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I Ate At Jiro Ramen, One Of Tokyo's Most Infamous Ramen Shops, And Survived

WARNING: This post contains really gross photos of my face covered in ramen juice.

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Oh, if you want to hear any of the disgusting sounds from this magical ramen experience, definitely check out this episode of Internet Explorer!

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The blog Ramen Tokyo describes Jiro as "cult-like." It's especially popular with young men. The vibe while you're waiting in line is kind of like the specific mix of awkward masculinity and shame you experience when you're in a strip club.

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The average wait time to get in is around 45 minutes. And then it can get pretty intense. This is a sign warning that a brawl recently broke out when people started cutting in line.

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As I championed through the massive bowl of meat and noodles, I noticed that the noodles were getting bigger because they were absorbing the broth! This thing just wouldn't die.

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As far as taste goes, Jiro's ramen is really great! But it's also super oily and salty and fills you up so quickly. It's kind of like a big, greasy slice of pizza, but in a bowl of broth.