The bragging rights are finally ours, 2 of the world’s most eaten foods in a hybrid, the experience of a burger first of its kind to hit the UK, the phenomenon, the global sensation that is Ramen Burger. Originally created by Keizo Shimamoto from NYC, the city to also bring you Cronuts, Shoryu’s Soho branch on October 1st was about to serve up 100 of its limited edition Ramen burgers to customers on a first come first serve basis.
What will the ramen buns feel like in between our hands? Is it going to be sloppy??
Calm yourselves, I will get to that later.
But first, let’s look at the
evil beautiful portrayals of iconic fast foods marketing campaigns on the left want you to see and as how we expect them to be every time we head under the golden arches of e.g. McDonalds. The reality we face to the lesser extent are the ones on the left but more the battered factory seconds on the right rotated to the most attractive angle.
Image courtesy of 9GAG
For £7, we expect -
Image from here
We got -
Dashi seasoned, pan-fried ramen bun filled with marinated beef sukiyaki, cheese, lettuce, tomato,
beni shoga, ginger and spring onion
WHAT. HAVE WE BEEN SHORTCHANGED?
In retrospect our fatal error was holding onto the image of that voluptuous burger in our minds, like dangling a carrot in front of a donkey and legging down shaftsbury avenue pushing over tourists taking pictures of the Piccadilly fountain. All the effort we made to get here felt in vain and is another shining example of how reality fell hard on its face.
The size of the burger didn’t even come into question until the tiny starter plate was brought in by the waiter. In front of us laid the most naked/scared looking thing I have ever seen, shivering.
With myself most concerned about the size and Sammi about the taste, our initial thoughts of wanting antacids to counteract the amount of gas/vex was later shifted to:
- Notice the burger to plate ratio, on starter plates
- Tiny shreds of beef hidden under a skirt of lettuce
- Ramen slightly charred and lacking in shine
- Pieces were hardened from over-cooking
- There was hardly any
2. Ramen Bun:
- Soggy from boiling
- Dry from frying
- Chewy like gum
3. Sauces/other fillings
- The sauce was nice
- The tomato was sliced too thick and it made the burger that much harder to grasp
Reluctantly we ended up using chopsticks post losing the filling to the plate beneath. Have you ever seen anyone eat a cheeseburger with knives and fork? This was basically 1/4 portion of beef noodles at a Chinese restaurant for £7. Are you mad?
Bouncing back with an air of positivity though, the sauce was nice.
To sum it up in a concise and constructive manner, please double the burger in size, add in a side and then you can charge diners £7 a plate.
Be well fed and money wise by heading over to your local supermarket and buy the following – 2 packets of shin noodles, beef mince, a head of lettuce and a tomato. I’m feeling extremely generous so I will even throw in a recipe to enhance your viewing pleasure.
How to Make Your Own Delicious Ramen Burger (mashable.com)
For an alternative burger with a rice bun instead, head over to Yaki for an absolute corker of a time.
We also ordered some hirata buns to substantiate our dinner.
Two BBQ pork buns for £6 (must be same filling)
Sammi’s parting words – The buns felt like they stayed in the steamer for too long, you know, when the condensation starts to drip onto the buns making it soggy and dense. However, the BBQ pork was tender.
For an alternative, I highly recommend Yum Buns.
What’s next? The mac n cheese burger? oh wait …
Be sure to check out Sammi’s wonderful gastronomic creations, reviews and make up blog – that girl does everything!