The made-in-Taiwan Q-cup ramen is a “Kyushu garlic” flavor (read tonkotsu and garlic) and features pig-faced naruto. I’ve always been a sucker for instant ramen with “piggy naruto”, though I never could figure out the relationship between pigs and naruto, but I digress.
The bowl ramen is barely half the size of most other bowl ramen, and is for anyone looking for a quick, light snack. Toppings are typical: corn, bits of carrots, cabbage, and green onions. And, oh, I think I found one small corn-kernel-sized piece of meat. The meat actually has a distinct pork flavor to it, unlike a lot of the “mystery meat” slices you get with some of the cheaper bowl ramen, and it tasted like an itsy-bitsy piece of salted hard ham.
The noodles were typical instant ramen noodles, not the thinner noodles you’d expect with “Kyushu” ramen. They were a bit bland, and even though I accidently cooked them a bit longer than you’re supposed to (darn timer didn’t go off), the noodles didn’t absorb much of the soup flavors.
The should-be-more kotteri soup was also a bit thin. It was very garlicky, but lacked more complex flavors and was even a bit on the watery side.
This average instant ramen should appeal to garlic-lovers and people with stomachs the size of peas. Q-cup Kyushu garlic ramen gets a middling 6 out of 10.