Vancouver: Kintaro Handmade Tonkostu Ramen

February 18th, 2010
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Our first stop in Vancouver after checking into the hotel was Kintaro. Guy had read about it and as Asian food is always on the top of my list of things to try while out west, I was more than happy to check it out.
The ramen shop seemed to have quite the following. When we got there, the line ran out the door and that didn’t seem to be anything unusual. The neighboring restaurant politely insisted that those in line refrained from blocking their storefront.
Once inside, it was clear that part of the reason for the line was the exceptionally small space. Folks were crammed in pretty tight, but then, pork was involved, so I wasn’t surprised.
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The specialty of the house is tonkotsu. Not to be mistaken for tonkatsu, this is ramen topped with roast pork and enveloped in a rich, milky pork broth.
We sat at the counter and I watched as huge pork bones were lowered into stockpots and simmered for the next batches of broth. Like most ramen places, there were variations on the basic stock using soy sauce or miso, but they all came from the same porky base.
I can’t track down any notes from Kintaro, but I believe I had an order with extra pork because, well, that sounds like me.
One of these days I need to figure out what goes into that base and try to make a batch of my own. I think some research is in order. I’d better go to Manchenko Tei for lunch today to get started…
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Kintaro Ramen Noodle,
788 Denman Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 604.682.7568‎

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