Jorgen comes from a background in chemistry, time spent abroad in Japan as well as time working for Boston-based ramen restaurant Yume Wo Katare. Jorgen credits an insatiable craving for ramen day and night as a key component in his and Yuto’s collaboration.
Yuto, originally from Tokyo, was inspired to start Ramendo by an Introduction to Entrepreneurship class. Tragically, “there is no good ramen in Hanover; one has to go to either New York or Boston.” Ramendo strives to fill a ramen market for an American palette, right here in Hanover.
After a brief history lesson on how ramen came to Japan as a wheat noodle from China, which the Japanese then customized to their liking, Spoon members embarked on creating their own bowl of ramen. As we soon found out, a bowl of ramen can be tailored and personalized in a variety of ways through the use of various garnishes such as pork, soy sauce, chicken, eggs, chili, seaweed and more — the possibilities are limitless.
Ramen has 5 components: the soup or broth (usually chicken or pork based, or even miso based), the base sauce, the flavor oils (which add a savory umami flavor along with smokiness), the noodles (which vary in texture and chewiness) and lastly, the toppings (for an added aesthetic and flavor boost). Every participant was given a bowl of soup, but then experimented with different types of other components, truly experiencing how every step is intricately compartmentalized and layered differently.
Whether you’ve never had an authentic ramen experience or are striving to consume 2,000+ bowls of ramen like Jorgen, a steaming bowl of noodles is available at Tuck.
Location: Byrne Hall, Tuck Mall, Hanover, NH 03755
Hours of Operation: Tue. 11am-2pm, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
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