Santouka Ramen – Vancouver
Let’s go eat ramen in Vancouver!!!!! Yum, yum, yummerrrrrrsssss!!!!!!
When my mom + big sis Ashley flew up from Los Angeles before the holidays, I was constantly bragging about all the great Asian food one’s belly could consume in Vancouver. I had been wanting to try out Santouka Ramen on Robson since I’ve been reading so many good things about it! My mom was like, “Yes, please!”. Hai! Okay!!!! Ramen Attack!!!!
Santouka Ramen opened up it’s first shop in Japan’s most northern island, Hokkaido. Now it is a chain with TONS of shops all over Japan!!!! In addition, there are also locations in the U.S., China, Malaysia + Indonesia! Look them up!
It was a significantly long wait, but when we were seated, our order was immediately taken + the food followed shortly after! Hai! Japanese efficiency!!! Hai!!!! After all the hype, my mom decided not to order ramen + ordered a vegetable stir fry + the Ikura (roe) Bowl. Go figure!
It also came with a slice of kamaboko, (fish cake) green onion, bamboo shoots + wood ear mushroom. I ordered a side of eggy wegg. My sister actually preferred her Miso Ramen to my fancy schmancy one, as she thought her pork was juicier! I think I might stick with the classic Cha-shu Miso Ramen next time! Nevertheless, DELICIOUS!!!! A tremendous difference from the “ramen” I had at Shikiji in Calgary!!!!! My faith is renewed in Canadian ramen!!!! Hallelujiah!!!!!
Mom made an interesting observation + said that she found the broth to be too strong + thick. Popular ramen shops even in Los Angeles have been featuring this really rich, thick, porky broth. Mom is old school + likes her broth light + thin!
As we were getting ready to leave, we noticed that there was no longer a line + the restaurant wasn’t as packed. Note to self, go to Santouka after 2:30pm!!!!
Although Santouka is a massive chain restaurant, the food is top notch! They definitely have not lost anything in terms of taste + good service! ARIGATO GOZAIMASU!!!!!