After class the other day, this random guy (okay he wasn't really random, he's been sitting across from me for 2 months now) came up to me and he was like "Are you Selina...as in, Selina the blogger?"
And then another girl chimed in "You're famous? She's famous!"
"Nooo, I'm not famous! I just have a blog."
So we started talking, and turns out he's been reading my blog for a while now, and he heard about me from @vancouverfoodie on instagram!
Yea, it's pretty cool actually being recognized for your work. To be fair, I've never posted a photo of myself, so it's unlikely that anyone would recognize me. I've had a couple of people message me over the years regarding the fact that they saw "me" somewhere (or someone who they presumed to be me.) But let's face it, asian girls are a dime in a dozen here, and it's highly likely that they mistook me for someone else.
I like to keep a pretty low profile, if you know what I mean. I think it has to do with the fact that I'm a pretty low key person to begin with, I like to keep to myself. My blog is the only place that I state my opinion, point blank.
In fact someone in the comments section (I think it was Food Wench) mentioned that no one's ever met me before! (At restaurant tastings or foodie gatherings.) Yea, that's because I don't go to them. I like having an aura of mystique surrounding me (JK...I'm not that full of myself.)
I'm actually pretty lame...and definitely a lot cooler on the internet (the people who know me in real life can attest to that fact.)
Anyways, I literally spent 40 mins trying to find Sanpoutei Ramen...I'm pretty familiar with Central Richmond but I kept going around in circles!! Sanpoutei Ramen is situated in the newly built Kam Do Plaza (sandwiched between Parker Place and Aberdeen.)
I've wanted to try this place for a while now, but like always, I decided to wait until the hype had died down (I'm not one to succumb to hype.)
I really wanted to try more of their menu (did you think one ramen was enough to fill me up?) but the "may contain nuts" warning scared me. The last time I accidentally ingested walnuts...it landed me in the emergency room. Their niigata shoyu ramen was the only dish that didn't have the "may contain nuts" warning beside it, so it was the only thing I felt safe ordering!
Niigata Shoyu Ramen (their signature ramen!)
You're definitely not getting Kintaro-sized bowls here! The ramen was around the same size as the ramen at Ramen Danbo. The fishy essence was very apparent, but it didn't overpower the other components. I enjoyed the chasu, it was tender and the sear added a lot of flavour. The noodles were interesting, they were curlier, but perfectly al dente nonetheless! I definitely prefer cloudier, tonkatsu based broths, but I appreciated the simplicity of Sanpoutei's broth!
Definitely not your run of the mill, ramen noodles!
Sanpoutei definitely gives off a more "sophisticated" vibe (compared to other ramen joints in town)...especially with that communal table in the centre!