NOBLE SQUARE — It’s by no means too late for somebody to heed their true calling. For Rudong “Rudy” Fan, a hearty ramen bowl he had whereas working at an accounting agency modified the trajectory of the place he wished his life to go.
“At that second, that heat bowl of ramen healed me and took away all of my stress,” Fan stated. “And at that second, I began asking myself an enormous query: Why am I doing issues that I don’t really feel enthusiastic about? I feel that was one of many first moments that I began connecting every part.”
Now, Fan’s goals have turned to actuality as opened his long-awaited ramen restaurant, named Rudy’s Ramen, in early July at 1146 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Rudy’s stresses the comforting features of the ramen meal, terming it as “a type of self-care,” “a bowl of happiness” and “a world of pure pleasure” in varied social media posts.
The restaurant has a good menu with six completely different ramen bowls, together with miso and tonikotsu ramen with quite a few toppings choices (like black mushrooms and spicy miso pork), in addition to a number of appetizers like tokoyaki (octopus puffs) and karaage (marinated) hen with house-made sauces.
Whereas he runs his restaurant, Fan can be going for his masters of enterprise administration diploma on the College of Chicago Sales space Faculty of Enterprise. A few of his friends weren’t positive about this transfer as a result of they thought it will be tough for him to juggle all his obligations. However when 2022 rolled round, he determined to get his ardour undertaking off the bottom.
“There have been instances the place I wished to give up, however folks would attempt my meals and instructed me they actually favored it,” Fan stated. “It’s actually issues like that that stored me going.”
Fan famous how the elements used at Rudy’s Ramen is thoughtfully sourced and ready. Whether or not it’s freshly lower garlic, or marinated soft-boiled Ajitama eggs, the restaurant focuses on genuine taste for patrons to recollect, he stated.
“We use recent garlic and lower them on a regular basis,” Fan stated. “We do small issues like that to verify our elements are at all times recent.”
Fan defined that the explanation the menu is restricted is as a result of he needs to verify each merchandise on the menu is scrumptious, which is extra manageable with a smaller menu.
“If there’s one factor we will do to make our dishes style higher, let’s make an effort to make it occur,” Fan stated. “We actually attempt to do each little factor proper, in order that the flavors actually stand out.”
Rudy’s Ramen is open Tuesday-Thursday from 5-9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5-10 p.m.
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