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For Ramen lovers - You MUST try this product!!

Charles Yu Nov 11, 2010 06:27 PM

Just bought a pack of ' Yamachan's Tonkotsu Ramen' from the freezer section of 'Taro Fish on Sheppard!
Wow! So good and IMO equally al dente noodles and even more flavourful pork based soup than those from the new ramen joint in J-Town! No joke!!

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    Helen RE: Charles Yu Nov 11, 2010 07:49 PM

    Did you notice what the sodium content was? I've found most of the "Ramen" carry a huge amount of sodium.

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      Charles Yu RE: Helen Nov 11, 2010 08:25 PM

      112g portion. 1410mg of sodium. The finished broth tasted pretty mild though! I was more concerned with the 'lard' in the soup base paste!! But then, when having ramen in Japan, I noticed thats where all the flavour in the broth comes from!!

    2. Notorious P.I.G. RE: Charles Yu Nov 11, 2010 10:19 PM

      Yamachan is kind of the reason I don't eat Ramen at any of the places in Toronto. (aside from it being totally subpar) I even have a bottle of pork fat from Japan that I add to it on top of the fat that's already in the pack.

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        grandgourmand RE: Notorious P.I.G. Nov 12, 2010 04:23 AM

        Are there any noodles, no stock base, that you can recommend?

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          Notorious P.I.G. RE: grandgourmand Nov 13, 2010 12:18 PM

          I'm going to be of no help on this one. I hear good things about Toronto Ramen's noodles at Sanko but I haven't actually tried them so I can't weigh in I'm afraid.

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            Googs RE: grandgourmand Nov 14, 2010 09:48 AM

            GG, that's the man! You're gonna make your own PigStock aren't you?

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              grandgourmand RE: Googs Nov 14, 2010 10:27 AM

              The pork neck bones at T&T, along with a chicken carcass make a really nice broth. I've found a tonkotsu recipe, which means I'll be adding some trotters and a few extras into the mix.

              I'm not aiming for 100% authentic. But it'll be good. I've bought some ramen noodles once at T&T that were on sale. But they had no texture.

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                Googs RE: grandgourmand Nov 14, 2010 11:48 AM

                I soooo wish I was your neighbour.

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                  Charles Yu RE: grandgourmand Nov 14, 2010 01:19 PM

                  Yummmm! How about an impromptu chowmeet?! Ha!

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                jayt90 RE: grandgourmand Nov 18, 2010 06:14 PM

                GG, I would recommend these Yamachan mild pork noodles, in the package from T&T with your pork neck broth. The noodles are mild but hold up over time. Nothing like a ramen package. They are dusted in flour, and this should be removed before boiling briefly.
                The packaged broth paste is very porky, and would be a good addition to your broth.
                Good luck!

            2. jayt90 RE: Charles Yu Nov 13, 2010 01:31 PM

              I found three kinds of Yamachan ramen (refrigerated) at T&T for $4.19. I selected the mild Tonkatsu pork package, and will try it with pork leg slivers and watercress tomorrow. Looks like it will make two or three servings. Thanks for the tip, Chas.

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                Charles Yu RE: jayt90 Nov 13, 2010 07:40 PM

                You are most welcome!
                Interesting to hear from you that T&T is actually charging more for the noodles than the usually more expensive Taro Fish!! Only $3.15 at Taro!!
                BTW, can you recall the other two flavours?
                I tried my Tonkatsu with thinly sliced b-b-q pork ( char Sui ) from John's b-b-q, a Taiwanese runny yolk thousand year egg and slices of marinated cuttle fish. Nice combo and sooo good!

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                  caitlink RE: Charles Yu Dec 19, 2010 11:53 AM

                  Finally found some at J Town. But only the miso version was available and cooked some up last night.
                  They were really really good. Followed instructions to cook al dente ramen for 2 minutes as late night snack. Once again, thanks, Charles. Now if only I can find the Tonkatsu version.

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                    Notorious P.I.G. RE: caitlink Dec 19, 2010 12:11 PM

                    That's a hard one, the Tonkotsu flavor in a couple different varieties sells out fast.

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                      Charles Yu RE: caitlink Dec 19, 2010 03:39 PM

                      T&T at Warden always have a good supply of the Tonkatsu version. Different texture noodle used though!!

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                        caitlink RE: Charles Yu Dec 19, 2010 09:22 PM

                        Difficult to find good ramen in TO for sure. Will definitely eat my fill when we go to San Francisco for vacation.

                        Will try T&T tomorrow. When I bought the ramen from J Town, it was in the fridge but not frozen and therefore I only needed to cook the noodle for 2 min. Would you recommend buying the completely frozen ones? Would the quality be ok - we eat frozen Japanese udon all the time since we prefer the chewy texture and no longer buy the generic chinese ones in the supermarkets.

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                          Notorious P.I.G. RE: caitlink Dec 19, 2010 10:44 PM

                          Frozen ones are fine and the quality is not horrible.

                          San Francisco doesn't have the greatest Ramen either although far better than what we have here. If you're hunting for the best, hit Santouka at San Jose's Mitsuwa, and Ramen Halu also in San Jose.

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                          Notorious P.I.G. RE: Charles Yu Dec 19, 2010 10:33 PM

                          Good to know. I can never find it at J-Town or most other places I check.

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                            ace123 RE: Charles Yu Dec 21, 2010 02:01 PM

                            Yamachan's Ramen (Tonkotsu, miso and shoyo)is available at Sunny supermarket (Leslie & Finsh) at $1.99. They are in freezer section next to frozen udon.

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                              Charles Yu RE: ace123 Dec 21, 2010 02:16 PM

                              Wow!!! Thats a couple of bucks cheaper than other places! Hope they are not Mainland Chinese knock-offs?!! Ha! May be they are past their expiry date? I'm always skeptical when great products are being discounted like that?!!

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                                ace123 RE: Charles Yu Dec 21, 2010 03:05 PM

                                I checked if there's any best before or expiry date and couldn't find any. There's a number stamped on the back. One pack with 016270, the other with 081110. Not sure what that mean. They are the same as what I bought from Taro.
                                There were about 20 packs in the freezer.

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                                  caitlink RE: ace123 Dec 22, 2010 05:05 PM

                                  Thanks, everyone. Been looking for these ever since Charles mentioned them but difficult to find. Bought the last 3 packages in the freezer today. Lots of the other 2 flavours left but only 3 pork base/green ones.

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                                    Chester Eleganté RE: caitlink Dec 23, 2010 10:35 AM

                                    Feel free to use less water for the soup than they recommend.

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                                      LUV_TO_EAT RE: caitlink Dec 23, 2010 03:50 PM

                                      Hoarder! Went there today and couldn't find any Tonkatsu..now I know why. Bought one Miso and one Shoyu to try. FYI lots of Miso, only a few Shoyu left at Sunny.

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                                        caitlink RE: LUV_TO_EAT Feb 23, 2011 07:31 PM

                                        The ramen and japanese udon are the only noodles we eat now. No more instant noodle. However, the ramen that comes with the pork bone soup base and miso are not the same. We prefer the pork bone soup base but for noodle, we like the noodle from the miso pack.

                      2. aser RE: Charles Yu Feb 23, 2011 01:52 PM

                        Found Myojo nama ramen today at T&T for $5.67 a pack. They had miso and shio.....I resisted buying at that price. Package says 3 serviings in kanji.

                        I also purchased Marutai Kumamoto black garlic tonkotsu ramen from Foodymart a month ago. Have yet to try it.....but it was around $3ish.


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                          LUV_TO_EAT RE: aser Feb 23, 2011 02:47 PM

                          Might have to give this a try because I can't seem to find Yamanchan anymore at the sources mentioned here anymore.

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                            aser RE: LUV_TO_EAT Feb 23, 2011 02:57 PM

                            T&T still has Yamachan, it's the top row of the first pic. Same price as before, in the refridgerated section by the miso paste/kim chi.

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                              LUV_TO_EAT RE: aser Feb 23, 2011 03:24 PM

                              Which T&T is that at?

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                                aser RE: LUV_TO_EAT Feb 23, 2011 07:24 PM

                                Cherry st, downtown. If they have it, I'm sure Warden/Steeles must have it.

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                                  sumashi RE: aser Feb 23, 2011 10:09 PM

                                  Yes, I definitely saw it at the Warden/Steeles location last time i was there. In the refrigerated section nearest to the cooked food area.

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                                  Whats_For_Dinner RE: LUV_TO_EAT Feb 23, 2011 07:32 PM

                                  The Mississauga location had it too, not too long ago.

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