Museum to launch ramen for Muslims

Kyodo

Shinyokohama Raumen Museum Corp., the operator of an indoor village of ramen restaurants in Yokohama, said it will start serving dishes for Muslim and vegetarian visitors from Monday.

Six restaurants at the village will begin offering six new kinds of ramen, including “shio” (salty) ramen, without pork and alcohol for Muslims, and miso ramen for vegetarians, the operator announced Thursday.

Such fare is already offered at ramen restaurants abroad, an official of the operator pointed out, adding the trend is “indispensable for the (further) globalization of ramen.”

The museum is growing in popularity with foreign travelers, especially from Southeast Asia, particularly Indonesia and Malaysia. Around 90,000 visited the site last year and about 50,000 as of the end of last month, the official said.