Last night all my research into the ramen issue (No. 1!) of The Lucky Peach paid off at a homemade ramen making session with The Sharing Table. I was really surprised by the few ingredients involved in making the noodles, which – provided you have a mixer, pasta maker for sheets, pasta maker for individual noodles, and of course pots and bowls – makes it deceptively easy to make at home. The final product of that night of education?
Ramen with two types of toppings:
- Roasted pork belly (I die.)
- Preserved vegetables and black mushrooms (I didn’t photograph that one cause who likes black mushrooms anyway? [Not this girl.])
Alkaline noodles, whooh! Here’s ramen making in forty seconds:
The educator and founder of The Sharing Table is Cynthia Fung, a woman who went from computer engineer to cooking for the company to opening her own restaurant to consulting for Slanted Door (and Pecan) to launching The Sharing Table to putting together her yet-to-be announced new venture. Unarguably those are my favorite types of chef stories – the ones that don’t involve Le Cordon Bleu or CIA. I’m sure Anthony Bourdain would agree with me, too, that these types of chefs have more interesting life stories which result in more inspired food. Cheers to Fung and her unexpected route toward her vocation. The Sharing Table? Totally do it. Since I’m incapable of being the cook at a dinner party, might as well employ those with talent in making a group experience something to remember.
Also, there was a pipsqueak dog in a tuxedo just askin’ for it every time he pranced around in a kitchen brimming with cooks. His name is Monty.