Many of you reading this may have had to survive on Top Ramen at some point in your life. There’s no shame in that. We’ve all been there. But ramen can be so much more than crunchy noodle bricks and foil flavor packets, and no one knows this better than David Chan. He “lives a double life” as he wrote in a recent email to Submerge: Chan is an engineer by day and cooks ramen by night. His blog, Nichijou Ramen (which translates to “everyday ramen”) chronicles his adventures in honing his cooking skills. You can check out his work in person when Chan teams up with Noodo at the Taiwan Best Market (2219 10th St., Sacramento) for a pop-up event on Sunday, April 7, 2019. Things get underway at 11 a.m. and will pack up around 3 p.m., but you’ll want to get there early, because once the noodles run out, they’re calling it a day. Learn more at, and check out Chan’s blog for some great ramen inspiration at

**This write-up first appeared in print on page 12 of issue #288 (March 27 – April 10, 2019)**