Toms River, NJ Rejoices with News of a Unique Ramen Restaurant Opening Soon
When most of us hear ramen, we think about the chicken flavored noodle packages and cups that fueled us through college. I mean, most of us have one of these stuffed away in a cupboard or desk, right?
Ramen, when done right, can be a delicacy. Ramen has roots. It's a Japanese noodle soup that consists of Chinese-style wheat noodles served in a meat or fish-based broth and often flavored with soy sauce or miso. Toppings like sliced pork, nori, and scallions are also popular.
Meet Wayne Carrington. Wayne has had a very interesting life. He was a New York City police officer and executive for Five Guys. According to a profile from APP.com, Wayne's love of Ramen came from watching the Brittany Murphy movie "The Ramen Girl."
The flick is about an American woman stranded in Tokyo after breaking up with her boyfriend. Searching for direction in life, she trains to be a ramen chef under a tyrannical Japanese master.
Wayne wanted to create a sit-down ramen restaurant, and he did. Roc N Ramen is now operating in New Rochelle, New York, the Bronx, and Dubai.
His next venture is a brand new chain of ramen restaurants called Vibe N Slurp. Ha!
Lucky for us, one of the ten nationwide locations set to open will be in Toms River. Look for Vibe N Slurp at 1776 Hooper Avenue taking the place of Bamboo Panda. Wayne hopes to be open as soon as Labor Day.
So, what can we expect? He told APP.com:
I'm selling traditional Japanese ramen as well as Japanese/Caribbean-infused ramen: oxtail, jerk chicken, and curry chicken, as well as other infused ramen such as shrimp scampi and lobster. We will also have a small array of Chinese dishes and rice bowls.
Check out some of the creations from Rock N Ramen where Vibe N Slurp got it's roots.