Santouka Ramen is a global ramen shop franchise that originates from Tokyo, Japan. Vancouver is lucky to have the only one in all of Western Canada and it is very popular among both tourists and locals. Located near Robson and Denman, Santouka Ramen serves fresh handmade ramen that is comparable to what you would find in Japan.
The Shio Ramen ($8) is Sanotuka Ramen’s signature dish. Shio is a creamy salted soup base that has a light and mild taste. Along with the noodles, this bowl of ramen also includes a few slices of cha siu (pork) and some other traditional toppings such as jelly ear, bamboo and pickled plum. The pork slices have a surprising melt-in-your-mouth texture and the ramen noodles are always able to impress.
For a more intense-flavoured ramen, there is the Spicy Miso Ramen ($11). It comes with the same toppings as the Shoyu Ramen but instead has a spicy soup base. The spiciness isn’t overdone and it adds a nice kick of flavour to the noodles.
The Gyoza ($5.75) here are a Japanese classic and a good side dish to share. These pork dumplings stand out from others because they are not overly greasy and their dough does not have an irritating stickiness. They are always fried to perfection, so it’s guaranteed that you won’t get a burnt gyoza.
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1690 Robson St
(604)681-8121 (no reservations)
Everyday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Written by Justin Leigh, contributor to Vancity Buzz. Connect with Justin on Twitter @jsleigh14.