Robots are continuing their gradual global takeover, one Chinese noodle stand at a time, but with a tasty bowl of ramen cooked up in less than 2 minutes, who is going to try and stop them?
The latest addition to China’s robotic dining scene is a Japanese ramen stand on Daming Road in Hongkou District of Shanghai. The two chefs there, by the names of Koya and Kona, will mechanically make you a delicious bowl of Japanese beef noodles.
While the robots aren’t advanced enough to actually make the noodles themselves, they are perfectly capable of boiling the noodles and serving them to you with the correct amount of soup added.
The robo chefs’ “owner” Liu Jin told the Shanghai Daily that the pair of culinary masterminds were made by a Japanese company and cost him 1 million yuan in total.
Thinking longterm, this isn’t such a bad investment, considering that it’s the same amount he would have to pay two human chefs over a six year period, and he gets the added bonus of close ties in the coming robot revolution. Plus:
“You don’t get any problems with robots. They’ll never ask for leave and they won’t get sick,”
Of course, the catch is that a bowl of ramen is going to cost you 58 yuan. At least twice as much as what you’d pay at a ubiquitous Ajisen Ramen.
The shop opened back in December and appears to be still be in operation. Drop by if you’re in the neighborhood and welcome our future noodle-serving overlords.
Watch Koya and Kona in action here:
[Images via China News]