Everyone loves soupy noodles, but it’s fair to say that ramen peaked this decade and is now, thankfully, in something of a retreat. Ushered in at the beginning of the decade with the help of a dearly departed food magazine, ramen thoroughly invaded every crevasse of our collective gastrointestinal system, in all its salty, collagen-y, finger-swelling glory.
While still attended to with an otaku-like ferocity by some, ramen’s descent from food to meme can possibly be traced to 2013, when Keizo Shimamoto trotted out the ramen burger at Brooklyn’s Smorgasburg food fair. Do we still like and appreciate ramen? Yes. Could we eat another bowl of tonkotsu ramen anytime soon? No, no we couldn’t.