Wednesday, September 29, 2010


On a cloudy, cold, rainy Vancouver day, the best thing to eat is a bowl of ramen! In my opinion, Kintaro is the best place to get ramen. The soup there is made from pork and is rich and flavourful. The noodles are just the right consistency and the BBQ pork there is tasty.

Tucked away on Denman street, Kintaro is a relatively small restaurant and going in large groups is not recommended. Arrive early for dinner, before 7pm, to avoid the lines. If you are in line, expect to wait about 15 - 25 minutes.

There are 6 different types of ramen available at Kintaro: Miso, Shio (sea salt), Shoyu (soy sauce), Cheese, BBQ Pork (extra pork!) and Vegetable. First you choose your ramen, second you choose the richness of the broth (rich, medium or light) and then lastly, if you got BBQ pork, you can choose the cut, lean or fat. And the great thing about Kintaro is that everything is made in house. The noodles, broth and pork!

Vats of pork broth simmering away

Every time I visit Kintaro, I always order the Hanpayaro pork which is just bits and pieces of the BBQ Pork. These are usually the ends and small pieces of pork that they cannot use in the ramen. It is a mixture of the lean and fat pork.For $0.95, you get quite a bit of pork in that small bowl.

Hanpayaro Pork

The Miso Ramen is my favourite and I always order it when I go. But this time, I've ordered the Miso Vegetable ramen while he ordered the Miso Ramen with Lean Pork. I like the miso broth and it's not like any miso broth I've had. Very tasty!

Miso Ramen (Lean Pork, Medium Broth)

Miso Vegetable Ramen
Lots of veggies and even an egg! This usually comes with wakame (seaweed). But I asked for none since I don't really like wakame.

Overall Impressions: I really like Kintaro and the ramen there is great comfort food. Usually when we can't figure out what to have for dinner, we always default to Kintaro. The noodles are just the right consistency and the broth is tasty. And for less than $10, it's a cheap dinner too.

Kintaro Ramen
788 Denman Street
Vancouver, BC
Phone: 604.682.7568
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  1. That egg looks super hardboiled :( I'm disappointed, usually ramen places do a very good soft boiled egg.

  2. It is a super hard boiled egg... At least it comes with the ramen and they don't charge extra! =)

  3. Yeah, many places dont go for the soft boiled egg anymore :(