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? 

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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."

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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.

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