Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Shoryumen - Good ramen, interesting place


Shoryumen Noodle House

7100 Elmbridge Way, Richmond

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Food: 3.5
Price: Fair, but could be consider Expensive if you load up on toppings

A new form of restaurant has sprung up in Richmond in an abandoned parking lot by Gilbert and Elmbridge. Originally it was just one trailer style food stall that sold giant takoyaki, but the owner has now expanded that area to include 3 food stalls. I also over heard that a new one might join the scene soon (probably a dessert stall).

Since we already tried Tenku Bakudanyaki (highly recommend their Teriyaki special), so our goal was to try the latter 2. However we were tight on time, and Shoryumen opened earlier (11:30am), so we had to settle for one stall this time.

Since we were literally the 2nd/3rd customer there, we had no problem ordering their limited 30 bowls per day Ton(pork) soup ramen ($6.75). All the ramen bowls come with seaweed, veggies and green onion, but you can get additional toppings for $1/each or $4/3 toppings. For my Ton Ramen, I added egg and Japanese pork. The Ton soup base was delicious, it was rich and flavorful. The ramen was on the softer side, but it was not bad either. The Ajitama styled egg was excellent, the center was gooey and the egg white was soft. The only real disappointment with this ramen was the pork. It was shredded, tough and very dry. Since I am not Japanese, so I can't judge whether this was authentic or not, but all I know is that I didn't like the pork.
R had their new soup base, the Spicy Genki Miso ($6.75). You can choose the spiciness between 1x, 5x, or 10x. We settled on the 5x, which in reality wasn't too bad. I mean it was definitely spicy, but not to a point that you can't drink the soup. The miso soup base was rich with a hint of garlic taste. Since R got the exact same toppings as me, he also thought the egg was excellent, and the pork was disappointing.

Overall, this is definitely interesting dining experience, as you had to stand and eat at the counter. Since the food is actually good, I would recommend people to go try it out. Here is a little secret, after chatting with the owner and over hearing a bit of the conversation with another customer, it seems the land they are currently on is having lease problem, so now they are thinking to relocate. The questions is where? All I am going to say is that it will move closer to me, in fact pretty close to where I use to live. (I hope :P)


Jason March 25, 2010 at 10:53 PM

OOoooOoOo.... this looks good!
but btu but they're relocating to ur OLD area?!?

hmmm it's not that far from me but Richmond is SOO perfect for a location! Are they realli thinking of relocating? Where can u find an empty parking lot like that? haha

Jenny March 26, 2010 at 8:58 AM

It is pretty good.. go check it out, or you can wait till the relocate, because it should be closer to you by then.

Wanna know more details, you can msg or email me :)

Jonnek March 28, 2010 at 10:38 AM

Where exactly are they moving? Is it outside Richmond?

Jenny March 29, 2010 at 9:56 AM

Well, from what I heard, they will be moving out of Richmond before July, when their current lease is up. They are currently contemplating Burnaby/Coquitlam :)

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