[Restaurant Review] Menya Japanese Noodle

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Address: 401 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5Y 1R4

The Molangs stopped by Menya on a weeknight, since it is conveniently located near the Broadway & Cambie SkyTrain station.

Menya offers a variety of noodle dishes at very affordable prices (almost everything is under $10). We decided to go for traditional soup noodles.

Menya Shoyu Ramen – $7.95

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Shoyu = soy sauce. The broth of this ramen was a mixture of chicken & vegetable broth, bonito, and soy sauce. As seen in the photograph, the soup looked (and tasted) clear. Unfortunately, it wasn’t served very hot. On the flip side, they gave us a good variety of toppings: cha-shu (pork), mixed vegetables, soft boiled egg, fish cakes, seaweed, and bamboo shoots. It’s hard to go wrong with this kind of classic ramen.

Nagasaki Chanpon – $9.50

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Even more so than the shoyu ramen, this one had even more going on! It came with a tonkotsu (pork) broth, so it had a thicker/richer texture and taste. Toppings include: sliced pork, fried egg strips, fish cakes, mixed veggies, and mixed seafood (squid, shrimp, and imitation crab meat). The toppings weren’t “premium” (the shrimps were the size of a nickel), but we appreciated the variety and generous portions. We were glad that they put a lot of vegetables because the heavy soup and cabbage/zucchini make an addicting combination!

The chanpon had thicker noodles than the shoyu ramen, but both were cooked perfectly (what is the Japanese equivalent of al dente?). Continue reading

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Review – The Ramen Butcher

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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)

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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)

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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. Continue reading