Making its debut mere weeks ago during the first weekend of August, the ramen burger has become the latest culinary craze in New York City this summer, following in the footsteps of the cronut. Consisting of a traditional beef patty surrounded by a very non-traditional "bun" of soft, chewy ramen that has been lightly fried, and topped with arugula, scallions and special shoyu sauce this east-meets-west dish is only obtainable at the Smorgasburg food fair in Brooklyn on Saturday and Sunday of each week.
Each day, only 300 burgers are sold, so the lines begin quite early. While Smorgasburg itself didn't officially open its doors until 11 AM, people reportedly started getting in line starting at 6:45 on Saturday morning! A few friends and I showed up around 10:30 and got our burgers around 12:15 PM. How was it? Fantastically delicious, and a very interesting mix of flavors and textures in each bite, and then washed down with some homemade sweet tea in mason jars from Pecan Patti. I captured the whole thing on camera with my new 35mm prime, so scroll down to view full gallery below! (As you'll see, I'm not the only who arrived with a camera -- Japanese film crews were on the scene as well.)
P.S. Check out my friends and me in Gothamist's post on this weekend's Ramen Burger Watch!