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May 12, 2013 05:13 PM

Marutama Ramen

On Bidwell between Robson and Alberni, amongst the other ramen shops. Housemade noodles, of the thinner variety, hitting that level of toothsomeness that I prefer and haven't found at the other places. The egg was also quite lovely. Chicken broth base, which some might not be crazy about - I liked it, for what it's worth.

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  1. Wow, ramen is getting expensive:


    Still, I can't wait to try it! Thanks for the tip!

    8 Replies
    1. re: flowbee

      I tried it and loved it! Nice change from all the pork-based broth.


      Die! Die! Must try!

      1. re: flowbee

        That $18 bowl of Zenbu Ramen would be well followed by a $3 donut from Lucky's ......

        1. re: LotusRapper

          Sounds like the ultimate meal for a stoner who's also a foodie...

          1. re: flowbee

            Well now I'm just piqued to try an $18 bowl of ramen, just to see if/how I get disappointed, like that $11 bowl of Champion beef noodles I had at Chef Hung (Aberdeen Centre) ........

            1. re: LotusRapper

              Chef Hung? I've been there so many times. I love their robust, chewy noodles :D Why didn't you like it? Other than the price...you can be honest.

              1. re: flowbee

                It's worth $6, just not $11 IMHO. Sorry I've de-railed this thread.

                1. re: LotusRapper

                  I agree - pricing is a bit out of whack on this spot.

                  They originally from Japan. It is a small chain from there, that has four locations in Japan, as well as a variety of spots in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, and Singapore. And now Canada with this opening in Vancouver.

                  They specialize in Tori Paitan broth (a cloudy chicken based broth), and aji tamago (soft boiled and seasoned with soy egg).

                  The setup is a typical Vancouver ramen spot with lots of wooden tables and a counter.

                  I ordered the house specialty - tamago ramen. They offer a regular and spicy version, and I opted for spicy. The bowl arrived very quickly and at first looking at it I thought it may be the wrong order as it didn't look spicy at all. The soup was topped with green onions, aosa, the aji tamago, and two slices of chashu. The broth was in fact actually spicy - it had a pleasant level of spiciness - deceptively so! I didn't detect any MSG, and quite enjoyed the chicken based broth. The aosa was a nice touch, and the chashu had a decent amount of fat so it was quite juicy and flavourful. The aji tamago was perfectly soft boiled and when cracking it open added the yolk to the broth creating a very pleasant texture. The noodles tasted fresh made to me. I'm not sure if they make them in house or not, but they certainly tasted like they do. They had a pleasant chew and were cooked perfectly. These were very nice noodles.

                  Overall a very respectable bowl of ramen. Although I'm still always a bit put off by ramen pricing in Vancouver compared to Japan. But that is a local market phenomenon I suppose!

                  1. re: YVRChow

                    I'm wondering about their noodles too. To the right of their entrance is an area that looks like a noodle-making corner...but I might be wrong. They have stacks of ramen trays there...