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Few restaurants are less suited to these pandemic times than ramen shops. The inevitable wait in line at the door, the elbow-to-elbow seating, and the billowing clouds of steam and aromas are part and parcel of the pleasure of slurping a great bowl. But all add to the risk factor.

Takeout is only an option if you live close by, and home delivery is surely out of the question. Not necessarily: Some of Tokyo’s top ramen specialists have come up with delivery solutions, to spare us from having to resort to convenience store cup noodles.

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