Ramen with Gold Leaf Topping

Available at several stores of Zendoya, a ramen chain in Japan for a limited time period, the gold leaf topping costs an additional 5,000 yen plus tax.


Large Char Siu Ramen of Ramen Taketora (らーめん たけ虎) in Shibuya, Japan

Char siu (roasted pork) hanging on the side of the whole bowl

The price of each bowl is 1,480 yen (tax included).

Used Car Dealership in Tottori Japan Recognized by the Michelin Guide for its Ramen

Jonny wrote . . . . . . . . .

Although the Michelin Guide was started by a tire company over a century ago as a guide to fine dining, it’s practically unheard of for the organization to recognize the auto industry. But that is what happened last month when Hot Air, a used auto shop in Tottori that also happens to serve ramen, was the unlikely recipient of Michelin recognition.

Katsumi Yoshida opened Hot Air in 2002. But while specializing in Suzuki cars like the Alto, Kei and Swift, he also maintained a significant interest in the ingredients to ramen broth like chicken bones, dried sardines and salt. He approached ramen with the precision of an engineer, making incremental improvements to his process to create the perfect additive-free broth.

In 2012 Yoshida decided to renovate a meeting space within his dealership, placing tables and chairs and officially began serving ramen. Slowly, and by word-of-mouth, Yoshida’s peculiar ramen shop’s reputation began to spread. And earlier this year he was visited by man in a suit who, after dining, revealed himself to be a Michelin official.

Last month in October the “Michelin Guide Kyoto Osaka + Tottori 2019” was released and, sure enough, Hot Air was mentioned as “Bib Gourmand,” a distinction that “recognises restaurants offering quality food at a maximum of 5,000 JPY” (a bowl of ramen at Hot Air goes for about 800 JPY).

Source: Spoon and Tamago

In Pictures: Ramen of Japanese Restaurants in the U.S.

Spicy Ramen with Potato Whipped Cream

Available at Mentoku (麺徳) Ramen in New York