Ivan Ramen: Love, Obsession, and Recipes from Tokyo's Most Unlikely Noodle Joint

Ivan Ramen: Love, Obsession, and Recipes from Tokyo's Most Unlikely Noodle Joint

Ivan Orkin Chris Ying / Jul 15, 2019

Ivan Ramen Love Obsession and Recipes from Tokyo s Most Unlikely Noodle Joint The end all be all guide to ramen from Ivan Orkin the iconoclastic New York born owner of Tokyo s top ramen shop In Orkin a middle aged Jewish guy from Long Island did something crazy In the

  • Title: Ivan Ramen: Love, Obsession, and Recipes from Tokyo's Most Unlikely Noodle Joint
  • Author: Ivan Orkin Chris Ying
  • ISBN: 9781607744467
  • Page: 297
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The end all be all guide to ramen from Ivan Orkin, the iconoclastic New York born owner of Tokyo s top ramen shop In 2007, Orkin, a middle aged Jewish guy from Long Island, did something crazy In the food zealous, insular megalopolis of Tokyo, Ivan opened a ramen shop He was a gaijin foreigner , trying to make his name in a place that is fiercely opinionated about rameThe end all be all guide to ramen from Ivan Orkin, the iconoclastic New York born owner of Tokyo s top ramen shop In 2007, Orkin, a middle aged Jewish guy from Long Island, did something crazy In the food zealous, insular megalopolis of Tokyo, Ivan opened a ramen shop He was a gaijin foreigner , trying to make his name in a place that is fiercely opinionated about ramen At first, customers came because they were curious, but word spread quickly about Ivan s handmade noodles, clean and complex broth, and thoughtfully prepared toppings Soon enough, Ivan became a celebrity a fixture of Japanese TV programs and the face of his own best selling brand of instant ramen Ivan opened a second location in Tokyo, and has now returned to New York City to open his first US branch Ivan Ramen is essentially two books in one a memoir and a cookbook In these pages, Ivan tells the story of his ascent from wayward youth to a star of the Tokyo restaurant scene He also shares than forty recipes, including the complete, detailed recipe for his signature Shio Ramen creative ways to use extra ramen components and some of his most popular ramen variations Written with equal parts candor, humor, gratitude, and irreverence, Ivan Ramen is the only English language book that offers a look inside the cultish world of ramen making in Japan It will inspire you to forge your own path, give you insight into Japanese culture, and leave you with a deep appreciation for what goes into a seemingly simple bowl of noodles.

    Ivan Ramen Love, Obsession, and Recipes from Tokyo s Most Ivan Ramen Love, Obsession, and Recipes from Tokyo s Most Unlikely Noodle Joint Ivan Orkin, Chris Ying, David Chang on FREE shipping on qualifying offers The end all be all guide to ramen featuring than recipes from Ivan Orkin, the iconoclastic New York born owner of Tokyo s top ramen shop While scores of people line Ivan Ramen Love, Obsession, and Recipes from Tokyo s Most Ivan Ramen tells of his journey from young New Yorker to the top chef and owner of Ivan Ramen, one of Japan s most loved ramen restaurants It also carries over o Ivan Ramen Love, Obsession, and Recipes from Tokyo s Most Jan , Ivan Orkin, known to many this writer included as Ivan Ramen A few years ago, my business school friend, Michael Vito, introduced me to ramen and let s just say it was love at first slurp Michael has described Ivan to me as the John Lennon of ramen. Ivan s Story Ivan Ramen Incredibly,Ivan not only succeeded, but became one of the top ramen shops in Tokyo, an unheard of accomplishment for a foreigner In a second shop, Ivan Ramen Plus, was opened In , Ivan returned to NY with the hopes of opening a business back Ivan Ramen Reinterpreting Diner Style Japanese Food Eat Feb , Chef Ivan Orkin brings his background in fine dining to the Lower East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, where he runs a noodle shop called Ivan Ramen Hear what the IVAN RAMEN Love, Obsession, and Recipes from Tokyo s Recipes by Ivan Orkin Two recipes from the end all be all guide to ramen from Ivan Orkin, the iconoclastic New York born owner of Tokyo s top ramen shop In , Orkin, a middle aged Jewish guy from Long Island, did something crazy In the food zealous, insular megalopolis of Tokyo, Ivan opened a ramen shop He was a gaijin Ivan Ramen Love, Obsession, and Recipes from Tokyo s The end all be all guide to ramen featuring than recipes from Ivan Orkin, the iconoclastic New York born owner of Tokyo s top ramen shop. Ivan Ramen Love, Obsession, and Recipes from Tokyo s Most Ivan Orkin is a self described gaijin guy jin , a Japanese term that means outsider He has been hopelessly in love with the food of Japan since he was a teenager on Long Island. Ivan Ramen Pechluck s Food Adventures If you visit Ivan Ramen, rest assured that he has vegetarian ramen available from his menu of about half a dozen noodle options The only thing you should definitely be aware of is that the ramen is not cheap it starts at , not counting any add ons or making it fully loaded like I did I unabashedly love ramen, and I ll definitely Ivan Ramen Ivan Ramen proudly uses only the freshest ingredients, cooked slow and steady With a dedicated following at his two Tokyo locations, Orkin returned to New York City to open his first restaurant on the Lower East Side, with the intent of bringing the same authentic and

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    1. Ramen, so delicious with so many variations. Yes, I am a committed fan of ramen. I search for restaurants serving ramen when I travel. I make my own noodles at home. I work on perfecting the right balance for my broth and seasoning. I am a raman addict. So when I saw this book I did my happy dance and clicked the keys to have it in my hands. I got more than I hoped for when I finished it.Ivan, is a Jewish White guy from New York. He studied Japanese lit and when graduated thought he should use i [...]


    2. First half of the book tells the interesting story of Orkin, a kid from Long Island who took his degree in Japanese Lit and moved to Japan with no real plans. He eventually got married, moved back to the States, went to cooking school (the CIA), lost his wife, moved back to Japan, got remarried, and eventually decided to open a Ramen shop despite not really knowing what he was doing. Needless to say it worked out well. Too well as now I really want some good, real ramen and I don't live anywhere [...]


    3. From my book review blog at:kickinbooks.wordpress/2013Ten Speed Press was kind enough to make this eGalley available, through NetGalley, for the purposes of having it read and reviewed. Although it was provided to me at no cost, I am under no obligation to give it a positive review.Me: “Hi, my name is Bert, and I’m a ramen addict.”Group: “Hi, Bert!”OK, I have to admit it’s really all noodles, especially Asian ones. I do regularly have a lunch comprised primarily of the 20 cent packs [...]


    4. Ivan Orkin wrote a cookbook as much as he penned a piece on motivation. He wrote about the nuance of subtle, nearly unperceivable flavor as much as he composed a book on survival. He wrote a lesson for cooks as much as he scribed a lesson for living. Ivan Ramen is a timely prescription for bringing refreshing energy into the kitchen; learning about patience; grabbing the cojones of adversity and creating opportunity. From Long Island to the audaciousness of opening a Ramen noodle shop in Tokyo, [...]


    5. the epitome of fussy. i appreciate him pulling out all the stops and listing the recipes the way he makes them in japan and i appreciate him giving a list of things you can do with all the leftover ingredientsbutthese are intense project cooks with a lot of ingredients you might not be able to find at the freshness level he insists, a lot of liquid movement that is not conducive to my tiny apartment kitchen, and at the end of the day, man - it's just soupso he spends half of the book talking abo [...]


    6. Orkin's book is part memoir part complex detailed recipes geared toward foodies and ramen aficionados looking to replicate his ramen bowls.I appreciated the tone Orkin established in the memoir portion of the book. He recognizes and freely admits that his success is not all toil and trouble and hard work. Most chefs can't afford to take the chance of losing 100K opening a shop to serve something they've never made before, but his wife's job security made it possible for him to open a ramen spot [...]


    7. examiner/review/ivan-rCookbooks with a tale is one of my favorite book genres. Ivan Orkin, known to many - this writer included - as Ivan Ramen. A few years ago, my business school friend, Michael Vito, introduced me to ramen and let's just say it was love at first slurp. Michael has described Ivan to me as the John Lennon of ramen. His book, Ivan Ramen: Love, Obsession, and Recipes from Tokyo's Most Unlikely Noodle Joint, lives up to that comparison. His book is to ramen lovers what Let It Be i [...]


    8. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for review. The book opens up to a hilarious foreword from presumably, a friend of the authors. I sent 10 minutes giggling while I tried to read it. The impression of Americans is so true in some ways!I will say, I'm a huge fan of ramen in general. As a child in a lower middle class family growing up, we ate a lot of ramen. Obviously, the ramen in this book is NOT the same as the 15 cent packets Im used to. I picked this ebook to hopefull [...]


    9. Ivan Orkin, a Jewish guy from Long Island leaves the United States for a journey to find himself, going to Japan. He doesn’t only find a wife and a few computer salesman jobs, but he finds his passion for Japanese ramen and is inspired to start his own style of the dish. Although half of this book is recipes, it was still a very good book with an amazing story of Ivan growing up with an unacknowledged love for Japanese food, and then taking his life to Japan, and turning his love for the cuisi [...]


    10. Mr Orkin has done something that not a lot of people have done. Setting up shop in Japan and pretty much being taken to their bosom. I love that the decision to open Ivan Ramen was as easy as "there were no expectations, I was free to fail". I love that he spent months developing his own ramen recipe. The thought that went into the making of the signature bowl of ramen. Most of all, I love that Ivan is super honest and breaks it down for the neophyte - the man breaks down the making of a bowl of [...]


    11. Cookbook memoir about a highly motivated (obsessive) ramen lover. First 1/3 is memoir. The rest is recipes/how to. I liked the memoir part -- but it felt rushed once he started discussing the second restaurant. I wanted to know more about opening the second restaurant and their decisions to move (back) to the US post-earthquake. I am not hunkering down at home for a week to make ramen, so I skipped the recipes.


    12. Not much of a cook book, so beware of that. But this is a very interesting story of how a New York guy randomly went to Japan, made his life there, and became a superstar in the Ramen world. I'd love to try his ramen some day and even though there is a recipe for his soup in the book, I'll probably just leave it to the expert.


    13. Came across this book and finished it in one afternoon. Inspiring story and detailed in the recipes and cooking process of ramen (sum of all parts). I hope to make it to Japan for ramen one day, but in the meantime, have to find me a bowl of ramen soon! Good read for foodies, casual diners, and adventure seekers alike.


    14. This is worth reading as a memoir more than a recipe book, as Orkin is a serious enthusiast. I suppose if you are a technical cook that loves to disappear into creating the perfect loaf of bread or the ultimate duck confit, you may try and make ramen at home. Me, I'd rather let someone else do it.


    15. Part memoir, part recipe book, Ivan Ramen is a Must Read for foodies and travelers alike. I borrowed this book from my local library, read it cover to cover, and plan to buy a copy to keep at home. Loved it!


    16. A great book for any ramen-obsessed foodie. Even though making a single bowl of Ivan's ramen will probably be impossible for most, it's still good to have some real guidance and recipes.


    17. Beautiful book! Great pictures and a touching story, not to mention delicious recipes I look forward to trying


    18. While the writing is a little flat, I was riveted by Ivan's story. And now I want to head back to Japan to slurp more noodles! Although I may have to start with some culinary tours stateside, first.


    19. Read: December 2013Where It Came From: eARC from publisher via NetGalley*Genre: Cookbook-food-memoirRating: 4 Slices of ChashuI’m always interested in the experiences of other foreigners in Japan, having been one myself, and I’m also always interested in things published by Ten Speed Press (remember this lovely?). Based on these two facts, I was definitely planning on having a look at Ivan Ramen from the moment I first heard about it. The subtitle is “Love, Obsession, and Recipes from Toky [...]


    20. Ivan's life story is fascinating. He's had a rough road, like a lot of people in the restaurant industry, but it's great to see where he eventually ended up. His recipes are accessible and I love that his attitude toward it all isn't too precious or conceited. This book is a great companion to his Chef's Table episode.


    21. Roughly 50% memoir on Ivan Orkin's journey from Japanese Literature to owning a top Ramen shop in Tokyo, along with what Ramen is all about in Japanese culture. The other half is cookbook.I had no idea ramen could be so danged complex, and I would love to see Ramen shops take off in the mainstream U.S. in the way that Pho has in the last few years. And I would love those restaurant owners, when they do open, to instruct newbies on how to eat Ramen, why it is enjoyed boiling hot with plenty of sl [...]


    22. 2thepointbooksThis half-biography/half-cookbook completely turned my American version of ramen on its head. I have been completely clueless about what "real" ramen is supposed to be. I have been used to the 15-cents-a-package version you boil for three minutes, add the powdered flavor and away you go!Real ramen, I've learned is not this AT ALL. Ramen is a near religion for some in Japan. It is an intensely precise and patience-demanding endeavor. If you're looking for very authentic Japanese noo [...]


    23. I've had a passing interest for ramen ever since I was a teenager watching crappy pirated VHS copies of anime. Just recently I've really wanted to try and make my own ramen but without any sources I had no idea where to look. Luckily someone happened to mention this book to me. It's half autobiography and half cook book and overall I felt it was a good balance of the two.The first half of the book is written from the narrative of Ivan himself and how he stumbled through his formative years listi [...]


    24. This is a cookbook memoir with one recipe in it but it is a good one. Okay, maybe not exactly one but not too many more than that. Ramen is a complex soup with various components. Ivan Orkin is an American ramen chef that was the first to open up a noodle shop in Japan. This is his story.The joy isn't in the recipes although they are well written with great headnotes and fun anecdotes and directions buried in the normal step by step instructions. The joy is in the memoirs. There is death, tears, [...]


    25. Wow, what a lively cookbookor cool, what a neat memoiror interesting guide to the culture of JapanWhatever you think of it as, it's a great read. Not being a true foodie (more like a poseur quasi-foodie), I thought I'd skip the last third of the book, which is an unbelievably complex series of recipes for the all the components ofs, A BOWL OF SOUP. A really fine bowl that my mouth is still watering for. But dang, the recipes are so entertainingly written! It gives you such a visual picture of th [...]


    26. As a memoir, it is a fun light read about an unlikely path from aimlessness to fame and fortune. It is hard to tell how much his own merits got him to where he is today, and how much of it was dumb luck and the financial assistance of others, but you do come to appreciate how seriously he takes his ramen. I would say it is not as essential, inspirational, weird, or funny as a viewing of Tampopo, but then again it is non-fiction and also not cringe-inducingly sexist.Whoops, this somehow became a [...]


    27. A captivating read for anyone interested in the nuances of how a proper bowl of ramen is created from the ground up. The first 40% of this book provides an autobiographical look into the creation of Ivan Orkin's mini, ramen-empire with the remainder of the book a thorough and detailed breakdown into each of the 8 made from scratch components (along with featured side dishes and desserts).Orkin graciously provides the complete blueprint to his signature bowl - Shio (salt) ramen - beloved by discr [...]


    28. So, I wanted to LOVE this cookbook. But I really just liked it. I thought the history was interesting, but I assumed it was going to be like Roy Choi's amazing L.A. Son with stories and recipes interspersed. While the stories DID reference the recipes, it wasn't as together as I'd like a food memoir to be. Ivan Orkin gave a lot of information about different styles of ramen, which I appreciate. Plus the dude seems to know more about noodle moisture percentages than anyone I've ever encountered. [...]


    29. Ivan puts himself into your shoes. He assumes your an American interested in the impossible; becoming enlightened into the world of ramen. He knows you're not going to come across the abundance of ingredients or understand the flavors. He knows this because none of these things are available or popular in America. He guides you through a little of his life, how he came into ramen, and really, what ramen is. He acts as the codex between cultures knowing his book will be accessed by the curious wa [...]


    30. Most people will probably head to this book for the recipes. After all, why not learn how to make ramen from a westerner who took the time and effort to learn everything he could about the subject and then interpret it and reinterpret it for western palates? And, the recipes sound great, are well written, albeit at times a bit complicated or at least time consuming. But, for me, it was the story of how Ivan Orkin dove into his life and developed his passion for ramen that made the book. Complete [...]


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