1. A 'Ramen Rave' happened in Melbourne
On October 28, Supernormal played host to an exclusive 'ramen rave' featuring ramen legend Ivan Orkin. For $99AUD, diners could try Orkin's signature shio ramen alongside other snack and drink while live DJs set the mood to a soundtrack of Japanese disco. I'm a big fan of Orkin and so sad I missed this -- but Melbourne is obviously a ways away from the Bay so I'm relegated to vicariously creeping the event via Instagram.
2. Ippudo to open a branch in Paris
It's been a busy season for Ippudo (aka my favorite ramen spot ever). Not only did they celebrate their 30th anniversary by giving away free ramen but they are planning to open an outpost in Paris. To celebrate the opening, Ippudo is partnering with fashion designer Mihara Yashiro (who designed the staff's uniforms) and automaker Renault (which provided the custom Ippudo van pictured above). This location will be the eigth, in addition to locations in Japan, NY, LA, Singapore, London, and the Netherlands.
3. Sun Noodle and Lucky Rice cohost Slurpfest in NYC
On October 22nd, noodle production powerhouse Sun Noodle teamed up with Lucky Rice to bring another ramen-related bash to New Yorkers. The third annual Slurpfest featured four regional styles of ramen and guests were encouraged to slurp it down in 13 minutes (the average time noodles are eaten in Japan) before moving on to the next bowl. *Sigh* another ramen event I can only enjoy vicariously via social media :(
4. Japanese man reviews over 5,600 brands of instant noodles
Tashio Yamamoto, one seriously dedicated Japanese man has published two books detailing the taste, nutrition, characteristics, and more of over 5,600 types of instant noodles. This endeavor took 20 years and is thoroughly documented via his books and on his blog and YouTube channel. I am astounded since I don't think I could ever hold a candle to his level of dedication as it's been over a year since I published my last volume of Noodle News.