On this week's episode of Special Sauce, I continue my far-reaching conversation with acclaimed chef and ramen master Ivan Orkin, of Ivan Ramen fame. The name of his second New York City–based ramen shop, Slurp Shop, had me wondering what, exactly, slurping means to Mr. Orkin. "Slurping is inhaling noodles into your mouth without your lips puckering around them, so that they shoot up into your mouth. In a properly made bowl of ramen, the noodles are married with the soup, so when you suck them up into your mouth, they have little droplets of broth...[then] you get to close your lips like a normal civilized human being and chew up the food in your mouth and swallow it."
What does Orkin love most of all about ramen? "It comes in its own little container, and I find that really appealing." We also talked about the built-in advantage of being an American opening up a ramen shop in Tokyo. His Japanese wife told her husband, in no uncertain terms, "That's the hook." As to who he would invite to his last supper, you'll just have to tune in to find out. Here's a hint: One of the guests wrote the classic sixties song, "Both Sides Now."
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