Have you had the experience of eating ramen that took hours to prepare and can compare to cuisine at the best Asian restaurants? These young entrepreneurs of Hashi are aiming to bring that to you. We were fortunate to taste their dishes and have a few questions answered that would help us to understand the origin of such a venture.
1. How is your cuisine defined?
We offer Japanese and Korean influenced cuisine and street food including ramen, udon, and pocket buns.
2. Where did the idea for Hashi come from?
We love ramen and pocket buns and couldn’t find it anywhere in Trinidad so instead of flying out for a bowl we decided to make it ourselves. The idea for Hashi was born out of that experience; of wondering how many other people here would like to experience ramen and udon in particular. What we love about Trinidad and Tobago is how much our people enjoy trying new things and in the end we decided it was simply too delicious not to share.
3. In terms of authenticity how does it compare to ramen from the origins?
We make a concerted effort to keep our dishes authentic but also personal. A perfect example of this is the fact that we prepare Japanese style chashu pork as opposed to Chinese char siu. Out head chef is a wizard with meats and she chose to use seared flank steak for our beef udon - which I’m sure we can agree is a decadent topping. We use paitan broth which is chicken based for our pork and shrimp ramen and we may introduce tonkotsu broth at some point. Taste is very important to us, we would never sell anything we wouldn’t sit down and eat for ourselves. We use fresh ingredients and our broths, meats, and most toppings are made from scratch. Trust us, there is a lot of love that goes in the preparation of our dishes.
4. How do you source your ingredients
We get a lot of our ingredients locally but some things we have to import if we want to keep the taste as authentic as possible.
5. Where do you see Hashi in the future
We want to grow the business without sacrificing the quality we put out. Our aim to make our food as accessible as possible to those willing to try us and to make those people happy that they did. Of course, we also have some more dishes that we can’t wait to introduce when the time is right.
6. How would someone go about hiring you all for an event, time, process etc.
We can be reached on 478-0864, by email firstname.lastname@example.org or we can be contacted via facebook messenger on our page Hashi (username: @trinihashi). We monitor of facebook page and usually respond within minutes. For private orders we need a minimum order of 7 pork ramen bowls or beef or shrimp. We also need notice of at least 3 working days so that we can get fresh ingredients and properly render our broth.
7. A word to other young entrepreneurs
Believe in yourself and your product and treat your customers with respect