One of the biggest reasons why I love the city of Vancouver is that we are treated to a huge range of authentic ethnic cuisine. If you want to eat food from just about any part of the world, there is a good chance that you can find an authentic eatery somewhere within the city limits. It’s great! From French bistros to Korean supermarkets, we have it all.
For one of my most recent culinary exploits, I tried Motomachi Shokudo (740 Denman Street) in Downtown Vancouver. It’s located a few stores over from Kintaro Ramen House, which is usually where I like to go for my ramen fix. One of the biggest differences is that while Kintaro uses a lot of fatty pork for its soup base, Motomachi Shokudo utilizes organic chicken stock. It’s supposed to be healthier.
When most people think about Japanese food, the automatic assumption is that you would be eating sushi and sashimi. That’s not the case! In addition to life-extending black eggs, you can also enjoy a piping hot bowl of ramen noodles. Even though instant noodles are usually labeled as ramen, they are about as far removed from the real thing as Chef Boyardee is from a real Italian pasta dinner.
The neighborhood around Denman Street and Robson Street seems to be the central hub for ramen noodles in Vancouver. Motomachi Shokudo and Kintaro are located along the same block on Denman, but Benkei Ramen (1741 Robson Street) is just around the corner.
I put together the video below using a Samsung HMX-U10 pocket camcorder and Pinnacle Studio Ultimate 14, both of which will be reviewed on Futurelooks in the near future. I hope you’ve eaten already, because this video will surely make you hungry again. Enjoy!