14. Koa’s Ramen ($180)
Ramen is a popular Japanese noodle dish served in meat or fish-based broth. It is available in almost every food stall throughout Japan.
By 1900, ramen was sold by Chinese people living in Japan on portable food stalls. After World War II, many Japanese who returned from their post in China and East Asia opened Chinese restaurants across Japan, making ramen popular. Then in 1980s, instant ramen noodles were invented by Momofuku Ando.
As Japanese culture goes global, ramen’s popularity increases. The number of restaurants serving ramen in many countries grows, including in United States. One of them is the Koa restaurant. Located in Manhattan, it serves a $180 gold-flecked ramen.
Chef Yuji Wakiya, the maker of this ramen, uses Japan-imported Kobe Wagyu steaks which are grilled on Binchotan (white charcoal). The meat then topped with truffles and gold leaf. And the broth is called shantan broth. It is made from a combination of pork, chicken, dried shrimp, dried scallop, and dried Konbu seaweed.
This ramen is only served in-house with a reservation. And if you order this dish, you get to take home a pair of gold-colored chopsticks as merchandise.