The Ramen Butcher + I'M BACK!!!
HI GUYS!!! GUESS WHAT?!! That's right, I'm back in Vann!!! Did you guys miss me? jkjk. Probably not ;) But I did get a few concerned emails asking where I disappeared to LOL
If you've been keeping up with me on this blog, you'll know that for the past month I've been travelling all over asia! I went to Taiwan, Indonesia, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam!!
Even though I've been posting erratically the past month and haven't blogged about any Vancouver restaurants I want to thank you guys for sticking with me, commenting, and reading, it really means the world to me!! You guys make me happier than a fatty piece of charsiu!! LOL.
I blogged the entire time I was on vacation, so in case you missed it, here's the link to all my previous posts about all the food I ate on my trip!! ;D
Or you can scroll down the page and clink the links in my blog archive!!
Over the next week I'll be posting about my Malaysia, Singapore, and Vietnam trip, so stay tuned!! :D
Taipei Day 1
Taipei Day 2
Taipei Day 3
Taipei Day 4
Taipei Day 5
Taipei Day 6/7
Taipei Day 8/9
Bali, Indonesia Day 1-5
Siem Riep, Cambodia Day 1-5
Taipei Day 10/11/12
The legendary Din Tai Fung - Review of 15 dishes + Famous Shaved Iced!
Gosh, it feels so good to be home. Oh, how I've missed you Van. Your fresh air, awesome food, beautiful greenery (could I get more cliche?) ...there really is no other place like Van. (I just did.) LOL
Sooo what better way to welcome myself back then by getting some ramen? Am I right or am I right? ;)
I only had ramen once at Ippudo during my trip, so it was about time I had some again hehe. I was super stoked when I found out that there was new ramen joint in town, just another thing to look forward to when I come back to Van! So for my first meal back I made my way to the Ramen Butcher in Chinatown!! It's just a hop and skip away from the skytrain (Stadium - Chinatown!) I have to say, I was pretty impressed by their choice of location. Strategically placed across from Phomn Penh and a few steps away from Matchstick Coffee Roasters, where all the foodies/trendy people congregate LOL.
During my meal the people across from me were talking about how opening up a ramen joint in Vancouver (with some help from social media) is basically a recipe for success haha, considering how ramen crazy us Vancouverites are LOL. I was expecting a lineup, but since I was by myself, I didn't have to wait for a table because I was seated at one of the high tables! :D
The thing that sold me on the Ramen Butcher is their Kaedama concept - extra noodles, for free!! Yes, you heard me: FREE NOODLES!! Don't kid yourself, you never get full off of one bowl, do you? Well, at least I don't ;)
Ohh, speaking of ramen, Santouka reopened right? Guess I'll have to go on another ramen run!! ;)
(Click to Enlarge) I like how they colour code their ramen LOL. Black for garlic, Green for pesto, Red for spicy, and Orange for miso!! :D
Dons & Gyozas!! Almost every table had an order of the okonomi gyozas! :D
Diggin the decor!! Especially the paper cranes!! :D
Okonomi Gyozas $5.95
Okonomiyaki, in gyoza form!! This really did taste like an oknomiyaki pancake because of the bonito flakes, and sweet mayo/teriyaki sauce! The wrappers were thin and chewy, and slightly charred on top. The flavours of the sauce dominate the gyozas, so you can't really taste the pork/veggie filling unless you try it individually. The filling was decent though, light in flavour and reasonably moist. Good in theory, but flavour wise, nothing too exciting!!
Green Ramen $10.95
For curiosity's sake, I had to order the green ramen. I mean, how could I resist? It's pesto sauce, in ramen!! This was really interesting!! The soup base had a strong pesto flavour, and combined with the tonkatsu, the broth had lots of depth and flavour. The broth starts off a bit watery but it gets thicker as you eat because the pork fat congeals! The noodles they use are the thin kind - think Marutama, less bouncy but al dente nonetheless. The slice of char siu was absolutely massive, and I was gnawing at it like an animal LOL!! The lean part was a bit hard hard to chew but the fatty part was moist with a subtle smokiness. The addition of ginger and green onion spiked the broth with an extra layer of flavour and really helped bring out the flavours of the pesto.
OMG I just realized something lol. They didn't give me my ajitama egg!! :(
KAEDAMA NOODLES!! They only give you more if you're done your noodles, which keeps the noodles fresh and minimizes waste! I managed to finish it all hehe! Actually, I would have gladly downed a third bowl lol :D