Hokkaido Ramen Santouka is located in the West End on Robson and it is one of the most popular ramen restaurants in Vancouver. I tried it before and I thought it was good, but I wasn’t blow away like many other people are. I wanted to come back and give it another shot and try their famous toroniku ramen.
I love ramen, but I’m always stuck in a rut and order the miso version. This time I branched out and tried the toroniku shio ramen ($13). The shio broth was simple and lovely. You could really taste the salty pork flavour in this broth and it had a creamy element to it. I’m glad I tried it because I really enjoyed it.
The noodles were springy and bouncy and there was enough of them to fill me up.
The toroniku ramen is served with all of the toppings on the side and it comes with pork jowl meat instead of the regular meat they use.
The pork jowl was ridiculously tender and fatty. It just disintegrates in your mouth. It’s like pork butter. The rest of the toppings were the same as the other bowls of ramen and I just dumped them all in my soup.
This visit made me see why people are obsessed with Hokkaido Ramen Santouka. Although the toroniku ramen is expensive, the meat is excellent and it is worth a try, at least once.
Yes, for amazing ramen and pork jowl.