This is the price to cover “world’s greatest.”
Famous Japanese ramen joint Ichiran, crowned the world’s greatest from Forbes in 2016, recently opened a brand new foreign socket in Taipei, Taiwan.
People were so eager about it that there was a line outside the door for 10 days straight, according to Hong Kong-based news outlet EJ Insight.
Most patrons had to wait up to one hour and 40 minutes, with up to 200 ramen enthusiasts waiting in line at one time.
The 10-day line conquer Ichiran’s list of eight days, which happened in Hong Kong, when it opened a socket there.
The Fukuoka-based restaurant is famous for its tonkotsu pork stock ramen, and is features a unique seating arrangement, where clients eat alone and are served through a reed blind.
The chain’s new outlet in Taipei the restaurant’s third city beyond Japan boasts 60 seats, and is located in Taipei’s Xinyi district, the heart of Taipei’s retail and nightlife.
For those queues, which began on Jun. 15, there tents setup to accommodate people in line:
“I do not believe I can have the ramen today,” said this user.
“Damn, what’s happening?”
There were some who woke up early just to have ramen, and ended up having to queue anyway:
“#ImReallyAngry I believed waking up at 5.30am would mean that there was no queue. Sigh, what’s the deal here?”
Yet others proudly brandished their order chits in the gruelling wait:
However, it paid off for there in the early morning. EJ Insight reported that the average waiting period between 6 am and 10 am was only 35 minutes, with a mean of 40 to 100 people in the queue.
The restaurant’s peak hours lengths from 11pm to 3am, as sponsors of Xinyi’s bars and nightclubs head for a bowl of cheap ramen.
Ichiran charges just NT$288 ($9.47) per bowl of basic tonkotsu ramen in Taipei, cheaper compared to its sockets in Hong Kong and New York, in which the ramen is HK$89 ($11.41) and $18.90 respectively. A bowl of tonkotsu ramen in Japan costs 790 ($7.04).