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Ramenoli is Yuji Haraguchi’s Major Fusion Innovation

By Miyuki Meinaka (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Yuji Haraguchi grew up eating ramen (though he wasn’t crazy about it). Then he cut his teeth as a prep cook at Italian eateries in New York. And thus was born his brilliant idea: use the classic Japanese noodle to wrap ravioli-style filling. He’s now opened his own pop-up restaurant featuring lighter snack-sized ramen ravioli (ramenoli?), and it’s become so popular he’ll be expanding to a permanent place. Brendan chats with Yuri about playing noodle match-maker.