People of Downtown - Hudson Suit

Posted on : Tuesday, November 01, 2022

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Prior to becoming an owner of the Taro Noodle House alongside his mom, Hudson Suit’s passion for cooking began years ago in his hometown, Saskatchewan. Hudson grew up in a home that revolved around the kitchen and was rich in food culture on all fronts, experimenting with dishes, cooking together, going out to eat, etc. He saw no shortage of opportunities to expand and grow his love for food and cooking as he began helping out around his parent’s restaurant after school in the 6th grade. Some of his earliest memories of doing so took place in the kitchen, learning how to roll noodles and wrap buns.

 

“I didn’t do a good job at it then, but I knew the form. So when you’re taught later on in life, you already have that technique in the back of your mind.”

 

This notion of carrying previous knowledge and experiences into future endeavours is something Hudson knows all too well. In today’s Taro Noodle House, you can catch glimpses and tastes of Hudson’s cultural influences throughout the restaurant’s atmosphere, playlist, and carefully curated menu. Having lived half his life in different Central American countries, he’s had various diverse experiences in the industry as he continued to provide help and assistance in his parent’s restaurant in each of the countries they’ve set up shop, including Panama, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua. Hudson’s passion and recognition of how formative these years were towards his passion for cooking is unquestionable. Years later, he can vividly recall a specific crispiness and elasticity to his cheesy bread at a Panamanian cafeteria that he has yet to recreate. Having also lived in New York, he has taken inspiration from that period of his life into the current day, drawing from the feeling that one has when walking into a restaurant in New York, evoking a feeling of experiencing an entirely new environment once you’re through the front doors. Further influences in the restaurant’s food originate from Korean, Chinese, and Japanese cuisine, some traditional, and others where the different cultures are mixed together. 

 

Outside of the Taro Noodle House, Hudson’s passions and hobbies include sketching, writing, playing magic & dnd, and figurines. Prior to some injuries, you could additionally find Hudson at the Orion Sports Center with his futsal team playing some Monday night soccer. He also enjoys travelling with a specific aim on experiencing food and cooking techniques that you wouldn’t see anywhere else in the world. Examples of this that he recalled were fresh lobster in Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia, Caribbean food in Barbados & Saint Lucia, and dishes in Hong Kong.

 

Alongside the various cultural and personal influences that are ingrained within today’s Taro Noodle House, is a unique work ethic and culture that has significantly contributed to putting the restaurant where they are today. 

 

“I always feel like there’s another step you can take. Some might say the food is already good, why’re we spending an extra hour to do extra steps? Well, because we can make it better. If we know we can make it better, why would we not do it?”