Thursday, May 16, 2013

Thumbs up for Sansotei

Since last year when Kinton Ramen opened, numerous other ramen joints started popping up in various corners of downtown Toronto. Amongst them is Sansotei Ramen, which is one of my favourites. It took me this long to blog this place because I always get too excited and dig in before I can take photos!

Sansotei keeps it quite simple with their menu selection. They only have 4 types of ramen soup bases for you to choose from (tonkotsu, miso, shoyu, and tonkotsu shoyu), but you get to choose between thin, original, and thick for the thickness of your noodles. 

Miso Ramen with Thin Noodles  ($9.50 + tax)
Although their menu recommends thick noodles for miso ramen, I opted for thin noodles. The bowl of ramen comes with yolky egg, pork belly chasu, corn, bean sprouts and green onion sprinkled on top. I have been to Sansotei many a times and have felt that the consistency in the soup base isn't always there. I always order miso ramen, and some days it's a bit more salty and other days the perfect flavouring. I remember one particular time when we went first thing in the morning and my miso ramen was extra garlicy and very delicious!

The tonkotsu ramen ingredients are a bit different from the miso one. It includes black fungus, pork belly chasu, yolky egg, and green onion. 

Tonkotsu Ramen with Original Noodles  $9.25 + tax 
The original noodles are only a little bit thicker than the thin ones. I thought that they were a little bit more chewy. The tonkotsu soup base is more meaty and you can definitely taste the pork flavour. You can't go wrong with this classic. 

Zangi   $4.50 + tax 
The term "zangi" has a similar meaning to the widely known "chicken karaage" and is used in areas such as Hokkaido. Since the first time ordering this deep fried chicken, it has become a must-have every time I come here. The fried batter is cripsy but not overly hard and the chicken is very juicy! The small portion is just right since the bowl of ramen can get pretty filling. 

Gyoza   $4.50  + tax  
The gyoza here is also worth ordering if you want some dishes to share in addition to ramen. They were perfectly cooked, with the skin thin and crispy without being too dry. 

Although Sansotei has been opened for a while,  the line ups can still get pretty long especially on weekends during dinner time. The restaurant itself is very small but the seating isn't too cramped. I would definitely recommend to plan ahead and try and go during non-peak hours if you can in order to avoid waiting. Also, they aren't open on Sundays - guess who's made that mistake before.. 

Service: ★★★★☆
Price: $

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