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Our founders Miki and Jared met after after Miki moved from Japan from to Vancouver to learn English. Together, they then moved to Japan, and spent many years living and cooking there. After attending the Yamato School of Ramen together, they toured the country in search of the best ramen shops. They returned to Canada, and opened the first Crafty Ramen in Guelph in 2017.
The two pillars of Japanese ramen are regionality and innovation. We take inspiration from the principles of Japanese ramen and use them to try and answer the question: what would ramen look like in Ontario? We believe the only true rules of ramen are to constantly bend the rules.
Wherever possible, we make things from scratch and in house. This includes all three of our broths (Rich, Chicken, and Vegetable), all of our tares and oils, and our noodles. All of our ramen is made without artificial flavourings or MSG*.
We make our noodles daily - our dedicated Noodle Maker spends each morning operating our noodle machine we imported straight from Japan. Many of our offerings are based on Miki’s family recipes, including our Gyoza which are also folded by hand each day.
*We don't believe there is anything inherently wrong with MSG we simply choose not to use it.