Happy New Year, everyone! I know it’s been months since my last blog post and I’m terribly sorry for being MIA for so long! Life kind of got in the way for a while 🙂 With school taking up most of my time, I find it harder and harder to make time for things that I used to enjoy like blogging and eating out in general. It’s true when people say the first thing that goes out the window when you’re busy is your social life. For those of you readers who still pop by from time to time – thank you so much for your continued support the past few years ! No promises – but this year’s resolution is to get back on track with blogging and discovering new eats in the city with loved ones!
Over the summer (yes, summer!) Boyfriend and I ventured to East Vancouver for some ramen. We’re still on the hunt for decent ramen in tri-cities, but nothing compares to the ones downtown! Boyfriend knows I love ramen and this time around he was in charge of finding a ramen joint that I’ve yet to visit. Admittedly, it was a pretty difficult task for him but he managed to find Kokoro Ramen through Yelp. Kokoro Ramen is located right on the northwest corner of Victoria and 41st Ave. Similar to other ramen establishments, they offer their own unique broth and pairings. Their recipes are house-made, hand-crafted with no MSG added. To my surprise, for every new addition to their menu, they take up to three months to curate the perfect pairings and ingredients. Price are slightly above their competitors and one thing that is disappointing is that all their ramen bowls do not include egg . So expect your bowl to be at least $15 if you want all the fixings!
According to their menu, the black ramen bowls represent a richer, creamier, and bolder broth whereas white ramen bowls represent a lighter yet full flavoured broth.
Yuzu Honey Tea (+$3): There was a summer promotion going on and boyfriend got the yuzu honey tea to try! It was super refreshing and had the perfect balance of tang and sweetness.
Deep Fried Gyoza (+$3.50) If you order a regular size ramen, you can customize your order with different combinations like this one! The deep fried gyozas were perfectly executed with a generous pocket of meat filling. I was pretty happy with these!
Shio Tonkotsu ($13.50)+ Egg (+$1.50) Pork broth, green onion, kikurage, bamboo shoot, black garlic oil, pork chashu. I can’t recall if we were able to customize our noodles and broth but the noodles came out al dente. Tonkotsu is a type of broth based on stewed pork bones allowing the fat to be emulsified into liquid. Boyfriend thought broth was rich and creamy with flavour. Maybe a little too rich for his liking since he was feeling quite bloated afterwards 😛 The noodles reminded him of the ones we had in Ippudo back in New York as they had a nice bite to them! The chashu on the otherhand was bland and uninspiring.
Veggie Ramen ($12.00)+ Egg (+$1.50) Konbu, shiitake mushroom, infused veggie stock, pumpkin, assorted veggies and coconut milk. As someone who almost always order a tonkotsu-based broth, I was curious to see how the veggie ramen would pan out given the raved reviews online. As you can imagine…. good vegetarian options for ramen are very hard to come by – and boy it did not disappoint! The broth was rich and creamy without the ‘heaviness’ you feel after a regular bowl of ramen. I don’t know how they do it 😛 As for their noodles, I’m not a fan of thin noodles but that’s a matter of preference.
5695 Victoria Dr