Glow-in-the-Dark Ramen Is a Thing Now, and It’s Coming to L.A.

Because who doesn’t want their ramen to have a gross, alien glow?
11516 Mobile Kitchen bills itself as the world’s “first” glow-in-the-dark ramen experience. It’s part noodle shop, part theater, all-around kind of weird–and it’s coming to L.A. in July.

Here’s how it works: You’ll snag a ticket in advance for a timed session during the pop-up’s run (July 3 to 21). Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by the Nakamuras, a family of yōkai, mystical spirits from Japanese legend (no big deal). They’ll tell you their story about ghosts and ramen, and then lead you into the eerie, neon-colored ramen shop for a meal (again, very chill, normal dinner).

Well, OK, maybe that’s not technically what’s going on. As Atlanta reported when debuted in that city, the truth is sadly a bit more quotidian.

The project is the brainchild of non-mystical industrial designer Ami Sueki who used to work for Coca-Cola. She partnered with her friend Courtney Hammond of creative agency Dashboard to pull everything together.

Making the food glow was a tricky bit for the team. While diners are encouraged to attribute the luminescence to the supernatural, it’s actually mostly done with quinine. Yes, the same ingredient that gives your gin-and-tonic its distinctive flavor happens to be uncommonly responsive to black light.

That breakthrough came via’s global partners Bompas & Parr, a design studio that has also developed “multi-sensory fireworks” in London, a Heinz Beanz Flavour Experience, and a fully vegan hotel suite for Hilton incorporating pineapple-based Piñatex materials for everything from flooring to keycards.

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