Marutama Ra-men | Japanese Ramen House
780 Bidwell Street,
Vancouver, BC V6G 2J6
Today my friends and I all made a stop here at the current #No.1 best Ramen in Vancouver. When we arrived, we joined the little crowd in the wait line for a table. (A pretty normal thing here in Vancouver)
Unlike the common traditional broth for most ramen houses which is made with pork, this place features their specialty with using chicken instead of pork for a rich chicken based broth for all their ramen. (According to Marutama, the broth has digestive benefits + is high in collagen and minerals.)
They also make their own ramen in house with three different types of 'chewy'-ness you can choose from. If you find you have extra soup left in your bowl after your first serving of noodles, you have the option of paying $1.25 for a second serving. (The guys loved this! And I thought it was pretty neat.)
We ordered the Aka Ramen (13.50), Tamago Ramen (10.50) and the Tamago Cha Shu (14.00) Ramen + a side order of Kakuni (5.75) braised pork belly. Their braised pork was a bit too salty to have alone. However their tamago was done very well, slightly salty on the outside and the inside was bright jelly like. For the table add on's they had sesame, spice flakes and some fried garlic flakes. Overall this bowl of ramen was pretty yummy, it's a lighter compared to the usual broths I would have, it's exactly what I think I could expect if someone were to take traditional chicken noodle soup in western culture and put a Japanese take to it.
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