Submitted by Gastrofork
Ya Ya Ya Ramen has a branch in Richmond that is fairly popular. The lunch rush had not yet hit, so we were able to grab a seat right away. They have a much-needed, large, built-in waiting area.
You can order a variety of ramen – onigiri, chashu, mentaiko and salmon to be exact. During the summer time, the also serve cold ramen, which I am interested in trying.
I went with the Black Tonkotsu Ramen, topped with toasted seaweed, chashu and the soy egg. Here, you can also customize the hardness of the noodles, the taste of the broth and how much oil. I went for normal throughout with the exception of the noodles, which I got on the harder side. I also ordered their Ocha (because I love this drink unsweetened).
The ramen noodles were perfectly al dente at “hard” level. The broth is nice at the normal level - it’s not too salty and yet heavy enough to be filling. I found the ‘flavoured egg’, a not so flavourful. The inside is cooked nicely, but the egg doesn’t have that flavour that I’ve come to love with having a bowl of ramen.
The cha shu is two fairly large slices of pork and had a good fat to meat ratio on them. The cha shu was more tender than most ramen places I’ve been to. This was quite the large bowl and satisfied my ramen craving.
Overall, Ya Ya Ya Ramen is a solid choice for ramen, in the area in particular. There are some other notable ramen places nearby, but if you’re looking for a good, quick meal, Ya Ya Ya Ramen will satisfy that need.
Ya Ya Ya Ramen
Union Square Shopping Centre
8388 Capstan Way, Richmond, BC
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