Thursday, October 25, 2012

Sansotei Ramen

The newest contender in the ramen craze taking over Toronto! As Kinton Ramen and Momofuku Noodle Bar join the sudden surge of ramen shops - in comes Sansotei, a smaller hot spot for delicious, flavourful ramen !

Where: 179 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON
M5G 1Z8
Price: $ (Ramen goes from $8.25 to $9.50)

Chef Michael Zhang spearheads this hot spot for salty, steamy bowls of traditional Japanese soups and ramen. He was actually enrolled in the Yamato Ramen School in Japan and worked the quick-service restaurant industry for 8 years before gracing Toronto with Sansotei

The tables are a bit like Guu in the sense that its communal style eating and you will be finding yourselves eating with complete strangers.

We noticed that through out our entire meal, there was a continuous stream of people coming in and out and waiting in line outside. Quite busy!!

Very simple menu with only five kinds of ramen, including their signature tonkotsu ($9.25) which is a pork ramen broth that is cooked overnight to ensure the perfect concentration of flavour.

Tonkotsu Ramen ($9.25)
When we first sipped the soup, we were completely blown away - especially with the Tonkotsu ($9.25). Absolutely phenomenal - the flavour just hits you. The soup is definitely better than Kenzo (have yet to compare with Kinton and Momofuku Noodle Bar) but OH MY. Creamy, rich, milky and flavourful. Definitely the highlight of the meal.

I think this is the first time I've ever finished the broth completely.

For those who love and appreciate a perfectly soft-boiled egg, you will love Sansotei. They give you two egg halves (as opposed to one half at Kenzo) and its cooked perfectly - still a bit runny with its yolk leaking onto the noodles. So good.

J got the Tonkotsu Shoyu ($8.90) which was Tonkotsu broth with fish-based soya sauce. Very flavourful but it was a bit too salty for both our liking.

The zangi (deep fried chicken) is marinated overnight in soy sauce, sugar, ginger and garlic, rolled around in flour before being deep fried. Served with a simple lemon wedge, these small chicken bites made up in flavour what they lacked in size. Unexpectedly moist and tender, DELICIOUS :)

Overall: definitely coming back here. I personally like it much better than Kenzo because I'm a broth person, but J has stuck to Kenzo because he loves the noodles at Kenzo. Agree to disagree! :)
We recommend going there early because they reportedly sell out at around 7:30pm..!
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