The Line At This Ramen Shop Was 240 Hours Long

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By Cooking Panda

They say time is money, but for some people, time is ramen. 

We all know that great things are worth the wait. 

In fact, some of the best things in life are those that take the longest time to achieve, those we wait hours, days, months and even years to reach. 

Apparently, ramen is one of those things worth waiting for … 240 hours of waiting, to be exact.

A new ramen place in Taiwan was so popular that it had a record-breaking 240-hour-long line out the door, Hong Kong Economic Journal reports. 

Yep, that’s 10 days. That better be some universe-altering ramen. 

The ramen shop in question is Ichiran ramen, a popular Japanese ramen chain that, according to Forbes contributor Geoffrey Morrison, serves the best ramen in the world. 

And there’s a lot of good ramen out in the world (and no, the cups of instant ramen you hoarded in college do not belong in this category).

When the first Ichiran ramen shop in Taiwan opened on June 15, there was already a line of about 200 people waiting on the sidewalk just to taste this supposedly glorious ramen, according to Munchies.

Or maybe they were just doing it for the Instagram? Doubtful.

Ichiran is famous for its Tonkotsu ramen, which is a pork-flavored broth.

Upon Ichiran’s Taipei opening at 11 a.m. on June 15, a line formed out the door that continued for 10 days straight, according to Hong Kong Economic Journal.

Keep in mind, the Taipei restaurant only has 60 seats.

Ichiran actually broke its own record of a 196-hour line, which occurred during the opening of one of its restaurants in Hong Kong.

I wouldn’t be surprised if people had pitched tents out there, or even built temporary houses for that matter.

Either way, that’s a long time to wait for a bowl of ramen. And since the restaurant is open 24/7, there’s no going back in the early morning to secure a better place in line.

In fact, the average wait time for the Taipei Ichiran between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m. is 100 minutes with easily more than 200 people in line. 

Like I said, this must be some earth-shattering ramen.

Either that or its the only late-night place open to feed the drunk evening crowds. But that’s doubtful.

If you’re a ramen fan living in the U.S., you should know that there’s an Ichiran in New York City.

You’ll have to shell out nearly $20 for a bowl of the ramen there (in Japan the same bowl is 790 yen, or around $7), but I guess it’s still cheaper than a flight to Asia!

And if it’s good enough to rack up a 240-hour-long line, maybe it’s worth it. 

Sources: Hong Kong Economic Journal, Munchies, Forbes / Photo credit: Jpatokal/Wikimedia Commons

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