Ichiran VR
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This virtual reality game lets you work at Ichiran as a ramen chef

Become an Ichiran employee and make the restaurant’s signature tonkotsu ramen to serve customers

By Youka Nagase
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Tokyo’s best ramen cover a variety of preparations, from simple shio and shoyu broths to more unique ones like shrimp soup and dry-style tsukemen. Yet, despite the endless choices, sometimes all you need is a quick and easy bowl, and Ichiran’s Fukuoka-style tonkotsu ramen never disappoints. Now, fans of this ramen chain can experience working in the kitchen as a staff member, mastering the art of ramen making from the comfort of their home.

Ichiran VR
Photo: Tricol

Virtual reality game producer Tricol has just launched its latest version of the popular food service game, Counter Fight. Instead of the usual generic café or restaurant, the game now lets you work as an Ichiran employee and serve up its signature ramen.

Ichiran VR
Photo: Tricol

You’ll work behind the counter and dish up bowls and bowls of ramen from scratch. The game objective is simple: serve customers their orders and you’ll gain a higher score if your cooking skills are up to scratch. You’d want to serve the noodles as quickly as possible while maintaining the ‘15 second standard’ to cook the noodles to perfection. Bonus points if you pay attention to detail when plating.

Ichiran VR
Photo: Tricol

You can purchase Counter Fight Ichiran via the online Oculus store for ¥1,480. The only setback is that you'd need a VR headset that’s compatible with the Oculus Quest or Oculus Quest 2 platform to play. The headsets are available at major electronic stores nationwide, including Yodobashi Camera, Bic Camera, Yamada Denki and GEO

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