For those searching for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for the foodie in your life, look no further than your friendly local ramen shop. No, this is not some kind of April Fools Joke, but an amazing culinary mash up brought to you by Mensho. This shop is a well-known ramen store known for their version of tsukemen (a dish where instead of noodles being in broth, you dip them in broth instead) made out of lamb bone that is quite rare to find. However, they have spent 9 years perfecting this culinary masterpiece, just in time for the upcoming romantic holiday.
In conjunction with a local chocolate maker, Mensho has come up with their own first-of-its-kind chocolate ramen. This sweet treat is offered for a limited time only around the Valentine’s Day holiday, which is huge in Japan. There are stores that set up giant displays for this holiday alone. It is not surprising that in the land of ramen, that they would come up with the perfect way to enjoy the noodle dish during the Valentine’s Day season. The group, which has 7 stores all over Tokyo (from Shinjuku to Ikebukuro), is running this special only from February 1st, 2016, until February 14th, 2016, so make sure to get your bowl soon.
To be clear, neither the broth nor noodles have actual chocolate in them. The base broth is soy with garlic and contains their delicious noodles. The chocolate chunks are actually put into the broth itself to add the richness and flavor. Despite the resultant dark color, the sweetness offsets the garlicky broth, perfect for those who like the sweet and salty combo. Some customers even drink up the remaining soup as a sweet dessert-like treat!
So hurry down to Mensho for your try at this sweet ramen, perfect for Valentine’s Day. Starting at 880 yen, it’s not only cost effective, but a great way to share a meal with your sweetheart. If the way to one’s heart is truly through the stomach, this would be the perfect place to start.
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