This week we're celebrating all things ramen to coincide with the launch of Ivan Ramen, Ivan Orkin's new cookbook. Over the next few days we'll be sharing a few of Ivan's recipes on The Bureau Of Taste and giving you the chance to win a free copy of Ivan Ramen.
COMPETITION: To win a copy of Ivan Ramen just leave a comment at the end of this article answering the question: 'Why do you love ramen?' Entries close at 5pm on Friday 24th October 2014 so don't miss out!
Ivan Ramen is both a memoir and a cookbook. It starts with the story of Ivan Orkin, a middle-aged Jewish man from Long Island, who has managed to make a name for himself selling ramen in the most competitive of markets - Tokyo. His first introduction to Japanese food came when he worked washing dishes at a Japanese restaurant as a teenager. This interest in Japanese food blossomed, he moved to Japan and after some time opened his first ramen shop in 2007. Curiosity spread and appreciation of his noodles grew so much that he was able to open a second restaurant in Tokyo and two more branches in the US. He is now a fixture of Japanese TV programmes and the face of his own brand of instant ramen.
What follows this memoir is a collection of over 40 recipes. No detail is spared as Ivan lays out the recipes for the many components that make up his signature shio ramen dish. Once you've mastered the basics, the book offers creative ways to use up these left-over components as well as variations on popular Japanese ramen dishes.
An inspirational insight into the at-times cult-like world of ramen, Ivan Ramen, will open your eyes to the love and artistry that goes into creating a simple bowl of ramen noodles.