Lunch At Motomachi Shokudo Ramen House

Motomachi Shokudo is a ramen restaurant located on Denman street, just one block from the famous Kintaro Tonkotsu Ramen House. It turns out that the owner of Kintaro also owns Motomachi. However, the two stores are not clones of each other. Where as Kintaro serves traditional ramen like you get in Japan, the ramen at Motomachi is more new age and aimed at health aware diners.

In terms of popularity, Kintaro is the busier place as there is always a line up. I guess when it comes to ramen, healthy eating isn’t as big a deal. The main difference between Motomachi and Kintaro is the soup base. Where Kintaro can make your soup with enough fat to make your stomach shut down, the soup base at Motomachi is very light with hardly any fat in it. The pork at Motomachi is leaner than Kintaro and the eggs and chicken are organic.

Motomachi is a very small restaurant. There is enough seating for only 20 people – 4 at the bar, 6 at three small tables along the wall and window and 10 at a common area table. Don’t expect any privacy and be prepared to move as the wait staff can shuffle diners around to best accommodate everyone.

Motomachi Skokudo Ramen

I ordered the extra pork ramen with a pork based soup with natural sea salt. The dish contain the best tasting organic egg that I’ve ever consumed. The yolk was simply amazing. Overall, I found the dish very tasty and extremely refreshing.

Motomachi Skokudo Ramen

Sarah ordered the spicy miso ramen with organic chicken. She enjoyed it a lot and found the spiciness at just the right level – not so hot that you can’t taste the miso anymore but not so mild that there was no more kick.

As for which restaurant is better, it really depends on your taste. If you want to taste true ramen like you get in Japan, then Kintero is your choice. However, if you’re more of a health nut, then you’ll want to try Motomachi. Either way, you can’t go wrong as both restaurants make some amazingly good ramen.

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21 thoughts on “Lunch At Motomachi Shokudo Ramen House”

  1. Michael Kwan says:

    I was there a few days ago too. Different than Kintaro. Not necessarily better or worse, just different.

    My video of Motomachi Shokudo Ramen House

    1. Nice to see that John did not added video but ultimately we got it from you.

  2. You always find the coolest places to eat in Vancouver John! Nice.

    1. BikiniValley says:

      Its the money that talks….else its not hard to find the coolest place.

  3. Kaja says:

    That second one looks like something a threw up after new years… Probably tastes better than it looks though…

  4. chester says:

    That place rules. And they make their own noodles. If I’m not mistaken, the meat is organic too. It’s busy, good luck getting a seat!

  5. There is just nothing like organic eggs. Once you’ve tasted the real thing thare is just no ways that you can go back to eating concentration camp chicken’s eggs. I do fins it surprising that hte healthier alternative seems to be the less popular, but believe you me it is a step in the right direction, as so many more people are becoming health conscious.

  6. George says:

    Awesome! I love ramen. Especially tonkotsu.

    It’s interesting to see how you can create a new business out of strange combinations, like organic ramen! Yesterday I heard about an organic sushi bar.

    Thanks for the great pictures.

  7. Cdinsky says:

    Want to live long (er)? Eat organic always.

    The less pesticides, herbicides, additives, fumigants, fungicides, insecticides, eatyourincides, and fake chemical inGREEDients, the better for you. Go to Moto.

    oh and by the way, avoid meat from animals fed sewage sludge by products and ground up pets.

    On that note, happy happy!

  8. Bidet says:

    Wow that ramen looks so good. Organic is a good way to go, a lot of people nowadays will only eat organic.

  9. mmo says:

    So what was the bill? Is it reasonable here?

    1. John Chow says:

      Ya, it was quite reasonably. The bill came to only $22.

  10. That second one looks like something a threw up after new years… Probably tastes better than it looks though…

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  11. Always love ramen. It is one of my fave food.

  12. We are missing video John.

    You should add video of such great tasty food.

  13. Great looking food there. Personally, I’d go with the healthier Motomachi, to start off 2010 by at least trying to be eat heathy.

  14. Its good that you got a chance to try both and compare

  15. Custom Essay says:

    I just notice corn there… I love it, you can make so many dishes with it. It must be tasty John.

  16. Sushi is about as far as I have gotten into the Japanese scene. Looks like I may have to expand my horizons 🙂

  17. S Ahsan says:

    John that food is insane :).. i havent had good ramen for a long time.. I am basically trying to learn cooking when free.. its pretty sweet 🙂

  18. the food lucking yummy to me

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