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Gochi Gang

Season 1

December 16, 2019

A Ramen Expert Breaks Down the Three Styles You Need to Know | Gochi Gang

Ramen has become one of the world's most ubiquitous comfort foods. But just like burgers or barbecue in the U.S., the dish can change shape depending on the region and the chef. In this episode of Gochi Gang, Reina Scully teams up with ramen obsessive Keizo Shimamoto for a journey through some of Japan's most recognizable ramen styles. From the history of shoyu ramen in Tokyo, to the rise of tonkotsu ramen in Hakata, to the advent of a special dipping ramen called tsukemen, Reina and her friend Sakura Yagi are getting a true crash course in ramen-ology. But what about ramen in the U.S.? Sakura's father, Bon Yagi, breaks down the history of NYC's longest-running ramen shop, Rai Rai Ken, and trail-blazing ramen chef Ivan Orkin explains his unique approach the noodle on the Lower East Side. A special thank you to the NYC Ramen Enthusiasts Club, featured in the Rai Rai Ken section of the episode.


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Gochi Gang
Gochi Gang is a new series that dives headfirst into the delicious world of Japanese comfort cooking. From perfectly balanced bowls of ramen, to bank account-busting slabs of wagyu steak, YouTube star and anime producer Reina Scully is eating her way through some of Japan's most iconic dishes in the U.S. Joining Reina is a gang of friends and Japanese-food obsessives—from beloved YouTubers like Mike Chen and Philip DeFranco, to anime-loving musicians like Denzel Curry and Thundercat, to Internet-savvy chefs like Claire Saffitz and Frank Pinello. Together, Reina and her friends are ready to explore one of the world's most fascinating food cultures. Catch new episodes Tuesdays at 11am EST on First We Feast!