In Takasaki, Japan, Masato works with his father to run their ramen shop. Despite living together, their strained relationship makes communication stifled and sparse. When Masato finds his mother’s diary filled with recipes, memories, and entries written in Chinese—a language foreign to him—he decides to visit Singapore to uncover and relive his mother’s history. Working his way through Singapore’s food landscape, Masato stumbles across something much more personal than discovering family recipes, secrets, and stories. Instead, he comes across connections and meaning to his existence long buried and thought to be best forgotten.
Eric Khoo’s latest film, Ramen Shop, delves into the myriad of ways food permeates our lives whether it is the taste of a mother’s cooking, a reminder of an indigestible history, or the togetherness of sharing food.
Ramen Shop is a story about belonging, reunions, and burdensome knowledge alongside a bowl of bak kut teh noodle soup.