Hundreds line up for the Ramen Burger!

By Lara Yamada
Published On: Jan 15 2014 11:56:20 AM HST
Updated On: Jan 16 2014 06:22:41 AM HST

It's about as local as plate lunch and shave ice. So when a guy from Brooklyn, New York came up with the Ramen Burger, you can bet getting a sample of it here in the islands would be huge.

Honolulu got a "Taste" of the Ramen Burger on Wednesday straight from the man who created it.

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Keizo Shimamoto from Brooklyn, New York was at the Taste Table in Kaka'ako with the help of his brother Jeff to give foodies in Honolulu a chance to eat the original Ramen Burger.

Jeff says it started at a flood flea market in Brooklyn.  Keizo posted his blog on a Wednesday.

"On Thursday, Good Morning America called.  On Friday, he was on Good Morning America," said Jeff Shimamoto.  "On Saturday, he had 400 people in line for 150 burgers.  It was just insane.  Since then, it's never stopped."

People were served starting at 11 a.m. and at one point the line went all the way from Auahi Street to Ala Moana Boulevard.

Hawaii Chef Mark "Gooch" Noguchi made his own version for a one-day pop-up at Taste with their 700 burgers going fast.  Very fast.

"Here in Hawaii, we love noodles.  We love hamburger.  So you would think it's a no-brainer,but like you said, Hawaii is a tough crowd and we like what we like and we're proud of that, so you never know," said Noguchi.

Ruby Kay with a "three-fer."  As did Jeanne Hill, who waited three hours to be one of the first in line to make sure she sampled her own.

"Oh my good.  It's good.  It's good.  It's worth the wait," said Hill.

But, for those at the end of the line, the taste of a new creation may this time be a dream on hold.  This turnout is likely a sign the Ramen Burger is up for an encore.

The burgers cost $10 each.  The Shimamoto brothers say they still sell some 300 of them in New York every Saturday.  They plan to open a shop in March.

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