- INSIDER’s Herrine Ro visits Yuu Japanese Tapas in British Columbia, Canada, to try out the viral Beer Ramen.
- The Beer Ramen is an original dish that took over the internet in late 2018.
- Herrine interviews the owner about the inspiration behind the dish and sees how it’s made. She tries out the dish and says it doesn’t taste like beer, but cold ramen in a bonito-dashi broth.
Following is a transcript of the video:
Herrine: Oh, my God, that is so wild. Today we are at Yuu Japanese Tapas in Richmond, and it is home to the Insta-famous beer ramen. We did a video about the beer ramen a few months back. When I first saw this, I was so shocked. The beer ramen was one of those things where like, I had so many questions. Was, is the broth actually beer? Does it taste good? What does it taste like? Is it worth the hype? So to be in Vancouver in front of the restaurant where it all happened, I’m super excited to try it out. Let’s go do it. Oh, my God. Oh, my God. They’re so heavy. That’s something I was not expecting.
Julia Kubotani, Co-owner: We came up with the idea with the beer ramen because of the hot summer in Vancouver last year. We sit down and think about something cold, so I thought about beer and then cold ramen, so we combined them together. During the summer, it’s one of the bestseller and popular items on the menu. We sell about 500 beer ramen in a week. There’s actually no beer at all. By looking at it, basically the beer was just replaced by the bonito broth, the fish broth. The foam on the top is made of gelatin and the broth. The beer ramen is not only beer ramen itself but comes with either the choice of deep-fried boneless chicken or deep-fried vegetables. For going so viral, I did not expect it. I know it’s gonna be a good seller. People like it so as me, but I didn’t know it was gonna go that far. The reaction is kind of exciting, and one, they’re tempted to try out, but every time they try it out, they keep coming back for more. They like it and very refreshing for the hot summer.
Herrine: And I’m also totally in awe about the foam of the beer that’s on top because it actually has these little bubbles that resemble the head of a beer. It is truly unlike anything I’ve seen before. Oh, my God, that is so wild. Definitely not beer, but it’s super refreshing. Because we’re adding wasabi and scallions and nori into the already-cold broth, it tastes like Japanese dipping soba, just in a beer glass. It’s made with a, like a bonito-dashi broth, so obviously you’re not getting any kind of taste like beer, which is kind of bitter. This is more salty and just a very hint of seafood-y, and the noodles are cold and chewy, so this whole dish… is just like an homage to cold soba, chicken and beer, and the summer. And you know, a lot of times with creative foods like this that take over the internet, it’s a gimmick and the food actually doesn’t taste good. This one, they put a lot of thought into it, and the flavours all make sense, and it tastes actually good. You know what? I’m gonna pig out. I leave satisfied. Producer: Herrine, we’re done.
Herrine: No, we’re not done. We’re not done until I say that I’m done, and I’m not done.
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