Winter really is the most wonderful time of the year for this food blogger; not because of the parties for hosting, nor marshmallows for roasting, nor the caroling out in the snow (as if we ever get snow down in Southern California). No, winter means it’s the perfect time to enjoy a nice piping-hot bowl of soul-soothing ramen noodle soup. Of course, nobody is more aware of that fact than the nation of Japan, where the University of Tokyo has offered up this creative iteration of one of the nation’s most celebrated ramen establishments using Legos.
The display was part of the school’s 63rd Komaba Festival which hosts more than 100,000 people and is one of Tokyo’s largest festivals. The exhibition piece was inspired by Ramen Jiro, a tokyo-based ramen shop that is renown throughout the country and has even made The Guardian’s 50 Best Things to Eat in the World. The ramen shop is known for its thick and hearty pork bone, or tonkotsu broth piled high with a mountain of green onions, beansprouts, cabbage and pork belly slices, or chashu. That might explain why this particular Lego bowl looks like someone sneezed a random assortment of building blocks on top of it. Here’s a glimpse of what the real deal looks like: