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Hokkaido Ramen Santouka

My last two posts involving ramen have had me concluding that it isn’t really my thing. And it wasn’t! Until today.

I went downtown after class for International Macaron Day and decided to get lunch while I was there. My friend Diana had been bugging me about trying this ramen place since she knew I wasn’t super big on ramen but was convinced this would change my mind. Ed from wrote about Santouka (his post here) a while ago and got the dipping noodles, so thats what I decided I would try.

What I Ate



  • Concentrated ramen broth and a double serving of noodles served on the side, meant to be dipped into the noodles
  • This portion was huge! I left the restaurant very very satisfied


  • The noodles came out room temperature since they were meant to be dipped into the hot broth
  • They had a perfect chew to them


  • The broth was super rich and full of pork, green onion, and an egg.
  • What you’re supposed to do is dip the noodles into the broth and then slurp it up
  • My slurping technique is kind of lacking so I just drank small bit of the broth!

Goro-niku Gyoza


  • 5 fried pork and vegetable dumplings
  • These gyoza had a thing wrapper and were very crisp on the bottom without being burnt
  • The flavours of the filling was very balanced and delicious (not too vinegary like a lot of gyoza)

Final Thoughts

One thing I found really amusing was that this was the quietest restaurant I’ve ever dined at. Why? Because everyone was too busy enjoying their noodles! I really enjoyed this place, so I guess I can’t say I’m not very into ramen anymore!


  • Amazing tsukemen. Will definitely be returning to try their other ramen
  • By the silence of the restaurant, everyone seems to enjoy it!
  • Very efficient service, they’re shooting for high turnover so don’t expect to sit around and chat


  • Super busy, there is almost always a line!
  • A bit pricey, but worth it

Hokkaido Ramen Santouka 山頭火 on Urbanspoon

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