The unlikely worlds of Michelin and instant ramen have come together in the form of convenience store offerings created by Tsuta, the world’s first Michelin-starred ramen restaurant.
The restaurant has partnered with convenience store chains Circle K and Sunkus to distribute two products inspired by restaurant offerings that people can enjoy in the comfort of their own homes and without the hours-long wait to actually eat at the restaurant.
A Tsuta-designed instant ramen that is meant to be eaten cold features thin noodles and a soy-based broth, which is enhanced with chicken bouillon, fish stock, and other flavorings to mimic the truffle extract in the restaurant’s in-house ramen, details Rocket News 24. It is being sold for 498 Yen ($4.60 USD) at Circle K and Sunkus stores across Japan, except for branches in Kyushu.
Stores in Kanto will be selling the restaurant’s second convenience store dish: Makanai Niku Meshi. Manakai, “simple arranged dishes restaurant workers often make for themselves by combining whatever ingredients they’ve got on hand,” is the inspiration for this dish, which features rice flavored by a white truffle extract sauce with chunks of chashu pork. It costs 360 Yen ($3.27 USD).
New to ramen? Check out our beginner’s guide to ramen styles.