Slurp. That's the sound of your neighboring co-worker enjoying a lunchtime bowl of ramen, a sound you've likely heard more frequently as of late. Ramen has never been hotter in the U.S. Japanese noodle shops are opening at unprecedented rates in major cities, often accompanied by lines stretching out the door and down the block. We've certainly hopped aboard the ramen express at Food Republic, and we have rounded up 20 of our favorite related stories here for your instant reading pleasure (see what we did there?). You'll find the best craft beers to pair with your ramen, an easy way to locate NYC's best noodle shops, videos on how ramen is made and how to most effectively slurp it (yes, there are techniques), and a James Brown commercial for instant ramen. That's right. Slide 17. You're welcome.
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