Food: Eat Ramen Noodles in Solitude

ichirannycOnce upon a time our Ramen team spotlighted Japanese Ninja restaurant in NYC, now there is a noodle shop that you can slurp in private.  The Japanese ramen chain Ichiran opens up it’s first location in Brooklyn.  Ichiran is known for their amazing pork broth.  The US restaurant location has a common area where ramen lovers who don’t want to be antisocial, but there is also private  booths where you can sit and eat your pork broth ramen noodle soup in solitude.

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Naruto Ramen Tees

naruto00Do you like watching the anime Naruto and eating ramen noodles?  This is a cool looking BAIT exclusive graphic tee picturing Naruto eating noodles.

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Food: Ramen Hunting in Sapporo

ramenalleysapporoSapporo the capital city of Hakkaido is known for their famous ramen dishes and Only in Japan visits the well-known Ramen Alley aka Ganso Sapporo Ramen Yokocho (元祖さっぽろラーメン横丁).  There’s around 17 ramen shops in this tiny alley located in the Susukino Entertainment District.  Many of these noodle restaurants have been serving ramen since the 1950s.

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Japan: Vending Machine Restaurant

automatdinercoverJapan is known for it’s high tech and advance vending machines where you can just get about anything.  There’s a restaurant with no staff and only vending machines serving food and drinks.  Located in Isesaki City, Gunma Prefecture which is 2 hours from Tokyo, there is a restaurant that uses only food vending machines – the Automat Diner.

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Chocolate Ramen

chocolateramenFor Valentine’s time only, a ramen chain shop in Toyko is serving up a ramen dish with chocolate.  The base of the soup is a lamb broth mixed with slices of pork, onions, pepper and chocolate.

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I Want Some Nissin Instant Ramen Noodles

ramennoodlesnissinadIf you’re an anime/manga fan or instant ramen noodle fan, you might find yourself enjoying this promo ad.  The commercial drops a lot of anime/manga references.  Now I’m hungry.

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Food: American Cuisine, Peking Duck and Noodles!

brooklynstarI said more than once than Munchies is one of my fave channels on the ‘Tube.  This episode of Chef’s Night Out takes a look at owner/chef Quino Baca’s Brooklyn Star restaurant and his favorite foodie spots.

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Food: Peking Duck & 1,000 Year Old Eggs in Berlin

ramennoodlesAnother Munchies episode with chefs on a night out on the town in Berlin, Germany.  This episode, Munchies follows co-owners Oliver Rother and Quirin Schwanck of restaurant Parker Bowles in Kreuzberg on their journey of eating out.  They stop by a Chinese restaurant in Charlottenburg called Good Friends and back to Kreuzberg for some Japanese ramen at Cocolo Ramen.

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Food: The Ramen Burger on Conan

ramenburgercocoI get hungry just watching this.   Team Coco gets to eat new foody fad – the Ramen Burger by Chef Keizo Shimamoto.  Chef Shimamoto created his own style of ramen noodles  to go with a beef patty.

Video Link:  Conan – Ramen Burger with Chef Keizo Shimamoto.

 

Jpop Summit & Ramen Festival 2014

jpop summit logoThe Ramen crew attends the annual Jpop Summit Festival in SF Japantown and Union Square.  The festival celebrates not just the genre of Jpop music, but also anime, manga, cosplay, and Japanese culture.  Also this year, they introduced the Ramen Festival this year which packed-in the crowds.

 

The Quest for Ramen

We recently visited San Francisco’s Japantown last weekend for the J-Pop Summit & Ramen Yokocho Festivals. I’ve got to say, out of all the events at Japantown this year, this was by far the busiest.

Day 1 – Saturday, July 19
Saturday kicked off the festivities and, the second we arrive, all we see is a large mass of people; the event was just super packed it was nearly impossible to get around. Attendance was definitely not an issue at this show – the turnout was through the roof. On top of the J-pop and Japanese culture festivities, there was the Ramen Yokocho Festival going on so we decided to get some from the food booths outside but we soon learned that the line to get a bowl of  ramen was a 3 hour wait! We absolutely did not want to wait that long so we thought of doing the smart alternative and just have ramen at one of the restaurants within the Japantown mall. Unfortunately, our plan had a big flaw – it turns out everyone else had the same idea which made it extremely difficult to get food anywhere. Lines for every restaurant went out the door and the only place we were able to get food with no crazy long line was across the street away from the mall and the sea of people. We decided to eat at a Korean restaurant named Arang where the wait was pleasantly normal. After finally having eaten we just spent the rest of the day scoping out what else the festival had to offer. The foot traffic was still bad outside on the street so, instead of dealing with the crowd, we decided to hang indoors in the west mall and check out the booths there. After checking out the awesome artist booths in there, we noticed that the amount of people outside had lessened considerably, so we went back out and checked out the booths that were set up on Post Street, which consisted of vendors like Kusopop, Lokisa, and a number of other cool dealers. After an exhausting day, we ducked into Daiso, picked up a few snacks, and called it a day. Sadly we never got ramen today but there’s always tomorrow.

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How Ramen Noodles Are Made :)

ramenfestivalGreat timing, our Ramen crew today will be at the Jpop Summit Festival here in San Francisco’s Japantown and will also be at the Ramen Street Festival for some yummy ramen eating fun.  Here’s a look at how ramen noodles are made.

 

Ramen Burger

ramen burgersFast food Japanese burger spot LOTTERIA with the help of ramen restaurant Menya Musashi will introduce the ramen burger for a limited time.  The burger contains ramen noodles of course, BBQ pork in a brown sauce, hamburger buns and fish sauce.  If you’re in Japan, this ramen burger will be on sale until June 2013.

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Sriracha Custom Dunny Figure

Coming this Friday, November 30, 2012 for 1 day ONLY – Sket One will be selling a cool custom Dunny figure – Sketracha Hot Chili Sauce 8″.  This limited production figure will also feature green chopsticks and bamboo mat.

MSRP:  $450.00USD (yes, it will cost $450 bucks.)

For more info, go to:  Sket One – Sketracha Hot Chili Sauce 8″.

Production I.G x Mercedes Benz x Ramen Noodles

How does Mercedes Benz launch a new car?  Well, Mercedes Benz Japan teams up with famed anime house – Production I.G (Batman Gotham Knights, Halo Legends & Ghost in the Shell) for the launch of the new Mercedes Benz A-Class.  This short anime film follows 3 protagonists chasing a ramen food truck in the city.

Okay, I’m hungry for noodles now.

Food: Jajangmyeon

One big yummy bowl of Jajangmyeon!

Jajangmyeon on a rainy day is awesome comfort food.  Check out this big bowl of noodles with black bean sauce!  My mouth is watering just from looking at this picture.  This is one of the most popular dishes in Korea.  Watching Kdramas like Coffee Prince and With Yoo Hee made me want to eat Jajangmyeon all the time!

Black Bean Sauce Noodles

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