Taipei’s first Ichiran Ramen outlet, which opened on June 15, has set a record of having customers queuing up outside the shop for 240 hours straight as of 11 a.m. on Sunday.
That beats its own record of 196 hours set in Hong Kong in 2013, when the popular restaurant chain opened an eatery in Causeway Bay, hk01.com reports.
The new noodles shop, located in the Taiwanese capital’s Xinyi district, has 60 seats. When the Hong Kong shop opened, it only had 36 seats, although the capacity was later increased to 93.
Taipei became Ichiran’s third overseas outlet outside of Japan, after New York and Hong Kong.
According to Taiwan’s social media platform OpView, it received as many as 20,000 online posts about Ichiran within the first week of its opening.
Most of the netizens complained about the long queuing time to get a seat at the famous restaurant. Others said they were incorrectly billed by the busy staff and the food prices were high.
One media outfit said the average waiting time between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. is 35 minutes, with an average of 40 to 100 people in the queue.
Between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m., the average waiting time is 100 minutes with easily over 200 people waiting in line, mostly patrons of bars and nightclubs in Xinyi district.
According to the Apple Daily, the 24/7 noodles shop charges NT$288 (US$9.49 or HK$74) for a bowl of basic ramen, which is cheaper that the price in Hong Kong (HK$89). Two slices of seaweed costs NT$38, while a bowl of plain rice is NT$58.
In Japan, a bowl of Ichiran’s basic ramen costs only 790 yen (HK$55), but foodies in New York will have to cough up US$18.9 (HK$147) for the same bowl of noodles.
Established in Fukuoka in 1960, Ichiran is famous for its pork-flavored Tonkotsu broth.
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