Ramen Santouka

We’ve been meaning to hit up a ramen place while in town but haven’t had a chance until now. We decided to try a new place called Ramen Santouka. We got there a bit later, around 1pm, and there still was a line up to get in.

Luckily the turnaround was quick so we were seated within a few minutes. It wasn’t the best seats as they were by the entrance but good enough since we had limited time. We at this odd shaped table that was basically like sitting at a bar. I had people lined up standing behind me.

The kitchen was working furiously pumping out the bowls of ramen. We noticed it was all women doing the work.

The menu had all sorts of ramen choices but Anna and I both saw the words pork jowls staring at us under the heading “Toroniku Ramen” which made it easy for us to order. We ordered two toroniku ramen – Anna’s was spicy (can’t recall the name) and I got miso. We both ordered a soft-boiled egg. I added seaweed as well. We decided to start with an order of gyoza.

The food came out pretty quickly. We got the gyoza condiments first – soy sauce, chili oil, and vinegar. And then the plate of gyoza. Nice thin skin and crispy on the bottom. Taste wise? It was delicious!

Our bowls of ramen came out next. There is a side plate with fungus (I think), green onion circles, fish cake, bamboo shoots, and the pork jowls. Anna also included some thinly sliced chili (something that was hot!). They mixed up our orders a bit giving Anna the seaweed but no biggie. Here’s the miso ramen.

The spicy ramen. We both liked the the broths. Towards the end, mine started tasting a bit salty but Anna didn’t think it was at all. I drank all mine up so obviously not a big deal for me.

The pork jowl melted like butter in the mouth!

The egg was done just how I like it.

The service was quick and friendly. When we left an hour later, the place was even more busy than when we got there. We had to squeeze through everyone to get to the door.

Overall this restaurant was a winner in my books. I liked it more than Benkei and as for Kintaro, will have to reserve judgement until I get a chance to go there again.

Ramen Santouka

1690 Robson St
Vancouver, BC

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