After spending a week in Japan in 2010, one of my favourite things to eat became Ramen. I think I pretty much had it everyday and didn’t even get sick of it. It does help that every ramen shop was different and there was pretty much a ramen shop on every street corner. On sunday after the macarons at Soirette, B and I went to Santouka because we were both craving Ramen. :)
Pan-fried Pork Gyozas
We always start with gyozas here and they are always so delicious and succulent. The saltiness of the pork is perfect, and if you like spicy (like me) then dip it in some of the chili oil they supply. B likes to have it with the vinegar. Either way, it’s so good. My mouth is watering as I think back about it.
Kara Miso Ramen with Green Onion Bonito Don and a side of Kimchi
This was my bowl, it was so yummy like always. I love miso and I love spicy, so this was a perfect pairing of flavours for me. For now, I have yet to find a place other than Santouka in Vancouver that can compare to the quality of ramen I had in Japan. Maybe since the Santouka here is actually part of the original Santouka chain in Hokkaido, Japan. Oh, the green onion bonito rice was also a nice complement with the ramen.
Miso Ramen with Ikura Gohan
This was B’s bowl. Ever since she got introduced to salmon roe by her bf, she developed a love for it. I’m not much of a fan, but judging by how fast she finished her food, it was probably really good.
The Final Verdict: Santouka is my favourite place for ramen outside of Japan. The place is always busy and there’s always lineups, so I’m sure it’s many others’ favourite too. They also have super friendly service that reminds me of being in Japan. A must try!
Just for fun, check out this cool infographic about ramen.
Happy Eating! -J