Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Motomachi Shokudo

Motomachi Shokudo is a hole-in-the-wall, hidden (quite literally) gem of Vancouver, evident by the long line-up in front of the store and around the corner.

Tokyo-style ramen: pork-based broth with shoyu (soy sauce), shio (salt), or miso flavours, is in full rage in Vancouver. Raman houses have higher stores-per-square-foot density than Starbucks around Robson and Damen Downtown and Benkei Raman is working on its 6th store.

Ramen is not generally healthy. It's salty, oily, and packed with carb'licious noodles and low quality meat.  Motomachi Shokudo distinguish itself with organic ingredients and even organic chicken and fish based broth - no MSG. The ramen gets its delicious flavours from the fresh and high quality ingredients.

Shoyu Ramen
In addition to the low-fat, pure goodness flavours, my favourite soup is the innovative Bamboo Charcoal Miso Dark Miso Ramen.   Selling bowls of grayish liquid with yellow noodles to Westerners?! Yes and it's a revelation! In Japan, bamboo charcoal is considered healthy, cleansing, and common used for sweets.  Its beautiful smoky flavour adds complexity to the chicken and miso broth.

This is (so far) definitely my favourite ramen house. Nothing like a big bowl of deliciousness at $8-10 that you won't regret later.

Japanese Style Cold Ramen

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