The Second Michelin-Starred Ramen Joint

8430419507_f82c5e770b_kAfter Japan's Michelin stars for 2017 were revealed, it became clear that Tokyo reigns supreme. And one of Tokyo's 161 one-starred restaurants is Nakiryu, a ramen shop located in Otsuka (the same neighborhood as Toshima - the first ramen shop to receive a star in 2015).Unlike its ramen counterparts, Nakiryu is known for their dan dan noodles - spicy Sichuan noodles with ground pork and scallions. Meals cost between 800-1,000 yen (US$7-10) and with its newfound Michelin glory, the shop attracts very long queues. Image Courtesy Ramen Adventures

Anti-Social Ramen Chain, Ichiran, Opens in US

ichiran-new-yorkThe popular Japanese ramen chain, Ichiran, has opened its first US shop in Brooklyn, NY. Ichiran focuses on what they call “low interaction dining” where guests dine alone in booths and focus solely on their food. Diners are not greeted upon arrival, nor do they need to speak to a server to order. Customers check their ramen preferences on a menu printed on a chopstick sleeve which is placed over an electronic eye on each table.While Yardbird’s motto is “sharing is caring”, Ichiran’s success reveals that sometimes, people just don’t want to share. Some say it's the delicious ramen, others say it’s the mindfulness of eating without distractions, but with 60 locations in Japan and Hong Kong that are open 24/7 and crowds waiting to dine at the new NY outpost, Ichiran is definitely on to something. Or maybe we just need a little solo time with a big bowl of hot noodles once in a while. Image Courtesy: Grub Street