Tokyo Tonkotsu Ramen: Another Ramen Shop in Town

It looks like the latest food craze to hit the fickle Vancouver restaurant scene is ramen. It seems like there’s a new ramen joint opening up every week. Recently, Tokyo Tonkotsu Ramen opened up on Kingsway, across from Metrotown (and about a block away from Yaguchiya Ramen.

When I arrived for lunch in early November, the place was completely empty. There’s a large gong that greets you when you walk into the restaurant. I opted for sitting at the window counter for a bit better light. I found that the height of the seats at the counter were a bit too low and could have used a foot rest for more comfort.

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The menu is fairly limited here (which is to be expected of most ramen restaurants) and I wound up ordering the TTR Special Ramen ($13.95) which included seaweed, bamboo shoots, bean sprouts, wood ear mushrooms, green onions, chashu, and a seasoned egg in tonkotsu broth. I found that the marinated egg was more like hard-boiled with a completely cooked yolk. While the chashu pork slices were on the thin side, they were adequately tender.

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The soup made from pork bone broth was nice and creamy and not overly salty. As for the ramen itself, it was fairly average in terms of firmness/chewiness. Not a bad bowl of ramen but I wish the egg came out with a more runny yolk.

I came back for a revisit a couple of months later and tried their Tonkotsu Miso Ramen ($12.50) with two slices of thin yet tender chashu, seaweed, bamboo shoots, bean sprouts, wood ear mushrooms, green onions, corn, and 1/2 a seasoned egg in a miso-flavoured tonkotsu broth. Flavourwise, this should be very similar to the TTR Special Ramen as they are both miso-flavoured tonkotsu (pork bone) broth. In terms of toppings, it does include corn niblets but it has one less slice of chashu and only 1/2 an egg compared to the TTR Special.

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This time around, I found the 1/2 seasoned egg actually was pretty good with a slightly runny yolk. However, I found the broth to be lacking in depth this time around. It wasn’t bad per se and it had a nice creaminess to the broth but it wasn’t as good as I remembered the TTR Special was on my last visit.

I also ordered an order of Gyoza ($4.99) and was quite pleased that the thin yet crispy skin encased a pleasant pork filling.

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With all of the new ramen spots lately, I had almost forgotten about Tokyo Tonkotsu Ramen until I came back 3 months later. Wanting to try more of their limited menu offering, I ordered their Shio Ramen ($11.50 + $1.75 for a seasoned egg) as well as their Chicken Karaage ($3.99 for 3 pieces).

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While you’d expect shio ramen to be on the salty side (shio means “salt” in Japanese), the broth is actually not overly salty. And while the broth wasn’t as full-bodied as some others that I’ve tried, it was moderately milky, with a clean yet satisfyingly simple flavour. Inside the bowl, you get 2 pieces of tender rolled chashu, roasted seaweed, bamboo shoots, wood ear mushrooms, bean sprouts, and green onions.

The chicken karaage was served with a mayo dipping sauce and was lightly coated with a crisp exterior. Freshly fried, the tender boneless chicken on the inside literally burst with juices when I bit into it.

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If you take a look behind the cash register, you’ll see they’ve made a shiny copper art piece made out of pennies (all 1963 pennies – I’m not sure if there’s a significance to the year).

4729 Kingsway
Burnaby, BC

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Posted on April 5, 2018, in Japanese, Noodle House, Restaurant Review and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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