NEW YORK (FOX5NY.COM) - The ramen craze is on. The Japanese comfort food is now super popular on this side of the Atlantic thanks in part to this guy: Ivan Orkin. Orkin owns Ivan Ramen on the Lower East Side and is affectionately called "The Jewish Ramen King."
So what makes ramen so special? For starters the noodle has an alkaline quality and is cooked for just 40 seconds. Then you need a little fat.
Ivan created the perfect bowl complete with a six-minute egg and you'll be happy to know there are no ramen rules but Ivan had lots of tips.
I wanted to slurp like a pro but I wasn't quite there yet.
It's not uncommon to wait hours for a good bowl of ramen. There's always a line outside Totto Ramen on West 51 Street. I found another ramen expert to show me the ropes.
Jordy Tractenberg loves ramen so much he started Ramentology, an Instagram and Facebook page dedicated to the brotherhood of the broth.
No matter how you eat it, you should do it quick. After 10 minutes the noodles get mushy.
From Mr. Taka we headed to the West Village. This time Jordy ordered a unique ramen for me made with duck broth. Finally my slurp had improved.: