Friday, June 6, 2014

Ramen Burger Experiment

If you live in America, I'm sure you've heard of the Ramen Burger. It's one of the hottest food inventions in recent years and people are raving this east-meets-west concoction. The funny thing is that it's unheard of in Japan. 

Strangely enough, it did appear a couple of times at food festivals, but it was never successful most likely because it just wasn't that good. The ramen bun was dry and had an uncomfortable texture that sometimes hurt the insides of your mouth while the burger itself was a burger patty made with lots of fillers, so it's no wonder it didn't catch on. 

However Keizo Shimamoto, famous noodle master took care in constructing the ramen burger to make sure it was perfect. According to fans of this new-wave burger, the ramen bun should be slightly crunchy but soft on the inside. The burger should be of high-quality cooked medium rare with a secret sauce that's both sweet and salty topping off the entire thing. 

Now this is something I only read about because I live all the way in Tokyo but this got me intrigued and I suddenly had an intense desire to try and recreate it at home. As you can see from my picture, it was not a pretty sight but in my defense, it was a spur-of-the-moment experiment and as with all true experiments, the first time's rarely a success. 

My ramen bun was all over the place, visually unappetizing and I made my burger patty too thick. When I tried picking it up with my bare hands, it all came undone like a beautiful hairdo on a really bad day. 

So I will continue this experiement another day and I promise you that it will be near perfect the next time. Until then, hope everyone has an awesome weekend! Happy eating!

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