and will dispense a prize, ranging from free Cup Noodles to JumpForce video games, and even gift cards to various retailers.

Could this be the future of how vending machines work? Using social media to power one is a pretty intriguing concept, especially when free noodles and video games are involved.

Photo by Ashley Schwarzman

The FOODBEAST #DreamMachine will be in the Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance, California starting March 1, and the Las Vegas Premium Outlets South in Las Vegas, Nevada starting March 6. They will be dispensing prizes throughout March, so make sure to check one out!

Map of Del Amo Fashion Center

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Where would YOU like the FOODBEAST #DreamMachine to travel next?

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Seattle Restaurant’s Viral Mt. Fuji Burger Just Got Turned Into Cup Noodles

Katsu Burger, a Seattle phenomenon specializing in fried cutlets, is known for their colossal Mt. Fuji Burger. This burger mountain features three different types of katsu, and is a towering wonder to behold.

The restaurant is taking its viral creation and transforming it into an epic stack of Nissin Cup Noodles that’s best described as a double-decker ramen burger in a cup.

The cup is filled with shredded cabbage, just like the original burger. From there, a ramen version of the Katsu burger is layered on top. The bottom layer features bacon, a crispy, fried noodle patty made with Cup Noodles, cheddar cheese, and chicken katsu.

Next is a second noodle patty, pork katsu, pepper jack cheese, and a fried egg. To top it all off, the burger is finished with a final layer of ramen, American cheese, 12-spice seasoning, spicy mayo, pickle and eggplant.

All in all, it’s an impressive ramen burger stack that you have to taste to believe.

Katsu Burger will be carrying this Cup Noodles version of its Mt. Fuji for the next month.

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A NYC Filipino Taqueria Is Serving Up Their Take On A Sinigang Cup Noodles

A New York City Filipino favorite just joined Nissin Cup Noodles and tangy sinigang together in a mouthwatering combination.

The Sinigang Cup Noodles was created by Jordan Andino of Flip Sigi, a “Filipino Taqueria” that serves up classic eats from the Philippines in sandwich, taco, and burrito form. For Andino, this item is the fusion of his love for Nissin Cup Noodles growing up and one of his favorite traditional dishes.

For those who’ve never tried, sinigang is a tamarind-based soup that provides a bright, acidic punch of flavor. Andino’s spin involves braising beef short ribs in the broth for three and a half hours to perfectly contrast the richness of the meat.

He then combines that with Nissin Cup Noodles, tomatoes, scallions and carrots before garnishing the bowl with fries dusted in tamarind powder. The crispy spuds add a crunch that brings out the lusciousness of the noodles and beef, making for a full-on flavor and texture experience.

Andino’s dish bridges together traditional Filipino food and Nissin Cup Noodles in a standout explosion of taste that you have to try for yourself. It’ll be available at Flip Sigi as a special item for the entirety of November, while supplies last.

Photos by Marc Kharrat

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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 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 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 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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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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