Wednesday, June 24, 2009
6:30 – 8:30 pm
San Francisco Ferry Building

The humble wheat noodles, originally from China, were radically re-invented by Momofuku Ando. Affectionately known in Japan as Noodle Papa, Ando developed new technology to make instant ramen noodles, all the while believing that: “Peace will come to the world when people have enough to eat.”

All of us have benefitted from the quick and easy goodness of ramen. From the desks of salary workers to the dorm rooms of college students, from famous noodle shops to supermarket shelves, ramen’s many incarnations have tangled their way into our hearts and minds as much as they’ve filled our stomachs.

Our panel of noodle experts will explore how a dish born of extreme need after World War II was transformed into a meal of luxury, endless regional specialties, and then, finally, an iconic convenience food.

Come join the conversation with:
Eric Nakamura, publisher and co-editor, Giant Robot magazine
Andy Raskin, author, The Ramen King and I
George Solt, assistant professor of history, New York University
Thy Tran (moderator), director, Asian Culinary Forum

Delica rf-1 will provide Japanese nibbles and drinks, and Book Passage will be onsite to sell copies of The Ramen King and I.

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