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Wildly popular ramen burger to encore twice

By Erika Engle

LAST UPDATED: 06:06 p.m. HST, Jan 22, 2014

The original ramen burger made famous by New Yorker Keizo Shimamoto that had hundreds of people lined up outside a Kakaako restaurant last week, will be offered two more times in Honolulu.

Shimamoto will return to Mark Noguchi's Taste Table at 667 Auahi Street beginning at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29 until 500 burgers sell out.

He will prepare another 500 ramen burgers for attendees at the Eat the Street event at 555 South St. from 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31.

The burgers cost $10 each and sales will be limited to two per customer.

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ellinaskyrt wrote:
Given that the Eat the Street theme this month is Philippines, I wonder if they'll make a Pinoy version of the Ramen Burger. Or Elena's (a regular at Eat the Street) might make a Pancit Burger.
on January 22,2014 | 02:37PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Maybe need to charge 25 dollars per burger and see how many show up. Is this burger patented? Otherwise local diners and restaurants will copy it and profit. Also I hope trans fat is zero in these Ramen Burgers. I have avoided The Big Mac as soon as I found out Big Macs have Trans Fat.
on January 22,2014 | 03:26PM
kainalu wrote:
Local restaurants have already copied it. What can't be copied however, is Shimamoto's "secret sauce". He says his sauce takes 6 hours to prepare, and while others have come close, they haven't been quite able to duplicate it exactly.
on January 22,2014 | 05:42PM
jomama wrote:
Who knew!
on January 22,2014 | 06:09PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
So everyone has Big Macs, Chili, Oxtail Soup, Wun Tun Min, Steamed Lobster, Tuna Fish Sandwiches, French Fries, etc. HOWEVER: only Hawaii has Saimin !!!!
on January 23,2014 | 12:00AM
ellinaskyrt wrote:

On his blog, Chef Keizo said that Ramen Burger is already trademarked and that he has a relative (brother? I can't remember) who is an attorney. He's stated that if anyone else tries to sell under the name "Ramen Burger" they'll pursue it legally. I don't blame him. The guy traveled to Japan to study ramen for several years and came up with a unique food concept. The reason why there are only several hundred available at a time because even for just that quantity, it takes nearly a day to make that many buns, and as kainalu pointed out, several hours also for the sauce.

People scoff at the hours-long wait but considering how long the effort is--I think the long lines are well-deserved reward for the effort, hard work and dedication the guy puts into it.

on January 23,2014 | 07:16AM
primo1 wrote:
The $10 charged per burger is the reward.
on January 23,2014 | 08:06AM
gmejk wrote:
You have to really be obsessed with food to wait that long in line for a burger....Sitting between two ramen "buns."
on January 22,2014 | 07:47PM
primo1 wrote:
Or just not have anything better to do.
on January 23,2014 | 07:47AM
sailfish1 wrote:
Do they give French fries and drink with the burger? Or is that another $10
on January 22,2014 | 08:22PM
primo1 wrote:
Only if you supersize...
on January 23,2014 | 07:42AM
LMO wrote:
I like the Ramen Burger. I make them at home. But $10 for a burger? Sheesh!
on January 23,2014 | 01:49AM
HanabataDays wrote:
For $10, the ramen better have some Red & White Kamaboko!
on January 23,2014 | 04:32AM
loquaciousone wrote:
HERE IS A GREAT IDEA! Why don't election officials offer ramen burgers to everyone who votes? We could set a record and have a 1000% voter turnout.
on January 23,2014 | 06:12AM
PMINZ wrote:
500 burgers sold - Yes "popular" but I would not call that "Wildly" popular. Not on my Menu. I prefer my Udon, Ramen, and Saimin in a Bowl or maybe sometimes Fried Saimin. Oh yes gotta have Hot Mustard and KimChee with it! maybe even Gau Gee. Oh must not forget my all time Favorite Zip Min!!!
on January 23,2014 | 07:05AM
primo1 wrote:
Try the saimin and sandwich combo at Dillingham Saimin - small saimin with a hamburger on the side. Ono! Cheaper ($9) and you don't need to wait in line for five hours...
on January 23,2014 | 07:54AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
primo, agree. For $9, it'd be a much better bargain to me. If the Ramen Burger was $5, I'd have a homeless guy wait in line for me and buy two. One for me, one for my homeless pal. Now THAT'S a deal worth waiting for.
on January 23,2014 | 08:53AM
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