Would you eat glow-in-the-dark noodles? A new trend in bioluminescent food is emerging with a slew of futuristic “lumen ramen” pop-ups coming to cities around the world.
This year, family run experiential dining concept Nakamura-ke Mobile Kitchen will be serving menu of glowing drinks and dishes, ranging from luminous cocktails made with shochu and sake, to bowls of neon noodle soup, dumplings and dessert.
Seating just six people at a time, pop-up ramen shops will first arrive in Atlanta (at two locations from January 30 to March 2, 2019), before moving on to Los Angeles, London, Miami, New York, Tokyo and Seoul. Just like in traditional Japanese ramen shops, diners will only have 30 minutes to slurp down their day-glo noodles before they will need to vacate.
In Atlanta, the “Night Parades (of Benevolent Demons)” will take place from January 30 to February 16 at Sound Table and Space 2, while “House Spirits (of the Enchanted Zashiki)” will take over the loading area of Paris on Ponce from February 20 to March 2.
The idea to create bioluminescent food that may look alien but is, in fact, edible was conceived by former industrial designer for Coca-Cola, Ami Sueki, along with food artists and culinary events studio Bompas & Parr in London.
This isn’t the first time Bompas and Parr has created bioluminescent food – a few years ago it came up with a recipe for luminous ice cream Cornetto.
Like a set from Blade Runner, Nakamura-ke’s Mobile Kitchen will also incorporate elements of Japanese theatre, demonstrating ways in which immersive consumer experiences are becoming ever-more imaginative.
Its website says that guests can attend “a nightly party in a fully-immersive environment with special performances”. Tickets including dinner cost US$75.
Here is the official website. More details coming soon.