Location: 223 East Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC (near Chinatown)
Every ramen shop has its signature broth. The Ramen Butcher specializes in tonkotsu (pork) broth. Most, if not all, of their noodles share the same broth. You can dictate the flavours by choosing from a variety of paste add-ons. For our meal, we ordered one appetizer and two ramens.
“Not fried” chicken karaage ($5.95)
Oven-baked chicken karaage; a healthy alternative! It didn’t t have the crispiness of the deep-fried version, but it still had the equivalent taste. We felt that the meat was a tad dry, but it wasn’t too bad when we dipped it in wasabi mayo.
“Green” Ramen ($10.95)
The green paste consisted of fresh basil, and on top of it was powdered parmesan cheese. Taste-wise, the basil paste was too overpowering that it covered the tonkotsu broth. Texture-wise, the soup was already quite thick, and the entire bowl turned very slurry-like once everything was mixed. Consequently, we had something that was more like spaghetti with pesto than ramen. It wasn’t bad; it was just unexpected.
“Orange” Ramen ($11.55)
Orange paste = miso paste. This tasted much more familiar (and regular) than the Green ramen. The miso paste was very rich, but also a bit too salty if you didn’t mix it well with the noodles.
Each bowl of ramen came with two slices of pork, and you could specify lean pork or belly pork. The fatty (belly) pork wouldn’t be as greasy as you think, and conversely, the lean pork would pack more flavour than you’d expect. If you like to share food, it might be a good idea to order both types of meat 🙂
You can also refill your noodles! The first refill is free, and second refil would cost you $1.95 (not sure if there is a limit). Great news for those with huge appetites 😀
The ambiance of the Ramen Butcher is very casual. It is very similar to many other ramen joints you find in Vancouver. Paid parking is readily available nearby. We went on a Thursday evening after 7:00, and it was almost a full house. Service speed/attentiveness could use some improvement.
Molang Scores & Verdict
Not the tastiest ramen we’ve had, but the free first refill was definitely good value 😛
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