Mmm, Intestine Flavored Noodles

Standing in line this morning to buy food so I could make it through my three-hour Japanese class, I was casually browsing the shelves next to me in case something looked better than the melon bread in my hot little hand. At that hour of the morning, I’m usually still too brain dead to be bothered to read the packages, but this one really jumped out at me: HORUMON. Really?! Intestine-flavored Instant Noodles? I’ll take a dozen! Not.

On the other hand, to be fair, the intestines I’ve eaten here in Japan have all been prepared in surprisingly tasty ways (no, really!), it’s just that the actual bits of intestines are a little challenging, texture-wise. But instant noodles hardly ever have actual meat in them, so maybe inside this package there’s a super-duper Extract Of Intestines packet of flavoring that delivers all the lip-smacking tastiness of horumon without that pesky rubberiness!

Am I feeling lucky? Should I skip breakfast tomorrow and try some…?

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