Missing out on some really good Japanese Ramen in my neighborhood....until now!
In the past, for those of us who lived in the burbs and wanted a good Japanese Ramen fix. Making the long drive downtown is our only option. Fortunately, within the past year, we have seen a few reputable establishments opening up branches in the Markham/Richmond Hill area. Sansotai, Kinton, Kyouka and Touhenboku to name a few.
Of the four, 'Touhenboku' is the one nearest to my home....only a couple of minutes drive. However, for some unknown reason, it is also the only one which I have yet to try?!
Tonight, this tide was changed. With my kid in tow, we headed out there for some 'surprisingly' tasty Ramen offering! We ordered various version of their regular house special, creamy, pork base soup broth to go with our noodles, soya egg and Pork Char-Siu condiments/toppings. These included black garlic and a spicy hot chili-oil infused option.
Our thin noodles were cooked perfectly al-dente, Soya marinated eggs, with perfect running yolks were delicious. However, the real surprise of the evening was the tender and flavorful Char-Siu. The taste profile, one of the best in town. IMO even surpasses the usual favorite stalwarts like Sansotei or Santouka.
Overall, the experience was a very positive one. Portion size was acceptable, food was great, though price point was a touch on the high side. Only slight negative was that I ordered 'Soya sauce' instead of 'Sea Salt' as my seasoning medium. The result rendered the broth a touch under-salted/seasoned.