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Ramen Boy Gets His Own Place Behind Jing'An Temple

By Nov 7, 2019 Dining

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Big life changes for Ramen Boy! The instant noodle bible is back, and this time it has its own place to live. Ramen Boy used to just be this stocked shelf of instant ramen packets in Taiwanese eatery Bistro Bonbon, operating during the day. Run by an insatiable ramen fan, who has allegedly tried 300 different kinds when last we checked, and at one point ate instant noodles every day for two years, it seems the ramen venture has become promising enough to spin off into its own thing on Xikang Lu.

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Ramen Shanghai

It's just off the intersection between Xikang Lu and Nanyang Lu, a stone's throw from SOHO and Shanghai Center. Spot it in a courtyard with a glass cabinet full of ramen packets, and one of those little shoulder-high curtains that tell you it's a ramen shop.

Ramen Shanghai

Ramen Shanghai

The wall of ramen is even bigger than before, and there're like six people working there. The menu/"bible" still features 100 types of ramen from everywhere in Asia, with creative toppings, sporting (Chinese) descriptions of flavors, spiciness ratings, etc. The final bowl is still hit and miss, but it feels friendly, genuine and they still serve your bowl of 38rmb curly-wurly instant noodles on a mat with the actual ramen packet next to it for your perusal and scrutiny.

Ramen Shanghai

Ramen Shanghai

Chico "Ramen Boy" Ngou says he moved to this new spot because he wanted to be able to sell ramen all day long, not just during the day. He's still behind the counter, very much involved and seems to be enjoying himself. Good on him. Good for him. Ramen boy becoming a ramen man.

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Ramen Boy is at 112 Xikang Lu, near Nanyang Lu / 泡面男孩 西康路112号, 近南阳路. It's open from 11am-9pm.

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