There's nothing as satisfying and comforting as a hot bowl of broth with noodles. In Asian cuisine, this goes so much farther than chicken noodle soup and while I've grown up with South East Asian soups I have recently widened my repertoire to include the Korean bi bim bap and the Japanese ramen. Now ramen to many including myself is a dried square of instant noodle with a package of msg kicked flavour. But Japanese ramen is a work of art with a deep flavourful broth and a meaty topping and a soft tangle of fresh noodles.
I had read about Yuki Ramen and when I arrived to one of my favourite Japanese places only to find it closed (Kazu - closed on Tuesday) I thought of going there instead even though it was a bit warm for soup. We arrived a bit early and the noodle expert was seated in the eating area and got up quickly to get to work on our lunch. The employees suspiciously did not speak Japanese, I overheard a customer say that it was Taiwanese. Nevertheless, I was in for a treat of hand pulled noodles and a lovely topping of braised pulled pork and a hard boiled egg.
banchan-like pickled soy sprouts that were delicious!
A queue formed quickly after our order was placed and it was a hot day, so I can only imagine how popular this spot is when Concordia has started and the weather is calling for soup... I will definitely be slipping this gem in between tonkinese soup outings!
1616 Ste-Catherine W.