Our first stop was Taishoken. Located in Gastown and famous for its tsukemen ramen. The chicken ramen was light yet filling and came with lots of fresh toppings. The tonkotsu broth was rich and packed with flavour but the chashu was a little overdone and too charred on the surface.
Both bowls were under $10, which is great if you’re looking for ramen on a budget! It’s also a great place for groups since they have larger tables.
Hokkaido Ramen Santouka
The cravings returned sooner then expected and we met up at Hokkaido Ramen Santouka a couple days later. The kara miso ramen was spicy enough to hit the spot but may be too mild for some. The shio broth was incredible. Rich, creamy, and with just the right amount of saltiness. The thin noodles helped scoop up the broth and had a nice bite.
If you haven’t been here yet, udon know what you’re missing out on! Once again the pork belly chashu was the weakest link as it was sliced too thick and the fat didn’t get a chance to melt.
Did our next ramen joint get the chashu right? Read on to find out.
Our most recent (and most satisfying) ramen outing took place at Ramen Danbo. The broth was perfectly balanced, the noodles had the just the right level of firmness and the chashu was melt-in-your-mouth tender. Most of us ordered the chashu-men, which comes with six pieces of pork belly, and had nori-grets. Priced at around $10 a bowl, the portion sizes were large enough and left miso full.
To top it off, we received attentive service that made us feel appreciated and eager to return.
I had a great time meeting fellow ramentics and look forward to getting together for more soul-warming bowls of noodles over the semester!