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The Prodigal Ramen Burger Returns

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For those not yet in the know, a Ramen Burger is essentially a standard hamburger with the two halves of the bun replaced by two conglomerations of ramen noodles. Featuring a soy-based sauce, the Ramen Burger was created in New York by Japanese-American chef Keizo Shimamoto, who even got as far as to show Conan O’Brien the right way to slurp ramen.

A Very Influential Burger

Only introduced in the summer of 2013, by 2014 the Ramen Burger had already been identified by Time Magazine as one of the 17 Most Influential Burgers of All Time.

As Shimamoto explains at Ramen.co: “I quit my job as a computer programmer to embark on a dream. A dream where the goal has always been to constantly live, learn, spread great ramen throughout the world, and to educate those who are unfamiliar with the traditional Japanese styles.” He’s also interested in bringing bento to America in both its store-bought and homemade forms.

Noodles in Nakano

Now with three shops in New York and another in Los Angeles, Shimamoto opened his first Japanese branch in May 2015, located just a few blocks south of Nakano station on Tokyo’s west side.