Alan Richman Schleps David Chang Along to Ippudu

ramen noodles

Random ramen, not the King's.Photo: iStockphoto

Alan Richman writes on his Forked blog about the inspired idea of bringing David Chang along with him to Ippudo, the citys self-appointed King of Ramen, and then baiting him for not making noodles as good. Chang wont be caught sticking up for his ramen We serve crappy Pan-Asian ramen made for round-eyes but he does like the stuff more than Richman, who wasnt that impressed. Chang, as usual, has the kicker, one of his standby applause lines:
[I]f he made such an attempt at authenticity, a lot of Asians were sure to say, Hes an asshole, a wannabe. He added, If I were an Asian, thats what Id say about me.

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