Out of all the ramen place in Vancouver, my social media friend Vuitton Chan loves Marutama Ra-Men. I think she can even order without looking at the menu so all this hype has influenced me to go check them out. Marutama Ra-Men reminds me of the ramen stops I have been to in Japan with the wooden benches and tables and a giant bowl of steaming ramen in front of you.
I expected a diverse menu with tons of whacky ramen selections but instead their ramen choices were more authentic and simple, just going straight to the point. I think the price was a bit over the budget for ramen noodles but you pay for what you get and their ramen was definitely quality ramen.
I went for the classic and most ordinary choice of Cha-Su Ramen (CAD12.79) with seaweed, four pieces of huge pork, thin noodles, and green onions in pork bone soup. I loved the softness of the thin ramen noodles they used and the seaweed was also fresh and not the cheap ones from the packages. The soup was delicious and savoury with a thick chicken taste, I ended up drinking the soup too.
Since I couldn’t get enough of pork, I ordered an additional plate of Yaki Cha Shu (CAD4.50). This was basically grilled roast pork fillet. Yes there is a difference between this cha shu and the one in my ramen because the Yaki Cha Shu had a more BBQ smoky flavour and crunchier texture to it whereas the ones in my noodles were softer and more tender.