|The storefront of Motomachi Shokudo.|
Closed on Wednesdays, Motomachi Shokudo is one of several ramen noodle shops in the Vancouver area, and the smaller of two ramen noodle shops on the same block of Denman St., the other being the proportionally equally busy Kintaro. Being Canada's gateway to Asia, it is not surprising to see Vancouver being the first Canadian city to establish more specialized Asian cuisine restaurants and to have more of them established for a longer period of time. Like the Japanese izakaya or the American diner, a ramen-ya doesn't just showcase food; it allows for a peek into a food subculture. Noodle shops are prolific in Japan, and I heard once many years ago that in especially the big cities of Japan, it's easier to find a noodle shop than it is to find a fast food joint in North American cities. Because of their cooking simplicity, ramen can be considered a fast food, though the good ones will not skimp on the quality of all aspects of the dishes, including the broths.
|Motomachi Shokudo special of the day: Pork and Tomato Ramen.|
|Japanese Cold Ramen|
This is a small place, so accommodating larger groups may be challenging. Also, if you come during peak times rather than before or just after, you may run into a table-waiting game, especially since no reservations are accepted. However, if you love noodles and you especially have a hankering for ramen, or if you want to have a ramen experience without having to fly to Japan, this is by all means a great place to go.
Name: Motomachi Shokudo
Address: 740 Denman St., Vancouver, BC
Price Range: $10-$20