Butter Ramen Is a Real Thing: A Japan Center Find

Healthy Japanese cooking: Sapporo-Ya's butter ramen.

On a recent late evening in Japan Center, we ducked into one of the only still-open restaurants, Sapporo-Ya, for a healthy bowl of ramen. That plan was quickly foiled once we noticed an option called butter ramen, which should no longer be the secret domain of ramenistas.

Butter ramen is exactly what it sounds like, a bowl of noodles with a fat pat of butter floating on top. It's really a shock to see it when it lands on the table because butter is just not something that's ubiquitous at Japanese restaurants.

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