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Tim Anderson teams up with Matsudai Ramen

Cult ramen joint Matsudai Ramen has teamed up with renowned MasterChef Champion, cookbook author and Japanese food authority Tim Anderson to launch two limited-edition Ramen Kits.

Since it was first founded as a pop-up in 2019, Cardiff-based Matsudai Ramen has delivered tens of thousands of ramen kits to every corner of the UK, receiving praise from culinary heavyweights such as Tom Parker Bowles, Melissa Thompson, Andi Oliver and Jay Rayner.

This will be the second time that Matsudai founder James Chant has collaborated with Tim; last year, they joined forces to launch a limited edition curry goat ramen kit which sold out in less than 48 hours; profits from the sale of the kits were split between two mental health charities and raised more than £3,800.


Matsudai will be working their ramen kit magic to create exclusive versions of three recipes from Tim’s brand-new book, Ramen Forever: Recipes For Ramen Success.

In November, ramen fans will be able to enjoy two versions of a spicy Hokkaido curry ramen:

Creamy chicken, pork + seafood paitan soup with curry-miso tare + mala mix; aromatic lard; thick, wavy noodles; pork shoulder chashu; wakame; and spring onions.

Vegan dashi with curry-miso tare + mala mix; aromatic oil; thick, wavy noodles; organic tofu chashu; wakame; and spring onions.

Both Tim and I love Japanese curry (and curry ramen) so this was a no brainer. Tim gave me some help with our Matsudai Chippy Lane ramen kit last year, and we’ve been chatting about collaborating again since then, so we’re thrilled to be bringing those ideas to life with these kits.” explained James.

Throughout December, Matsudai will be whipping up a festive ‘Christmas ramen’ complete with confit turkey leg and succulent turkey breast with crispy shallots and pickled cranberries. With delivery available on Fridays and Saturdays up until 22nd December, it could even be a contender for this year’s Christmas lunch:

Creamy chicken + turkey paitan soup; shio-shoyu hybrid tare; custom thick wavy noodles; turkey oil; confit turkey leg; sous vide turkey breast; crispy shallots; and pickled cranberries.

“Turkey has a bad rap in the UK, but if you cook it properly, it is a delicious, succulent, flavourful bird - which also makes a really great ramen!” said Tim.

All three kits will be available for UK-wide delivery, and profits from the sales will once again be split between two charities - Oasis Cardiff and Praxis - who both work to provide support for migrants and refugees.

The limited-edition kits are expected to sell out quickly; ramen lovers are advised to sign up to the Matsudai Ramen newsletter to get first access when the kits go on sale this Friday (29th September).

Of this most recent collaboration with Matsudai, Tim said, “I’ve been obsessed with ramen for 20 years, and I’ve been making it for roughly half of those years. My new book, Ramen Forever, is an attempt to document what I’ve learned along the way. Learning about ramen is a journey that never, ever ends and I’m happy to continue that journey alongside Matsudai, who have made all of us in the UK up our ramen game!”


Finally, on 16th and 17th January, the Matsudai & Tim Anderson collaboration will continue with two supperclub dates at Matsudai’s Cardiff restaurant. Though the menu is still being developed, James and Tim have revealed that there will be a ‘fire theme’ to the small plates, ramen bowls and desserts on offer; tickets will go on sale this Friday (29th) priced £55pp plus booking. You can sign up to the mailing list for first access to tickets by clicking here.

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