Noodle maestro Ivan Orkin is best known as a gaijin — that is, an outsider — who thoroughly dazzled the Japanese with his namesake Tokyo ramen shop (which he brought to New York in 2013). Orkin's life-long obsession with Japanese cuisine began in his teens, when he got a part-time job working at a Japanese restaurant in New York.
In this video from the folks behind the hit PBS series Mind of a Chef, Orkin explains how working at Tsubo opened up a whole new world for him. One of his most vivid food memories involves a very simple dish the chef prepared for him one night: a gooey bowl of raw egg served over hot rice. Here, Orkin recreates what he calls "one of my first real food moments" by whipping up this deceptively simple dish, which also includes a few dashes of soy sauce and a sprinkling of seaweed.