Lilian Min
Updated Aug 27, 2015 @ 6:52 am
neon udon

When it comes to the color of your food, there are really only a couple of requirements: If you’re not a professional chef, everything should remain within a reasonable color spectrum. Just ask Bridget Jones who famously served accidentally blue soup. It’s true, half of eating is just finding the food appetizing to look at. So it’s with a curious mind and a questioning stomach that we present: Neon udon.

For those of you going “What is thaaaaat,” it’s the Japanese noodle dish udon (the plumper version of everybody’s favorite, ramen), except dropped in radioactive waste and left to mutate. Despite the eye-searing colors (and oh, they’re searing), these dishes are supposedly totally edible, and would taste like regular udon: No weird flavor combinations, no acidic aftertaste, nothing. We’re not sure “weird” covers how we feel about the images, and while we’re not lusting after it the same way we would, well, a “regular” bowl, we can’t say we’re not curious.

While East Asian countries and Japan in particular are known for having wacky fun with their food (beyond black and pink burgers, Munchies tuned us into blue curry and ramen, and that Burger King perfume), neon udon is perhaps the logical next step in the weird food wars. According to Kurare, the “mad food scientist” behind the colorful creations, this neon udon was created as his entry to the Unbelievable Science Festival in Osaka, Japan. As for the inspiration behind the color choices? He credits both the video game Splatoon (“The game uses many fluorescent colors, I love that game!”) and Disneyland’s Electrical Parade.

Would you eat these neon noodles? Honestly, this is far from the weirdest food presentation we’ve ever seen. We’ll stick to our neighborhood noodle joint’s more classical variations for now, but only because Kurare’s creations aren’t available for sale (yet).

H/T Munchies. Images courtesy of Kurare.