Let’s take a mental stroll back to the Ramen Expo 2017 that went down in Austin Texas last year. I got in somehow as “press’ and was so stoked to be around my people I blathered out a basically incoherent account of my experience. It was hot. It was salty. It was definitely not a ramen festival for samples. It was a way for restaurants to add ramen to their menus and keep it as authentic as possible.
I did get to talk to one ramen shop owner that really made and impression on me. Tom from Samurai Ramen in Houston, TX gave me more samples than I could handle while we talked about BTU’s, about broth, and about noodles. We talked about franchising and noodle work as my face turned more and more red as I downed sample cup after sample cup. It was precisely the pipe dream I had in mind as a food blogger going to the Expo of my chosen field. He knew his shit. It was my job to know this man.
I want to check out Samurai Ramen and give them the attention they deserve. Ramen review coming soon.