After hearing about Hokkaido Ramen Santouka for the longest time, I decided that I would finally make the trip downtown to have lunch there. Unfortunately, my brain wasn't really thinking and I totally forgot that the Pride Parade was the exact same day. Not only did this mean that I had to walk all the way down to Bidwell Street, but I ended up being blocked off at Thurlow and had to walk back up to Granville. So I walked down Georgia instead, and I could get all the way down to Denman, but couldn't cross the street because of the parade. It was kind of frustrating and disappointing.
I ordered the bamboo charcoal new generation miso ramen ($9.75). I have tried this before, but I didn't really remember how it was like. Bamboo charcoal, which is actually bamboo burned inside an oven at upwards of 1000'C, is known to remove impurities. This soup was much richer and saltier than the shio ramen, but it didn't really have that strong of a miso taste. The bamboo charcoal didn't seem to have any impact on the flavour.
Motomachi Shokudo 元町食堂
740 Denman St