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Who We Are?

Our partner HIDETO KAWAHARA, whom the real Ramen master from Japan.   

Hideto Kawahara is the founder of "HIDE-CHAN RAMEN" in Japan. 

 

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His father owns "DARUMA RAMEN" in Hakata-ku, Fukuoka, which opened over 55 years ago.

In 1993, following in his father’s footsteps, Hideto opened his own ramen house in Hakata, the original HIDE-CHAN RAMEN. 

He took over his father’s famous ramen shop and started expanding 15 years ago. 

HIDE-CHAN'S Tonkotsu Ramen is a rich creamy pork bone soup with thin long noodles. He managed to create an original ramen that made him a pioneer in the ramen world while also maintaining traditional and authentic recipes.

In 2002, the first HIDE-CHAN RAMEN outside of Hakata was opened in Akasaka, Tokyo, which had great success. 

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Today, Hideto owns 9 locations in Japan, 6 locations in NY, 3 locations in Amsterdam, 1 location in Cambodia, 1 location in Macau, and is in the process of opening more.) Hideto received a Michelin award for his NYC and Hong Kong restaurants. 

Hideto Kawahara is the creator and owner of both the well-known Ramen shop in NYC called Totto Ramen and Hide-chan Ramen. 

Totto Ramen was chosen as the best 10 Ramen shop in America by the “We Love Japanese Food Survey”. Totto Ramen uses a chicken broth instead of the more common pork broth in USA.

It caters to the more health conscious ramen fan, but the taste is equally delicious and a unique alternative to the pork broth soup. 

Average waiting time for the store was two to three hours with waiting lines outside the door. 

Hide-Chan plans on producing his chicken broth base for his Costa Mesa operation.

 

The Socal operating partner is Hiromitsu Yamanouchi who successfully ran a gelato business in Chandler and Mesa Arizona named Angel Sweet Gelato for twelve years. 

Hiro was extensively trained by Hideto in his Odaiba, Japan restaurant. Hideto and Hiro have chosen Costa Mesa, which is Ramen central area to start their first Socal location.

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(Hide-Chan gives back to the community helping Japan recover from natural disasters) Hideto is also the president of NPO Company named KYU-SHU PROJECT. 

His team goes to disaster-hit areas to voluntary to provide hot ramen to provide nourishment for the people’s body and spirit.  He went to Fukushima right after the great earthquake hit and also same as when great earthquake hit Kumamoto. 

After 6+ years passed from the day of the Fukushima great earthquake,

Hideto continues to go to Fukushima every year to serve his ramen. 

We are happy and horned to have chance to serve our Ramen for everyone. 

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We are looking forward to seeing you. Thank you. 

Warm Regards, 

Hiromitsu Yamanouchi

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