For Christmas, I'm having Strawberry Shortcake...yakisoba?

Good morning everyone,

It's looking like the slightly below normal temperatures will continue all week with highs around 13C or 14C (15.6C is normal). And my worst fear is looking more and more like reality...rain is forecast for Sunday-that's the day I run the race in Miyajima. On a rainy day, that race course can be treacherous. I hope the rain comes sooner or later than forecast...

In Japan, Christmas Eve is the biggest date night of the year. Traditionally, loving couples go out for a romantic dinner at a fancy restaurants, capping the meal with a slice of strawberry shortcake, with its sweetness and color scheme being a fitting metaphor for the Christmas season.

Of course, if you don’t have a special someone, you might want to avoid all those lovey-dovey couples by staying in and just eating some instant noodles. That doesn’t mean you can’t get in on the holiday fun, though, thanks to the latest offering from Myojo Foods, maker of the Ippei-chan brand of instant yakisoba.

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In December, Myojo will be adding a completely unexpected flavor to the Ippei-chan line: shortcake. The company has gone all-out in overhauling the ingredients to fit with the dessert theme, starting with the sauce, which combines the standard savory beef-extract sauce with fruit paste, mango chutney, and vanilla flavoring. The Ippei-chan mayo will also be infused with vanilla flavoring, and the noodles will also come with a topping pack containing dried strawberries, yogurt cubes, and brightly colored sugar.

While putting all that on yakisoba noodles is a pretty out-there concept, Myojo also released a chocolate-flavored Ippei-chan last year, and presumably wouldn’t be taking another swing at dessert pasta unless its previous effort sold reasonably well. We’ll have to wait until the shortcake flavor Ippei-chan goes on sale December 5th, priced at Y180, to see if this new effort is worth adding to our Christmas Eve spread this year. I'll let you know on December 6th...

Have a great day!


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