Stylish Ramen

THE JAPAN TIMES takes a look at how a lot of ramen shops are going upmarket.

Ramen has long been known as a staple of construction workers and penny-pinching students. But in a push to win over new clientele, ramen chains are going upscale, serving special pork and organic vegetables at eateries featuring dark-wood interiors and soft lighting. One company even came up with a form of diet ramen made from seaweed extracts. This dish weighs in at a meager 8 calories.

Shiodome Ramen is calling me…