In Japan, eating ramen is not a leisurely activity: It takes the average diner just 13 minutes to eat an entire bowlful. It’s enough time to enjoy the food, but not enough time for it to get cold. This Thursday, guests at the LUCKYRICE Ramen Slurpfest hosted by Bombay Sapphire East will get a crash course in eating ramen Japanese-style. There will be four different ramen stations and diners will have 13 minutes at each to slurp down the ramen with speed and gusto. Participating restaurants include Hide-Chan Ramen from Japan, Ken’s Ramen from Providence, Rhode Island, Gomaichi Ramen from Honolulu and Crane Ramen from Gainesville, Florida. We chatted with chef Frederick Brown from Crane to get his tips on the best way to eat a whole bowlful of ramen in 13 minutes without sacrificing proper ramen etiquette.
Get close to the bowl and dive in.
“Get yourself and your face over the bowl, so you really get that aroma,” Brown says. “You have to eat it fast. When it gets to you, the broth is hot, the noodles are perfect—that’s when you want to eat it.”
Use both hands.
“I am right-handed, so I hold my chopsticks in my right hand and the spoon in my left and they work in tandem,” he says. “Use the spoon to taste the broth first, see how that is, then dig in with the chopsticks.” Brown recommends scooping up less than a mouthful of noodles and holding them over the spoon as you eat them.