Surprised something like this hasn't happened already--just shows how I often tend to overestimate what has been done in this world. The Japanese dish known as "yakisoba," a popular pan-fried noodle dish, made its official debut in Rome, Italy this week. Usually considered the birthplace of modern pasta as we know it (though other variations from the Middle East and China also existed), the ancient city got a taste of yakisoba thanks to a recent push of Japanese noodles through the country's embassy.
Coincidentally, Shirokiya (one of my favorite spots in Honolulu!) recently had an authentic "shoyu ramen" experience--for a couple of weeks only, one of the main ramen stalls near the department store's beer garden upstairs offered this special bowl via the president of the Japan Ramen Association. We caught it on the last day:
Perhaps since I'm not exactly the biggest ramen fan in general, the dish ended up being just ok for me. But it was just cool to taste what the official Japanese ramen organization wants you to taste when eating ramen, right? Culinary experiences like these two seem to be a growing trend from all cultures, lucky for all of us!