Japan is definitely the place to be if you're a ramen fanatic, with an estimated over 50,000 ramen restaurants all over the country. And out of those, only two have received the much-coveted Michelin Star. Lines are constantly out the door for both of these Tokyo establishments, but fortunately, all you have to do is stop by a local 7-Eleven on your way home from work if you want a taste of Tsuta's ramen, the world's first-ever Michelin-Starred bowl of noodles.

As many of you know, Japan is the land of convenience stores, with streets literally lined with 24-hour establishments that sell anything essentials you need for your daily life. If all you had was a convenience store to do your shopping, you really wouldn't even have a problem. Millions of people shop at the numerous nationwide chains of stores, some of which will be right next to each other. Japan has an overabundance of convenience stores, but nobody seems to be complaining. For a people (especially in large metropolitan areas) whose lives are stressed, complicated, and constantly busy, too much convenience is a good thing!

Which leads us to why this convenience is so awesome. 7-Eleven, Japan's premier convenience store, now sells an instant ramen from Tsuta, the world's very first ramen restaurant awarded a Michelin Star. Because the tiny restaurant in Tokyo has lines too long for any person with daily commitments can afford to wait in, the creator of Tsuta ramen agreed to collaborate with 7-Eleven, and to make his signature ramen available to anyone who can't make the trip to his shop. Ramen makers are notorious for their non-compromising ways when it comes to their noodles and broth, so it came as quite a surprise that Yuki Onishi, the owner and mastermind behind Tsuta's now world-famous ramen, would agree to sell an instant version of his signature bowl.

According to taste tests, the noodles are not really up to par with the ones served at the restaurant. That's understandable, of course, instant noodles will never be the real thing. But the broth in the 7-Eleven version is pretty close to the real deal, and the delicious broth is one of the reasons foodies line up in the cold for hours just to get a taste of. So for those of you that just don't like waiting in line for anything, if you're ever in Japan and want a taste of Michelin Star ramen without the hassle, 7-Eleven is the way to go. But if you're a true ramen lover, obviously, you'll want to make the trip to Tsuta, known as the best ramen restaurant in the world.

Take out the ingredients . . .

Add some hot water . . .

Michelin Star ramen! (kind of)


Broth does look yummy . . .

The real deal