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Japanese Ramen: Is it a Hype?

Chemicalkinetics | May 5, 201504:18 PM

Before we begin, I just want to say that we will be talking about real Japanese Ramen cooked to perfection, not $1 for 10 package of instant noodle.

We have noticed a fairly big explosion of Ramen shops in the US major cities for the past few years.

Many people believe it is just a little hype and it will pass. In other words, the number of ramen shops has passed the long-term sustainable number.

At first, this seems like a reasonable assessment, but the more I look around, the most I question it. For the last 10 years, I have seen more Vietnamese Pho shops than Japanese Ramen shops. There are also many more Chinese wonton noodle shops as well. So why do people say the Japanese Ramen is a hype, but I don't remember people calling Vietnamese Pho or Chinese wonton a hype?

What do you think? Do you think Japanese Ramen trend is a hype or do you think this is just the tip of the iceberg?

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