Ima in Corktown Dishes Up Udon Soup for the Soul

Hour Detroit

For some people, comfort food means fried chicken or mac and cheese. For Mike Ransom, it’s Japanese food.

His love of the cuisine stems from growing up with “hippie” parents in the 1970s, says Ransom, who was a vegetarian until he was 15. At the time, knowledge about vegetarian eating skewed toward Japanese food, so that’s what he was raised on.

When the Michigan native (Ransom was born in the Traverse City area and grew up in East Lansing) moved to Detroit, he lived with a sushi chef that helped deepen his love and knowledge of the cuisine. 

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Emily Ransom