It is difficult to predict and understand how fashions work, but what is clear is that they also affect the gastronomic world. The United States, and specifically New York, are usually at the center of many of them, and from there it is precisely threatening a new product that is apparently causing a furor. Is the call Ramen Burger, a hamburger formed by a noodle base of ramen as bread.
Surely by now the majority already know the cronut, that invention of a Manhattan bakery that is defined as a mixture between donut and croissant. It quickly became an exclusive new product that "had to be tested", generating great expectation and long lines to get one. This is how fashions work, in a slightly absurd way, and in the same way they arrive they leave. While the cronut is spreading all over the world, in New York it is now the ramen burger that threatens to become the new culinary fashion.
What is the Ramen Burger? As with the cronut, its name is quite explicit. Is about a hamburger in which the classic muffin is replaced by a ramen noodle dough compacted and fried in disc-shaped portions. The rest of the hamburger remains the same, with veal and the typical ingredients and sauces that can vary according to the taste of each one.
This new creation is the work of Keizo Shimamoto, a specialist in cooking with noodles, who presented it in society a few days ago at the Smorgasburg, an outdoor gastronomic fair or market held in Brooklyn on weekends. Shimamoto tried to create a lot of expectation before officially opening his new product, generating long lines of audiences and critics that hoped to be able to take control of one of the 150 unique units that would be elaborated that day.
According to those who have already tried it, Ramen Burger has the flavor you could expect given its appearance. Noodle dough It is crispy outside, but when biting it reveals a juicy interior that blends with the meat of the hamburger and the special sauce, which creates a slight contrast of sweet and savory in the final set. At the moment, the noodles that are used for this hamburger are basic, with no more flavor than that of the dough and the oil in which they are fried, but it is likely that noodles of different types will be used in the future.
Apparently the Ramen Burger has been a success both for depleting its stocks and for the reactions of those who have tried it. Shimamoto's plans are to open a store dedicated specifically to his novel creation, waiting for the novelty factor to be repeated and attract the public, but also with interest in creating a fixed clientele that repeats. I do not know if I am convinced of the idea of using fried noodles as a bread dough, but we will have to wait to see if this new culinary fashion extends beyond modern New York environments.