Black Chef Opens Japanese Eatery In Fort Lauderdale After Trip To Japan
Photo Credit: Unsplash | Jonathan Borba

Photo Credit: Unsplash | Jonathan Borba

Black Chef Opens Japanese Eatery In Fort Lauderdale After Trip To Japan

Florida , Japan , Fort Lauderdale , United States
Parker Diakite
Parker Diakite Nov 16, 2020

Walter Harris is the chef and co-owner of Noodle Station: where Modern America meets traditional Asian cuisine.

The soul-warming bowls of ramen found in Fort Lauderdale were inspired by his time in Japan.

Located at 3045 N. Federal Highway,  Walter, who served as a general manager at Dada in Delray Beach for more than a decade, calls Noodle Station “Asian soul food.”

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“I call it ‘Asian street food with soul,’” he said. “Most of what I learned, I learned at Dada, and by absorbing like a sponge all the soul food, my mom used to make.”

Chef Harris’ interest in Japanese culture, including Japanese comic books known as manga and anime, led him to a two-week vacation to the country in 2017.  He climbed Mt. Fuji, slept overnight in a Buddhist temple, and survived on Japanese noodle bowls. This experience is what inspired and launched Noodle Station.

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“It was the most mental clarity I’ve experienced in my life,” Harris added.

On the menu are signature noodle bowls, including the American Samurai, made with ramen rice noodles and 13-hour braised and pulled pork shoulder; The O.G., made with a combination of ramen, grilled bok choy, and corn; Bao buns, and more.

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