Japan Loves Ramen So Much They Have A Museum Dedicated To It
Oodles of noodles.
It’s no secret that the latest food craze to sweep Australian foodies off their feet is ramen, an umami-loaded noodle soup originally from Japan. Hell, Melbourne loves its ramen so much, it’s now available 24 hours a day.
But you can’t call yourself a true fan without a pilgrimage to the Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum, a “food-themed amusement park” that has operated in Yokohama, Japan since 1994.
Make a journey to the source to learn about the history of ramen and its importance in Japanese culture, as well as sample prime offerings from the nine best noodle shops in the world, which have all opened special stalls in a section of the museum designed to look like a streetscape straight out of 1958.
Thin noodles, thick noodles, wrinkly noodles, straight noodles, miso broth, pork bone broth, vegetarian, spicy, sweet, with bamboo, tuna or fishcakes – it’s all there.
If you just can’t get enough, there’s even a museum gift shop that offers instant versions of every ramen variety under the sun, plus a booth where you can create your own custom flavor. Drooling yet?
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