Chocolate ramen: The strange new Valentine's Day meal trending in Tokyo

Chocolate ramen: The strange new Valentine's Day meal trending in Tokyo
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Golden syrup on bacon pancakes, fries dipped in milkshakes and peanut slabs in mince pies are just some sweet-savoury combos you could probably eat without much judgment. 

But could you stomach a chocolate soup topped with chicken? Or a strawberries and cream broth with an egg on the side? 

For Valentine's Day on Friday, chefs in Tokyo are getting rather adventurous and serving up a few romantic specials - they're crafting not just the usual heart-shaped sushi, they're taking sweet-savoury combos next level. 

First up is the popular chain restaurant Kourakuen. It's offering chocolate ramen served with ginger, chicken and a small chocolate bar on top.

And there's a white chocolate broth also available with cacao oil, cream and a few slices of chicken. 

Chocolate ramen: The strange new Valentine's Day meal trending in Tokyo
Photo credit: Kourakuen

A famous lamb restaurant, Mensho Tokyo, is also getting onboard the sweet soup trend, serving up mazesoba - which includes soy sauce, pork lard, garlic, raw egg, minced meat and for its romantic spin... chocolate-infused noodles! 

Chocolate ramen: The strange new Valentine's Day meal trending in Tokyo
Photo credit: Mensho Tokyo

Kipposhi is offering an exclusive 'Pink Valentines Ramen', which is a basic chicken broth topped with strawberries, whipped cream and a pink chocolate bar. 

Fruit and chocolate is a bit more normal, right? Papapapapine already serves up pineapple ramen, but for Valentine's Day it's also adding a chocolate twist: a pineapple broth base combined with spicy chocolate-infused dan dan noodles. The result: a spicy chocolate flavour. 

I think I'll stick to dipping my fries in a milkshake and steering clear from this chicken and chocolate combo. 

Oh and FYI - if you've also just realised it's Valentine's day in under 24 hours and have to race to get something, check out the Newshub Valentine's Day gift guide.

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