Hungry? Like, really, really hungry? Then you need to visit the Tokyo noodle restaurant known as Ramen Shop, because if you can eat one of their huge bowls of ramen in a certain amount of time, your meal is free. [Image: horikiriten via 2ch]
If you fail the "jumbo ramen challenge", then you'll need to cough up 2000 yen ($25). That's for approximately 1kg of noodles and 1.5L of soup.
To put things in context, a bowl of ramen is usually around 800 yen ($10) and does not come with 1kg of noodles. Heh.
— ももも (@MomomoBomber) February 11, 2015
It really is jumbo ramen.
— ふーみん (@kangaru_o_noxyz) April 21, 2012
There is also an abura soba challenge in which you must eat around 3.2kg of noodles in 30 minutes.
Failing to do so means 3000 yen ($37), but if you are successful, it's free!
Via 2ch, let's see some brave challengers.
Dual chopsticks might be helpful.
Ditto for Mario hats.
Here's how it's done.
For most folks, I imagine the challenge would start like this.
And end like this.
So, what are your odds? According to Ramen Shop, the rate of successful challengers in 2015 was 32 per cent, but in 2014, it was 47.6 per cent and 44.1 per cent. Though, don't get your hopes up just yet because in 2012 it was 34 per cent and in 2011 it was 32.5 per cent.
Still, not impossible! If you can eat a lot (and I mean, a lot), then, by all means, perhaps give it a go the next time you are in Tokyo.