People standing in line to sample Ramen Burgers

Posted Sep 14, 2013 by Mike White
What kind of food is it that a line of 250 would form for three hours in Brooklyn to sample? It was a Ramen Burger, and while 250 people were in line, the creator of the burger had only planned on making 150, before so many people heard about it.
the Ramen Burger
the Ramen Burger
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"I had no idea how this happened," Ramen Burger creator Keizo Shimamoto said, according to "It's crazy," he said of the all-beef sandwich, sandwiched between two ramen noodles, which are used as buns. It is garnished with green onions, a secret Shoyu sauce and arugula. The burger has a sweet and a salty taste.
Apparently the press had created the hype, according to the article. He showed up, and a lot more people than he expected were waiting to try the sandwich. He will continue to be at the location, the Brooklyn flea market, on Saturdays, and the market will be open until November 24.
Shimamoto said he had to experiment with a variety of recipes to create a perfect ramen noodle bun. He said although people think the bun is crisp, because they see it on the grill, when the eat it, they notice it is actually soft. It will not break apart, but Shimamoto said the reason it won't is a secret.
Shimamoto is from Los Angeles. The former programmer quit his job to follow his passion. He is a second generation American. He said that Tokyo has Ramen Burgers, but they are not made from beef patties.
According to, the Ramen Burger is being compared as a food craze to the cronut, which is croissant dough fried like a doughnut. According to another story, the cronut sold out of its first run in 40 minutes. The Ansel Bakery in New York City sells all 200 of its daily cronuts out minutes after opening. The cronuts sell in various places for from $20-$40 each.
Reportedly, a number of people have been fighting to taste the Ramen Burger.
Shimamoto said in Japan the Ramen Burgers are made with pork. He wanted to make his with beef, because as a child he loved burgers. He says he uses fresh noodles, not the instant kind sold in supermarkets.
"I cook the noodles and form the bun, and then when we put the burger together, we lightly pan fry it," he explained in the article cited earlier. He sold out of his 150 burgers at $8 apiece. The next weekend he sold about 350, and there were a total of 500 in line who wanted one.
According to, his burger has a 75 to 25 lean-to-fat ratio.
In 2008 Shimamoto started a ramen blog--Go Ramen. He traveled around Las Vegas, Nevada and California sampling ramen noodles. He also traveled to Japan and ate 55 bowls of ramen noodles.