Gallery: Ramen for a Cause: Ivan Orkin and Shigetoshi Nakamura Raise Funds for Sandy Relief at Smorgasburg

Toasted rye noodles
Toasted rye noodles

These toasted rye noodles are custom made for Ivan Orkin by Sun Noodle, which is "quickly becoming something like the Pat LaFrieda of noodles".

Massaging the noodles
Massaging the noodles

Each ball of raw noodles gets a quick massage to enhance texture.

Noodles cook
Noodles cook

The portion-sized noodle balls boil in individual strainers.

Pork broth
Pork broth

There's nothing like rich pork broth on a crisp fall day.

Noodles cook
Noodles cook

Shigetoshi Nakamura adds the next batch of noodles to the pot.

Draining the noodles
Draining the noodles

When the noodles are ready, each serving is drained with one, quick, ninja-like move.

No ramen no life
No ramen no life

This man takes his ramen very seriously. Note the ramen-draining stance on his shirt.

Shoyu
Shoyu

Each cup of ramen is carefully built layer by layer. The bottommost layer is shoyu sauce (a type of soy sauce), which gives an extra dose of saltiness and savoriness to the broth.

Pork broth
Pork broth

The pork broth is ladled in next...

Noodles
Noodles

... followed by a single helping of freshly cooked noodles.

Noodles
Noodles

This ain't your average cup o' noodles.

Fish powder
Fish powder

Next in is a helping of fish powder, which has been blended with grated Parmesan cheese. And you thought it was only good for topping Italian pasta!

Pork belly
Pork belly

The slowly stewing pork belly is added next.

Green onions
Green onions

And finally a handful of chopped green onion completes your perfect cup of ramen.

Try it at home!
Try it at home!

Everyone who purchased a cup of ramen got an extra packet of noodles to take home.

Ramen
Ramen

A perfect cup straight from the hands of ramen masters.