Here's how a kid from Long Island became a king of Japanese ramen
Living in Japan, Ivan Orkin started eating ramen — lots of it. But when he moved back to New York in the 90s, he says, "I just yearned for ramen. It just became this crazy thing where I was jonesing for ramen all the time." So when he returned to Japan, he opened a ramen joint — and impressed a Japanese food critic.