The Internet almost broke when it was announced that famed Fukuoka ramen chain Ichiran is coming to Singapore — albeit as a pop-up booth at Takashimaya’s Japan Food Matsuri fair from October 3 to 20. And only the New York Limited instant version of Ichiran’s famed rich tonkotsu ramen, which one can buy by the box at its outlets including the one in New York, will be served here. 700 bowls are available daily.

Ichiran’s PR rep cites logistical challenges in importing the ramen ingredients — like fresh noodles and the cha shu used at the Japanese branches — as the reason why the popular ramen giant could only offer its instant ramen in Singapore. And until the ingredient supply issue is resolved, don’t hold your breath for an Ichiran outlet opening here anytime soon.

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