Why People Wait For Hours To Eat At This Tiny Boston Ramen Workshop

Herrine Ro: Oh, and
that’s good ramen. Yume Wo Katare has a line
out the door every day, and I am very curious to see what the concept’s about, what the ramen tastes like, and what this whole hype is. So, let’s go find out. Yume Wo Katare doesn’t consider itself a restaurant. Rather, it’s a
dream workshop where diners not only
come for the ramen but also to share
something personal before they leave. Sara Brande: You come in by yourself or with friends. We serve you a huge
bowl of ramen, and you challenge yourself
to finish that entire bowl. And if you can finish
everything in that bowl, you have the power to
achieve your dreams. And at the end of the meal,
once you finish your ramen, you share your
dream with the room and everybody
cheers and supports you to achieve your dream. Customer: So, first of
all, it’s the best food, you know, you can find. But second of all, like, it’s
really transformed my life. Like, it’s a lifestyle as
well as an incredible cuisine. Yume is sort of…
it’s a community, and it’s a group of
people that’s about, you know, sort of making
food a part of aspirations and so there’s a
whole bunch of us. We come all the time. We love it. We hang out with the staff, and it helps us
achieve our dreams. Herrine: Before opening
Yume Wo Katare in 2006, Tsuyoshi Nishioka worked
at restaurants in Kyoto to support his dream of becoming a
successful comedian. However, upon
discovering Jiro-style ramen at a shop in Japan,
Nishioka pivoted from his work as a
comedian and began to focus entirely
on cooking ramen. After opening his
first ramen restaurant, Nishioka’s former
comedy partner came into the shop
to show his support. Nishioka later found
out his partner took his own life
the following day. From that point forward,
Nishioka made it his life’s mission to help others
accomplish their dreams, using a delicious bowl
of ramen as the catalyst. Sara: That experience
kind of showed him that, you know, even
some people who lose their dream, some people who
lose their passion, you know, they feel like
there’s no hope for them, and so he
wanted to stop that. He wanted to
create a space where everybody feels like there’s hope and there’s
always something to live for. Herrine: Yume Wo Katare’s
one and only specialty is its tonkotsu
shoyu pork ramen. The ramen at Yume
Wo Katare is made from a pork bone broth
that cooks for 14 hours, which gives it an incredibly
rich, fatty pork flavor, and is combined
with a soy-sauce broth. Yume Wo Katare makes its
ramen noodles by hand. The ramen is topped
with chopped cabbage, bean sprouts,
chopped garlic, and either three
or five slices of roasted chashu pork. But prospective diners
should strive to order no more than what they
think they can finish, as finishing the ramen
at Yume Wo Katare is no simple feat. Jake Vo: So, we want you to imagine this big bowl of ramen as one of your dreams. The strategies that you use to finish it would be the same strategies you use to accomplish your dreams. Herrine: So, just don’t
be half-a–ed about it. Jake: Yes. Herrine: It’s
important to note that leftovers are
discouraged at Yume Wo Katare. In fact, Yume Wo Katare
has a rating system for diners’
ramen completion. If you finish
everything in the bowl, you receive a “perfect”
chant from the dining room. Employee: In the third row
we have another perfect! Diners: Perfect! Herrine: On the other hand, if you finish the
pork and noodles but leave some of
the broth in the bowl, you receive a “good job.” Employee: All right,
in the first row, we have another good job! Diners: Good job! Herrine: I am so inspired by
the other people around me who have gotten “good
jobs” and “perfects,” which, I don’t know
if I’ll ever be able to achieve a “perfect,”
like, at least, like, this first time around. Not only did
I feel intimidated by that huge bowl of ramen, but I also felt nervous at the thought of
sharing my dream with a group of
total strangers. Throughout the
course of eating this, I’m going to be
reflective and think really think hard on,
like, what my goal is. And hopefully by the end,
even if I don’t finish this, I will have a
better understanding of what I want to achieve. Knowing the weight
that finishing a bowl of Yume Wo Katare
ramen carries, both figuratively
and literally, I put my dream into the
forefront of my mind and began
strategizing how I was going to
finish the ramen. Hey, Karen, can you do it? Yay. It’s not every day someone asks you to tell
them your dream, especially in front of
nearly two dozen strangers. Customer: I came here
three years ago on a first date with him, and I didn’t share my
dream ’cause I was shy, but my dream was to
actually be with him, and now we have a family, so my dream did come true. Herrine: As I worked my
way through the ramen, I was inspired by diners around me
sharing their dreams, and so I pushed
myself to keep going. Employee: Hello everyone,
if I can have your attention for just a moment, we have
a dreamer in this front row. Herrine: I always want
to find stories like this that are very inspirational and have a
cultural significance, so my dream is to
find more places with enriching
backgrounds like this and share it with
the rest of the world. Employee:
All right, fantastic. In the second row,
we have a good job! Diners: Good job!

100 comments on “Why People Wait For Hours To Eat At This Tiny Boston Ramen Workshop”

  1. Raymond Thomas says:

    Sorry but, my time is more important than standing in line. I spent too much time in the military in the "hurry and up wait mode" to stand in any line. Food you can get anywhere, time is non-refundable!

  2. Gtg Gtg says:

    Pork no ty

  3. musix says:

    Of course they had to send the girl to the ramen place who not only eats the slowest but also the least

  4. Yummy Cooking ASMR says:


  5. Eva Lue says:

    Herrine, you can do it!

  6. Lœa Cläy says:

    Some of y’all are ignorantly close minded! Imagine not wanting to communicate with people for no genuine reason 🤡

  7. Massive Progeria says:

    Not even in Boston. Get your shit together, Insider.

  8. Slowlikehoney Too says:

    Love it!! Want it & going to get some!😋

  9. Nick says:

    Great a ramen safe space

  10. Awake andreborn says:

    The Ramen looks good but I wouldn't be interested in sharing my dreams and sitting next to strangers. I also wouldn't be interested in hearing anyone else's.

  11. RVA Tacticool says:

    I’d cry through this experience. My passion runs deep for music however due to circumstances I haven’t been able to find a way to live my dream…. yet.

  12. Balochistani Tech Support says:

    them korean womans r bless with such lovely sharp nose ' god is so v.selective .

  13. Major Tom says:

    why did he took his own life

  14. Jademoon25 says:

    What if you love ramen but you're an introvert? How the hell do you eat away from everyone without the need for interaction?

  15. J F says:

    too much sharing honestly awkward ick insecure oversharing….not worth the wait

  16. kobayashimaru65 says:

    Good job and thanks so much for sharing!

  17. BlackGirlLovesAnime6 says:

    I like this concept we need more of this and find of stuff

  18. KWIM REAPER m says:

    Girl you are as gorgeous as the food you show me.

  19. Miss O.P. says:

    omg… this is a manga

  20. Juliana Gondo says:

    I been there! It’s good

  21. Rayfil Wong says:

    Self Help Ramen

  22. Oliver Liu says:

    Videos is old. They are closer to 70k dreams!

  23. JK Adventures 209 the 4th Grader says:


  24. johnny chang says:

    Keeps your dreams as full as a bowl of ramen inside an empty stomach 😉

  25. Andrew Lee says:

    Omg white people fetishizing oriental shit… enough please Murica.

  26. Kathy Erickson says:

    That was lovely! And your dream did come true…you shared this place with us!

  27. NeoDMC says:

    I have a feeling if Mike Chen was there he would get a double perfect.

  28. Mohammed El-Tahir says:

    She bullshited her way out of it. Smart!

  29. ART says:

    I found RAINA HUANG twin on this channel

  30. Mikhail Baunto says:

    My dream is eating ramen

  31. Green Metro says:

    I'd give her a huge facial at 0:27
    Edit: it was at 26 Had to change it one second for the money shot

  32. AVA Always says:

    Ramen with Law of Attraction vibes, one good place to eat !

  33. Heidi Guo says:


  34. Heidi Guo says:


  35. Aakash M. says:

    Mantis from guardians of the galaxy.

  36. Lev Pollock says:

    Can you just order takeout

  37. Pratap Shahi says:

    Best episode!

  38. Teru Kage says:

    The intent is quite positive, but what happens if an insecure person looking encouragement doesn't finish? Would it cause more harm than good?

  39. seoreh says:

    Instead of bs ing around with making this about sharing your dreams, just make it group therapy and you can get your feelings out while eating your feelings.

  40. Calvin W says:

    I, Giorno Giovanna, have a dream!

  41. ucak says:

    My dream is to eat that ramen 🙏

  42. irene eslava says:

    I dnt have a dream. Is that ok? I mean im just ok with my life. I also just wanna eat ramen.

  43. tmthyfrndz says:

    She probably had a crazy shit later on

  44. TheHookBoy says:

    How many participation trophies did the brains behind this restaurant get as they failed their way through life while they were told they were special?

  45. Poonam smart kitchen says:


  46. Heru Uhuru says:

    One of the best stories yet! Great job Erin!

  47. PS says:

    Wow food insider you officially made me cry…over food! This story is amazing!!!

  48. Edric Laksa Putra says:

    What ending song title is that ?

  49. Nunya Business says:

    So the man who dreamed of doing comedy gave up his dream and started making ramen. Got it.

  50. Rouben Buyat says:

    can't I just go in there to eat and not share my dreams with a bunch of strangers…

  51. YoungCrs says:

    Ramenaddicts Anonymous?

  52. JimDoes Gaming says:

    It would be awkward if Epstein turned up

  53. Megan currie says:

    I can’t believe I live near here and didn’t know it existed!?

  54. neil chowhan says:

    My indian competitive ass mind will think about the coolest dream that will make people cry and cheer, instead of enjoying that ramen bowl 😒

  55. Balotzky Gala says:

    inspiring at the same time sumptuous ❤️🤩🤩👏👏👏🙏

  56. Monica Beal says:

    They know the ramen does the tummy good. Yum.

  57. Luna says:

    This is so wholesome.

  58. Genesis Carolina says:


  59. Holy Pire says:


  60. K T says:

    My dream is to eat my noodles in peace!!! #byefelicia

  61. Longo says:

    The ramen place is ok… Too much bean sprouts for my taste. But go try out the Iron shop, it's to die for!!

  62. Savi You says:

    People in line: My dream is to some day, make it to the end of this long ass line…what the hell is taking so long??

  63. Molly Sadler says:

    This be some hipster shit but I gotta admit that that ramen looks good

  64. Mark Rigsby says:

    What a ,Concept

  65. Alex says:

    Idk about you but I’m just tryna eat my ramen 😳

  66. BronzeBobCat says:

    This is just weird if Im completely honest

  67. ᄋᄌᄋ라라 says:

    It would be awkward if your dream was to be skinny…..

  68. ᄋᄌᄋ라라 says:

    Lmao, great way to push people to obesity and diabetes and heart problems

  69. Once a leo turned lion now judah says:

    People in America believe in the most insane things “a bowl of noodles helped me achieve my dreams” smh. A bowl of pig broth the most unclean animal on the planet chosen by man to consume which dosent actually digest food and eats the spoiled remains from troughs, stores disease, wallows in filth all day and lord knows what farm conditions are present. I see this a lot as a citizen here. The people line up for simple food burgers, tacos, ribs etc rabid for meats and food available in stores easily cooked by yourself lemmings. The first thought I have when I see such things is imagine what these types of people will do when America’s economy crashes and they can’t get food all their faith in life is tied up to carnal accomplishments, like simple savage beasts they will eat each other. I’m not being negative I’m just trying to draw attention to the state of the citizens of this country. You’re standing in line for hours for a bowl of ramen. Then you wonder why, the other nation are surpassing us you’re too busy wasting time on simpleton accomplishments, I mean hours for shoes, food movies brainwashed by consumerism and cyber notoriety. That soup is why you don’t accomplish your dreams you spend half your day focused on that instead of making something real happen.

  70. Stay Positive says:

    Come to tatsu

  71. Stay Positive says:

    No wonder there’s a huge line before u stay talking

  72. Havasumom says:

    What a great inspirational place with what looks like AWESOME ramen!

  73. Phobe Romys says:

    There is no hope though –
    and nothing to live for

  74. Steven Morrissey says:

    I'm sorry about the person who lost his life. I can fully relate. My life is a living hell and it's really not a life. I just exist. I'm working on it though. I think the concept is ridiculous and encourages binge eating which is incredibly unhealthy and insulting to people who don't have enough to eat.

  75. I'mnotbored says:

    is there a vegetarian version?

  76. euonymph says:

    This is so wholesome, I love it.

  77. Satrio Rama says:

    So where is the owner..? Why you guys only interviewing the staffs and not the owner himself

  78. Jason Genova says:

    Lmfao is this the first day of school or a food place

  79. live4 memes says:

    It’s noodles it’s not that deep

  80. Captain Planet says:

    Why is everyone ignoring the price? 😏

  81. Chunting Lam says:

    OmG . So hungry just watching it

  82. alan 777 says:

    I am sorry but I am here for the food!🤭🤪🤦‍♂️ Yup like others comments it's just way too korny for me. I just want to eat and slurp and burp.🤣😂

  83. SWAGG F2DB says:

    Good Job 👍

  84. thefabulousnarwhal says:

    I loved this so much if I ever go there I'm pretty sure I'll cry and eat all of the ramen, what a beautiful place!

  85. believe me says:

    My dream is to eat ramen and not tell everyone my dream.

    *Everyone claps

  86. Emily Bankz says:

    This looks so delicious but I’m very reserved and would prefer to take mines on the go and sit on my couch and eat this and watch Netflix 😂

  87. Brian Palmer says:

    My dream is to have a 2nd bowl. Can I get it to go though?…

  88. TheOutsidersPost says:

    A safe discs of course.

  89. T H says:

    Are you allowed to take it to go? Because I would rather eat it at home in peace lmao

  90. Juan Manuel Mendoza says:

    Sumo wrestlers can only finish this

  91. Rollztyd says:


  92. Albert Walter says:

    If you don't get to finish your bowl…you get a "What a Whack Job" xD

  93. k xyz says:

    lol… nonsense

  94. -delilah- 13 says:

    Ok I wanna go there n pretend im deaf so no one will bother talking to me. I just want that ramen 😀

  95. auxcordlord says:

    i, giornia govienana, have a dream

  96. 666 BRLN 999 says:

    that's a pretty crazy and slightly disturbing concept of a restaurant.

  97. troye's girl says:

    Basic goal is to finish that bowl and become PRESIDENT

  98. spookybwi says:

    So fake,.. I u want to eat, just eat. Satisfy ur need, and feel being blessed with it. Be thankfull for ur food. That s all, and u will feel better for the rest of the day

  99. Maurice Jones says:

    Mane 13 for some dam oddles of noodles

  100. jsj31313jj says:

    Very inspirational story

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