Nothing Says Valentine's Day Like Chocolate Ramen

Illustration for article titled Nothing Says Valentine's Day Like Chocolate Ramen
Screenshot: TamaTV
Kotaku EastEast is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am.

Do you like chocolate? What about ramen? Well, this Valentine’s Day in Japan, people can eat chocolate ramen.


Once again, ramen chain Kourakuen is serving up “chocolate ramen” for a limited time only. The chocolate ramen is made with a shoyu (soy sauce) ramen base, then adding cacao oil and a chocolate bar.

This isn’t a first—the chain rolled out chocolate ramen for Valentine’s Day in 2019.

Supposedly, the chocolate ramen smells like, you guessed it, chocolate. The initial flavor impression is shoyu ramen, and the hot soup melts the chocolate, giving the shoyu broth a milky chocolate flavor.

This year, as Hachima Kikou reports, there is also white chocolate ramen. Yum! The noodles will be available until February 17.

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.


Arai-the fly on the wall

Before anyone judge anything, remember the earliest chocolate drink was made for royalty and prepared with corn and pepper.

Unsweetened cocoa powder/oil can be an interesting ingredient to explore for other thing.