We are blessed with some delicious ramen shops here in Vancouver, but there’s a problem: These hot bowls are not the most appealing when we’re facing consecutive heat warnings.
That’s why cold ramen, also known as Tsukemen, is great for summer days. You can get the rich flavours while feeling refreshed.
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To satisfy your ramen cravings, here’s a list of the best places to get cold ramen in Vancouver.
Vancouver’s Ramen Taka is the restaurant chain’s first location outside of Japan, and it offers an authentic Japanese style ramen from Asahikawa Hokkaido. While the ‘White Dragon’ is the most popular one, we also love its ‘Dipping Dragon Tsukemen’ with cold noodles. It is refreshing, flavourful, and perfect for those hot summer days.
Address: 841 Bidwell Street, Vancouver
Taishoken Ramen is famous for its Tsukemen. The ramen bowl comes with a plate of cold noodles, soft boiled egg, and a side bowl of deeply concentrated broth. You should only dip the ramen into the bowl of hot soup for a brief moment so that the soup flavour doesn’t overwhelm the noodles.
Address: 515 Abbott Street, Vancouver
Tetsu Sushi Bar’s Inaniwa udon with cold noodles is definitely a treat for hot summer days. The soup is rich in flavour but not too heavy, and the udon is chewy and springy. The noodles will cool you down right away in the middle of the summer season in Vancouver, and the sushi there is delicious too.
Address: 775 Denman Street, Vancouver
Ramen Gojiro specializes in jiro-style ramen, which boasts voluminous amounts of noodles and toppings. Its Tsukemen is made with fresh thick noodle in a special dipping soup, and the over-the-top bowl will ensure that your summer ramen craving is satisfied. Its spicy yuzu Hiyashi ramen with cold soup-less noodles is also a must-try here.
Address: 501 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver
The Ramen Butcher offers the most current and popular tonkotsu ramen flavours directly from Japan. Go for its classic Tsukemen or Kani Tsukemen (crab dipping broth) for the ultimate flavours, or get the cold spicy vege tantan if you’re feeling adventurous.
Address: 223 East Georgia Street, Vancouver
All soup and noodles are made in-house at Sanpoutei Ramen, and its Tsukemen is one of our favourites in Vancouver. The broth is rich and flavourful, and the noodles are perfectly chewy. You’ll also get a pot of chicken broth so that you can enjoy a light soup at the end of your meal.
Address: 4328 No.3 Road, Richmond
Santouka is unarguably one of the most popular ramen spots in Metro Vancouver. Its Tsukemen’s broth comes in two flavours, one with soy sauce and another with spicy soy sauce. The restaurant also has a salad ramen with tons of seasonal vegetables on top, which is perfect for the scorching summer days.
Address: 1690 Robson Street, Vancouver
Address: 558 West Broadway Street, Vancouver
Motomachi Shokudo on Denman is definitely a hidden gem. The restaurant makes its broth daily with no MSG or artificial flavours, and its cold ramen is perfect for summertime. The dish has a unique Japanese citrus flavour and is topped with refreshing ingredients like cucumber, green onion, white sesame, and wasabi.
Address: 740 Denman Street, Vancouver
Ramen Koika has just opened a new location on Robson Street, and it’s already gained popularity. The chefs there travelled to Japan and studied the art of making ramen in Chiba, Tokyo, and Osaka. Its Kyouka Tsukemen comes with thick homemade noodle, shredded pork, and greens, and you can also choose to make your broth spicy or non-spicy.
Address: 1231 Davie Street, Vancouver
Address: 1479 Robson Street, Vancouver
The second Raijin Ramen location in Canada has opened in Burnaby’s Metrotown area, and it is as good as some of the ramen spots downtown. Its cold ramen comes with a rich and tasty fish flavoured soy sauce based broth, and you can make it a combo and get a delicious mini rice bowl for $3.5 extra.
Address: 5278 Kingsway, Burnaby
Kokoro Ramen was founded in 2015 with the hope to serve healthy, delicious, and authentic Japanese foods. Its menu is simple with five different kinds of ramen bowls, as well as a recent addition of the Yuzu Tsukemen. The delicious cold ramen at Kokoro comes with a pork and clear chicken based dipping broth and is limited to 30 servings per day.
Address: 5695 Victoria Drive, Vancouver