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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Noodling Away at the Winter Blahs

This is a tough time of year for many folk in Vancouver.  The rains settle in and we're a ways off from a long weekend.  Over the years I've discovered overcoming the mid-winter blahs can be as simple as a nice, warm bowl of soup.  I've commented a couple times on the joys of phở, the Vietnamese soup made of beef broth and vermicelli. Ramen is the Japanese version.  The noodles are thicker, and the seasoning is completely different, but the affect ramen can have on a chilled Vancouverite is the same.

Thanks to a large population of Japanese students in Vancouver, we're home to many terrific ramen joints.     Benkei Ramen is one of my favorites, and lucky me, there's one within a 15 minute walk of my office (and right beside my bank).  Part of a group of 5 restaurants, Benkei serves up traditional Ramen, along with other Japanese specialities.

Ramen is a traditional Japanese noodle soup made with a a variety of broths, and garnished with meat and vegetables.  Benkei serves up the traditional Shoyu broth, but for a real treat try the Shio which is made by boiling pork and pork bones to extract all the rich taste. This Fukuoka-born ramen contains collagen and calcium - a source for beatiful skin and strong bones. And its delicious!
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Benkei Ramen
545 West Broadway, Vancouver, B.C.
Phone: 604-568-4861

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