The world’s most expensive ramen is wagyu ramen which costs a whopping $180 per bowl. Japanese iron Chef Yuji Wakiya is serving his customers at his Manhattan restaurant KOA, where people can enjoy extravagant noodles-in-broth for $180 a bowl. The restaurant KOA’s wagyu ramen is the “world’s most expensive ramen” as reported by The Wall Street Journal.
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How Much Does a Bowl of Expensive Ramen Cost?
- A. $120
- B. $180
- C. $160
- D. $150
The meats used in the ramen are imported from Japan. First, it is grilled and arranged on Binchotan (white charcoal) grills. Later it is topped with truffles and twenty-four-carat gold leaves and Shatan broth. The Shantan broth is not an ordinary broth you buy from the shop, it is made from pork, dried shrimp, chicken, dried Kondy Seaweed mix, and dried scallop.
This wagyu ramen is served with the finest domestic ingredients, topped with 300 grams of A5 Japanese wagyu beef, gold flakes, and truffle oil.
The ramen dish also adds seasonal white and green asparagus. KOA’s expensive ramen is affordable as a one-time luxury, but this dish beats and takes Chef Shoichi Fujimaki’s place that held the title of the most expensive ramen for $110 per bowl.
Why Is Ramen So Expensive?
Ramen costs more than any other noodle because meats are imported from Japan. Preparing the stock for the soup is expensive too because it requires ingredients like pork bones, roast pork, soy sauce, fat, miso paste, and more.
Ramen is literally known as pulled noodles that is actually a Japanese noodle soup. It contains Chinese wheat noodles served in a meat or seldom fish-based broth, flavored with soy sauce or miso. The toppings are nori(dried seaweed), sliced pork, scallions, and menma. Ramen is Japan’s national comfort food, they have their own variation of ramen that includes the miso ramen of Hokkaido and the tonkotsu (pork bone broth) ramen of Kyushu. There is one ramen namely Mazemen that is not served in a soup, instead, it is served with a sauce like noodles.
Ramen is adopted from the Chinese wheat noodles. One theory claims that ramen was first discovered in Japan during the 1660s by the Chinese neo-Confucian scholar Zhu Shunsui. Another plausible theory states that ramen was introduced by Chinese immigrants in the late 19th or early 20th century.
As stated by the Yokohama Ramen Museum, ramen was invented in China and adopted by Japan in 1859. The original version of ramen had wheat noodles in broth and topped with Chinese style roast pork.