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I am back in Toronto and the weather outside is “frightful”!  One of the best comfort food on a chilly, or should I say frosty, day is a steaming hot bowl of ramenRamen is a very popular noodle dish in Japan served in different flavoured broth soup (mostly pork-based) with several types of noodles and a variety of meat and vegetable toppings to choose from. Toronto witnessed a sudden surge of ramen restaurant openings in the past two years, although a few have been around earlier. A little late compared to other major cities in North America that also experienced a growth in ramen shops, nevertheless, better late than never. The long lines in many of these ramen places attest to their popularity —  not only is it democratically priced, but it also “hits the spot”!

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New York chef David Chang’s Momofuku on University Avenue

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Noodle Bar is on the main level

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Ramen Raijin on Gerrard east of Yonge

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A Vancouver transplant that opened in late 2012

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Kinton Ramen on Baldwin

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Brought to you by the folks of Guu Izakaya

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Hokkaido Ramen Santouka on Dundas west of Church

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Originating from Hokkaido, Japan with branches in Southeast Asia and the U.S.

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Touhenboku Ramen on Queen West opened in Nov 2013

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One of the few that uses chicken broth and a $40,000 ramen maker

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Sansotei on Dundas West opened in 2012

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The line forms outside

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Kenzo opened in 2003 and now has four restaurants in Toronto

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Ryus Noodle Bar set up shop this year on Baldwin Street

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After choosing the type of ramen, you choose a special sauce or oil

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Manpuku on McCaul has been around since 2008

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