Dot Com Lunch at Kintaro Tonkotsu Ramen House

I had a hankering for some Ramen noodles today but didn’t felt like making the trip to G-Men in Richmond. Thankfully, there is a Ramen shop on 788 Denman street, which is just 15 minutes from where I live (assuming no rush hour), that is considered to be the best in the city. This was, of course, before G-Men came to town. Like G-Men, Kintaro Tonkotsu Ramen house is extremely busy. No matter what time you show up, there is always line up.

The line up can get so long that the sushi restaurant next door had to place signs on their windows telling Kintaro customers to not block their restaurant.

Kintaro Ramen

The biggest reason for the line ups have more to do with the size of Kintaro than anything else – this place is small! I say it seats no more than 25 people max.

Kintaro is all about Ramen. The menu is only one page and is very simple as it’s nothing but Ramen. There are a few Japanese appetizers on the list but for the most part, if you’re going to Kintaro, you’re ordering Ramen. While the Ramen noodle maybe the same, how it’s served offers a lot of choices. You get to decide the richness of the broth (rich, medium or light) and you can choose between fat or lean pork. I went with the rich broth with fat pork while Sarah went for the light broth with lean pork.

Kintaro Ramen

If you’re lucky enough to get a seat at the bar, you’ll be able to see the chef cook the Ramen for you. These guys take their work seriously. It’s pretty well choreographed. The cook could use a new T-shirt, however.

Kintaro Ramen

This was my Ramen dish with the rich broth and fat pork. No doubt about it, the broth was damn rich and the pork had a good amount of fat in it. And it was a good size chunk of pork too – way more than what G-Men gave. The dish was so rich and fat that I felt completely stuffed afterward.

Kintaro Ramen

Sarah’s light and lean is the Ramen to order if you like to pretend that you’re more health conscious. It wasn’t as flavorful as the rich and fat Ramen but it won’t kill you either. I think the next time I go to Kintaro, I’ll try the medium broth with fat pork.

Kintaro Ramen

Nothing seems to go to waste at Kintaro. The leftover and side pieces of pork are packaged up and sold for 95 cent as a side dish. If you want a lot more pork with your Ramen, this is a cheap way to get it. Not that you’ll be breaking the bank by dining at Kintaro. Prices are pretty reasonable, with the average Ramen dish selling for $8.00. Then again, doesn’t instant Ramen cost less than 25 cents?

Overall, Kintaro Tonkotsu is a fantastic Ramen restaurant. One that I highly recommend you try if you’re in Vancouver. Yes, you’ll have to line up but believe me, it’s worth it. Sarah like Kintaro more than the G-Men Ramen House. For me, it was close but I’m going to give the nod to G-Men as the best Ramen shop in town.

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61 thoughts on “Dot Com Lunch at Kintaro Tonkotsu Ramen House”

  1. Guys, please line up…. I’m the first. It looks great, no doubt so taste. What’s for breakfast, John?

      1. Good boy. I’ll buy you a dot com noodles Teriyaki chicken … medium size
        By the way I need your Google XML Sitemaps WordPress Plugin. I’m in Paris now when I come back I need it. Would you help me?

        1. Wow … its look like we have benefit to stand behind you 😉 … what other things you will serve to us … 🙂

          1. It depends on who is behind you 🙂 the last one is the server 🙂

      2. I second this motion! 😉 That Ramen looks yummy!

    1. Money-Era says:

      In a saturated, free market economy every business owner who manages to have lines of customers waiting for the service/product is a truly skilled entrepreneur, managing to beat competition by attracting tons of customers.
      Like the most successful online businessmen http://www.money-era.com/tag/millionaire/

  2. Wow, first comment. I love ramen noodles, too bad I’ve never had real ramen noodles.

      1. And she’s taunting me… I hang my head in shame.

          1. Oh well, rather second than third hey! It sucks to get pipped at the post when you thought that have won. Better luck next time Mr PPC Coach!

          2. Yeah, thanks, I’ll have to stay on target next time.

    1. Ben Pei says:

      You should! Its really good.. especially if you get a chance to have it in Japan itself..

      1. Benjamin Cip says:

        I ate a lot of Tonkatsu (fried pork) in Japan, and I really like it, especially with their special Tonkatsu sauce. I tried a lot of meal there such as Tenpura, Tonkatsu, Sukiyaki, Teriyaki, Yakiniku, Soba, Somen, Sushi, sashimi, shabu shabu etc… and everything was damn good… can’t wait to go there for the fourth time!

        1. Hey Benj …

          You really knows Japanese and Chinese dish very well. I like it because these are healthy.

        2. Lee Ka Hoong says:

          I used to love Unagi very much, everytime I went to Japanese restaurant, definitely I’ll order that. Sushi will be my 2nd favorite. There is a buffet restaurant in my country named Shabu Shabu as well, very promising meal and the price is reasonable, about $9 something per pax.

          1. nathan says:

            I love ramen or any kind of noodles since it’s really heavy in the tummy. Sounds healthy for me..

          2. What makes the broth rich? Is it just more fat?

          3. John Chow says:

            Pretty much! Oil too.

          4. Lee Ka Hoong says:

            I personally don’t like Ramen, I prefer eating normal noodles.

    2. nathan says:

      You were first almost. Missed one spot right there. Well sharing your ideas is more important than being first..right? Why is there so many chinese/japanese restaurants there anyways?

    3. I love cheap Ramen. I can’t imagine how tasty the stuff John eats is!

  3. Ben Pei says:

    Oh my! The pork looks really good.. Better than the ones I had in Japan itself..

    How did it taste?

  4. Michael Kwan says:

    I’ve never tried G-Men, but I absolutely love Kintaro. It’s too bad they closed their Richmond location, since parking on Denman/Robson can be quite challenging. Then again, the downtown location has always been better than the Richmond one.

    Rich broth and fatty pork is too much, John. I usually go with medium broth and lean pork. Oh and if you’re thinking comparing authentic ramen to instant noodles, that’s like comparing Kraft Dinner with a proper plate of pasta.

  5. yanjiaren says:

    I cook Ramen at home and make a wicked noodle man. My Hubby who is Chinese says I make the best noodles..well I know he is only being nice lol.Way to go John.

    1. So your husband also knows how to do false compliments.

      Marriage and wife really taught us many things … lollzz 😉

      1. Hahahahahah! Careful now ZK! You don’t want to hurt the ladies feelings! I am sure she is a most competent cook. Any meal prepared with love just outshines most anyuthing else. That is one of the great secrets of a good cook!

  6. Benjamin Cip says:

    Didn’t you mistake the title John? It’s TONKATSU not TONKOTSU…. it’s a popular pork meal in Japan. 🙂 I love ramen anyway.

    1. EarningStep says:

      lol… ramen is very popular all over the world… i love ramen too but i prefer to sushi…

      1. nathan says:

        I don’t like some sushi.. The combination of different flavor doesn’t suit my taste I think. Well, I love ramen and if ever I got my hands on its recipe, I’ll build a shop and sell ready-to-cook ramen online..

      2. I didn’t like sushi until i met my wife. She found a few different types that I actually enjoy. I think the trick is to slather it with spicy mayo!

        1. Hmmmm, that spicy mayo definitely adds some zest to the sushi. I love sushi myself, and am all for the chefs experimenting with tastes and textures. Have any of you guys had a tuna and avocado hand roll before? Absolutely stunning!

    2. Lee Ka Hoong says:

      Ramen is one of the popular food in Japan? I thought Ramen is a popular food in Taiwan too? How do you think Ben?

      1. Benjamin Cip says:

        Ramen is not the most f
        popular food in Japan… I think they prefer Japanese Rice. Did you know that Japanese don’t like other countries’ rice? Japanese Rice “Nihon Kome” has different taste comparing to other countries rice, and it is quite good. Japanese popular food is tenpura, soba, somen, ramen, tonkatsu… etc I also like unagi it’s quite good! Yakiniku is Korean barbecue if I’m not mistaken, but it’s sooooo good, you should give it a try Lee.

        1. Lee Ka Hoong says:

          Oh I don’t know Japanese don’t like other countries’ rice, no wonder they have their own rice which is different with our countries. Their rice is slightly sticky compare to ours 1, but taste good, especially eat together with Unagi!
          Yakiniku? I’ve never heard it, not sure whether it’s available in my country. 😉 I’ll try to find.. Thanks for your recommendation Ben!

        2. nathan says:

          Rice is considered as the primary food in our country but I don’t know the difference in terms of flavor when compared to japanese rice. All I know is it’s more sticky..something like that.

          1. Lee Ka Hoong says:

            Yeap, japanese rice is slightly more sticky than the normal rice, taste good and I love that too. 🙂
            But the price will be slightly higher than the normal rice too, but it’s reasonable.

          2. Whilst we’re on the subject of rice, Basmati rates as my ultimate favourite of favourites. Nothing comes even remotely close to it! I am dead keen to incorporate some Basmati into an sushi hand roll or similar. As it is not sticky it will not do for the more “open” sushi creations that depends on th inherent stickiness of the rice to holsd everything together.

  7. EarningStep says:

    new menu… nice … and make me hungry

  8. Lean pork pretty much defeats the entire purpose of eating ramen. Rich broth is a bit much though, at least the one time I had it in Japan. The soup was like bacon grease!

    Medium broth with fatty pork is the way to go.

    Lean pork…. LOL

  9. My choice would be rich broth and lean pork, please, thanks, SY
    PS This pics are torture for us international readers!

  10. That looks absolutely delectable, and I am not surprised that they are so popular. I would go for the lean version myself, it looks absolutely fantastic. I’ve never eaten Ramen noodles myself, only loads od sushi. I’ll ask the restauranteur next time if he could do me Ramen noodle dish, as he does do lots of other Japanese dishes apart from the sushi.

    1. I used to make a ton of Ramen Noodle back in college. I don’t think it was the same noodles though. Everyone affectionately called it ‘crack-head’ soup. It does a complete disservice to traditional Ramen noodles.

      1. Ramen Noodles are the staple of most college students I know. We learned how to make it 100 different ways to try to make it worthy of it’s true origin.
        Okay, we actually made it 100 different way so we didn’t get sick of eating it. I always liked adding extra cayenne pepper to make it nice and spicy!

        1. That’s funny, I never thought to spice it up like that. Those hot plates sure came in handy though.

  11. Its looking like they are really in high demand. Few days ago also you have posted such kind of restaurant as well.

    I remember that one because in that also there was no videos.

  12. Lee Ka Hoong says:

    Oh my god the ramen looks promising! The price is really reasonable, it’s almost the same price in my country. 🙂

  13. fas says:

    The food does not look all that tasty, looks heavy and fattening.

  14. That’s great John, see that big hunk of fat all wrapped around that god of pork, it’s wrapped around your heart now. That’ stuff will kill ya man.

  15. JoshuaElliot says:

    I love Jap food! If the food is cooked by Japanese, then it will be a great standard.

  16. Money-Era says:

    John, how about starting a restaurant review site?
    You post on that quite often, make excellent photos that make everybody hungry.
    Think about it!

  17. gaban says:

    seems so yumym..yummy

  18. Looks so delicious. One of my favorite dishes japanese or chinese foods.

  19. Fat pork is suppose to be the best pork, just like beef. However, I rather stay on the safe side if I were to eat out all the time.

    -Mike

    1. Yes you are right the fat pork is the best pork. And Kintaro is the one fo the best places to serve them.

  20. Maybe they should take over the sushi joint and knock down the wall to expand the ramen restaurant!

  21. David Hurley says:

    Konbanwa!

    This is a treat! I was not expecting ramen with my marketing blog.

    I’m fortunate enough to live in Japan so I get great ramen whenever I want, but I have to say this tonkotsu ramen joint in Richmond looks just great.

    I tend to favour miso ramen, myself, though, washed down with Kirin lager.

    Cheers!

    David Hurley

  22. Hey John,

    I agree with you and all the commenters that Tonkatsu looks amazing and I am sure that it will taste amazing too.

    The pictures are awesome… and made me hungry..

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