Taishoken Ramen大勝軒

Date Visited: February 22 2015
Address: 515 Abbott St  Vancouver, BC V6B2L2
Website: https://www.facebook.com/taishokenramen.vancouver
Type of Restaurant: Japanese, Noodle Shop, Asian, Ramen, Rice
Price Range: $
Recommended: The noodles
Overall: 7.5/10
(1-4: will never come back, 5: pass (I’m okay with a tinier morsel), 6: acceptable, 7: okay, 8: good, 9: Wow! Please enlarge my morsel. 10: Perfection. I could eat a morsel of this every day!)
Will come back? Maybe
What I ate:
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Miso Ramen
  • 7/10
  • Their noodles have always been consistently good – eggy, bouncy, cooked to perfection, good portion
  • The broth is very thick and rich but lacked depth
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Chashu Bowl
  • 7.5/10
  • The chashu was quite salty by itself but when mixed with the rice the flavours are perfect
  • The portion was okay for the price
  • The chashu had fatter bits and leaner bits but it made for a good contrast (I do prefer fatter bits though)
  • The scallions and the sesames added a nice brightness
  • There was also some depth to the chashu, not just straight soy sauce flavour but the flavour were well developed
Spicy Tsukemen Ramen
  • 6.75/10
  • This one was slightly disappointing
  • The spiciness totally masked the flavour of the dipping broth and it lacked flavour
  • All I could taste was spiciness
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Kimchi Chashu Ramen – House Made Aged Kimchi/ 4 slices pork chasu/ negi (scallion/ dried seaweed/ sesame seeds)
  • 7.5/10
  • I enjoyed this ramen quite a bit because I’m a sucker for anything with kimchi in it
  • The broth, with the addition of kimchi, was slightly more sour than the original and wasn’t as thick as the original
  • In this bowl, it was only fat chashu and I think that’s the way to go it’s much better than lean (which is somewhat harder to chew)
Things to Improve on: Broth and balance
Summary: Okay place for ramen. Broth is thick. They also have some of my favourite noodles. I would say go with the fatty chashu – it’s nice to reward yourself sometimes. If you’re still hungry go for the chashu bowl on the side. It might not be my staple ramen place, but hey it’s still ramen
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