|Santouka Ramen on Robson Street|
There are so many Japanese ramen noodles restaurants in Vancouver, yet we haven't been to a single one yet. We decided to try Santouka Ramen today, located at 1690 Robson Street on the edge of Vancouver shopping district.
The restaurant is very small, as in Michael and I can hear literally hear the conversation at our next table. There is also tables set up facing the kitchen to make it feel like a "noodle bar" type of a vibe. Since the restaurant is so small it does make me feel like I am in Japan, which is fantastic because it really gives it an authentic feel knowing that everyone who works there is from Japan. Michael found out that Santouka Ramen is actually a franchise from Japan, it doesn't get more authentic then that.
|Kara Miso Ramen (a little bit spicy)|
I was hungry and I was ready to eat my little face off. Michael and I both got a ramen and rice combo. I chose the Grilled Salmon Bowl combo ($14.50), while Michael chose the Ikura Salmon Roe combo ($15.90). All the noodles were served with barbeque pork cheek, bamboo sapling, fish cakes, seaweed and their signature broth. We got to chose what goes with our broth and I got the Kara Miso which was a little spicy but not so hot that I am chugging water with every bite I take. It still had a hint of Miso taste to it which was nice.
|Classic Miso Broth Ramen|
Michael go the classic Miso broth, which was rich in flavour with a hint of creaminess. Michael and I really liked the noodles served with our broth. Everything went so well together, the little bamboo gave the noodles some texture. The noodles were prepared really fresh and soft, it was an obvious that the noodles didn't come from a package. Everything went really well even though it was simple it worked. Just one delightful slurp. By the end, Michael wished he had more noodles.
|Grilled Salmon with Rice|
Although the noodles were delicious, my favourite part was the rice sidedish. I had grilled salmon with rice, served with seaweed, and Michael got salmon roe which were salmon eggs, under a bed of scrambled chicken eggs, served on rice.
|Ikura Salmon Roe on Rice|
I don't know what they did to the rice but it tasted it fantastic. It had a seaweed taste to it with some sesame hint to it. Michael said his chicken eggs had the tomago sweetened flavour, paired with the moisture from the salmon roe, it really went well with the rice. As for myself, the salmon was nice and flaky it wasn't dry at all. I could just gobble up my bowl again if I could.
Overall the experience was really good I wouldn't mind coming back here with Michael to eat our combo again. Maybe we'll make new friends with the table next to us next time as well.
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