A cultural collision of delicacies occurred in 2013 when Keizo Shimamoto introduced New York City to the ramen burger. He mashes it with a classic American burger for one night only in Indianapolis.
Shimamoto is partnering with American burger expert George Motz to serve 1,000 ramen burgers at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in honor of 2017 Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato.
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The original ramen burger that made Shimamoto a success almost overnight was a juicy beef patty garnished with rocket and spring onions and placed between a “bun” of fresh ramen noodles that were cooked, pressed into a round shape, and placed in Sesame oil were fried.
In Indianapolis, Motz, author of the state’s best burger guide “Hamburger America”, will prepare his burger with fried onions. Motz described it as “a meatball with thinly sliced onions”. Shimamoto will put the burger on top of their famous crispy outer, chewy inner ramen noodle bun.
The couple will serve the burger at the big food and drink party from 7pm to midnight on May 5th. The chefs prepare dishes that are inspired by IndyCar drivers, hence the Burger Satz and Shimamoto, which were created for Sato.
Tickets are still on sale for Rev, which includes tastings from nearly 40 top Indianapolis chefs, plus cocktails, dancing on the track, and the chance to hack with drivers and other celebrities. Visit revindy.org.
Rev is a dress up and the price is $ 300 per ticket. However, the proceeds will go to Indiana University Health’s trauma and intensive care programs, including the Emergency Center at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Shimamoto regularly serves its ramen burgers at Smorgasburg, a weekly open-air food market in Brooklyn. He also makes ramen shack pop-up restaurants in New York City.
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