In this adorable picture book for fans of Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao and Bilal Cooks Daal, Hiro aspires to make a bowl of ramen as delicious as his dad's--and runs into some surprises on his first attempt!
Hiro loves ramen. Every Sunday, Hiro's dad makes delicious, perfect ramen for dinner, using a recipe passed down from his dad. There's nori seaweed, briny like the ocean; nitamago egg, the yolk golden like the sun; and chashu pork so tender, it melts in your mouth. Yum!
Hiro's dream is to make his own perfect bowl, and he's sure he can do it after watching his dad and taking notes. But when he gets started, things don't go according to plan. The seaweed crumbles! The eggs slip through his fingers! The pork falls apart! Hiro is worried he'll never be a real ramen chef...but thanks to his father's wise advice and his own creativity, Hiro discovers that every person's perfect bowl of ramen is unique.
A celebration of the complexity and care that go into making this Japanese staple.
Hiro loves ramen so much, "he wants to make the perfect bowl." The noodle dish is part of his ancestry--his grandfather ran a ramen shop in Hawaii, where his father also learned the family recipe. Now, each week, Hiro sits nearby as his father makes ramen, taking notes, "studying Dad's technique," and learning how to create the noodles and broth from scratch. On Hiro's seventh birthday, he decides, "I'm a big boy now. I'm going to make the perfect bowl of ramen." Tanumihardja's picture book debut encouragingly, practically shows how much hard work goes into the food's preparation ("The noodles should be soft and springy... just like your earlobe!"), leaving room for Hiro to try, try again, and at last put a personal spin on the traditional dish. Pate's sumi ink, pencil, and digital illustrations reproduce packaged ramen's colorful, cartoony designs, establishing a cheerfully chaotic tone across action-oriented panels. Back matter includes a ramen recipe. All characters cue as Japanese. Ages 4-8. (Mar.)Copyright 2023 Publishers Weekly, LLC Used with permission.