Over the past few months, I have grown to love eating ramen more and more. This new found craving has led me to explore many different ramen restaurants around the city. On this occasion, I decided to visit Taishoken Ramen which is located in downtown Vancouver around Tinseltown.
Shio Ramen (Regular- $9.95)
This pork and chicken broth was seasoned with salt. However, I did not find it as flavourful and rich as other ramen joints. Overall, it was just plain salty. I also got to choose the type of cha shu I want (either pork shoulder which is leaner or pork belly which is fattier). I opted for the pork shoulder. Although the meat was tender, it was a bit too lean than what I would have liked. The noodles were cooked perfectly al dente.
Tsuke-men Ramen (Regular- $11.45)
This appeared to be really popular as I saw a lot of people ordering it. This is a great one to order during a warmer day. I loved that the cold noodles were more dense and chewy. The thick dipping broth was unique but it was way too salty and I personally did not enjoy the taste of the added garlic.
Pork Gyozas ($4.50)
These could have been pan fried a little longer to get a slightly crunchier outer layer on the dumpling shell. In terms of taste, they were nothing special compared to other original pork gyozas you can possibly make at home.
Overall, I thought this authentic Japanese ramen join was just okay. I still prefer Ramen Jinya or Santouka the most because of their tasty broths.