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5 new ramen shops to check out in Vancouver

While nothing beats tucking into a steamy bowl of your favourite broth and slurp-worthy noodles, many of the ramen spots opening up in Vancouver bring something new to the table in order to stand out. Here are five new ramen shops you'll want to check out right now in Vancouver.
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Forget Raincouver, we've become Ramencouver, thanks to what seems like an endless stream of shops opening up specializing in ramen.

While nothing beats tucking into a steamy bowl of your favourite broth and slurp-worthy noodles, many of the ramen spots opening up in Vancouver bring something new to the table in order to stand out.

Need noods? Here are five new ramen shops you'll want to check out right now in Vancouver.

Ramen Taka

 Lindsay William-Ross/Vancouver Is AwesomeLindsay William-Ross/Vancouver Is Awesome

Ramen Taka opened in the springtime in the West End. This is the first location of Ramen Taka outside of Japan, and their Hokkaido-style ramen is different from many of the others we are more familiar with here in Vancouver.To keep with the Hokkaido tradition, your broth at Ramen Taka can be punctuated with the addition of lard (or a non-animal oil for their special vegan broth). This is because in Hokkaido, locals prefer to slurp from extremely hot bowls of soup; the extra fat seals in the heat.

Address: 841 Bidwell Street, Vancouver

Ramen Koika

 The seafood ramen at Koika is a best-seller (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancouver Is Awesome)The seafood ramen at Koika is a best-seller (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancouver Is Awesome)

This spring, Ramen Koika joined the ranks of the noodle shops serving up hot bowls on Robson, though this is the second Vancouver location for the locally-based venture. Koika’s Nagasaki-style pork broth ramen offerings are the go-to here, like the Black Garlic, as are the more gourmet-inspired offerings, like the King’s Seafood. All the noodles are made on the premises, too--both thin and regular.

Address: 1479 Robson Street, Vancouver

Kokoro Tokyo Mazesoba

File this one in the opening soon column. Kokoro Tokyo Mazesoba is headed to Vancouver's downtown core, and they're bringing their signature "soup-less" mazesoba. They explain: "Mazesoba, literally translated as mixed noodle is ramen without soup. It has spicy hot minced pork, raw egg yolk, seaweed, Chashu, Green onion, bamboo shoot, minced garlic etc. on top."

Address: 551 Seymour Street, Vancouver

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G-Men Ramen

 Tantan Men at GMen in Steveston (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancouver Is Awesome)Tantan Men at GMen in Steveston (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancouver Is Awesome)

G-Men Ramen has opened another location. They've moved into Steveston Village, in the spot that had been Tapenade Bistro for some time. Though they're just transitioning out of their soft-open phase, you can expect to find all of your favourite G-Men ramen, and an expanded menu of side dishes, including more sushi selections. "Soup-less" ramen is popular here, as is their spicy Tantan Men selection.

Address: 3711 Bayview Street, Richmond

Menya Raizo

 Gyokai Tonkotsu Shoyu Ramen (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancouver Is Awesome)Gyokai Tonkotsu Shoyu Ramen (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancouver Is Awesome)

Menya Raizo is part of the Zakkushi Group of Canadian Japanese restaurants. The group also operates Ramen Raijin locations in Burnaby, and Toronto, as well as the Zaukkushi restaurants in Vancouver, and a few other concepts. Their newest “Japanese Noodle Bar” is currently offering a truncated menu of dishes, including five core ramen selections: Umami Shoyu, Spicy Miso, Umami Shio, Miso, and Gyokai Tonkotsu Shoyu.

Address: 401 West Broadway, Vancouver